Lemon Knots!

Hey there! For once, the future isn’t looking like a frightening thing. For the first time in a while, I’ve found myself happiness baking, not stress baking. With summer coming up so quickly, its time for some more lemon citrus goodness. This week, I baked some lemon knot cookies. Lemon-y, but not too in your face. If anyone knows why these cookies are made into knots, please let me know. I’m genuinely curious. These cookies were pretty simple, and tasted like a lemon shortbread.

Make the dough, and then put it into the fridge to harden a little bit. Since I’m a pretty impatient person, I only waited an hour. But 3 hours to overnight would be better, I understood why after I had a little difficulty with the knot forming part of this. Cut it into strips then roll them out.

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Now the slightly tricky part. Tie these into lose knots. Maybe keeping these in the fridge for longer would have been helpful, but once you get the hang of it, this isn’t too difficult.

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And bake away!

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(Consistency not required)

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These are coated with a glaze. I used some icing sugar and lemon juice.

I’m not going to lie; I’ve eaten way too many of these. March Madness TV time requires some intense snackage.

Have a wonderful week!

– S

Recipe from Laura Vitale: http://www.laurainthekitchen.com/all/episode.php?episodenumber=398

I made one third of this and got about 15 cookies out of it.

Ingredients:


4 cups of All Purpose Flour

3 tsp of Baking Powder

¼ tsp of Salt

1 cup of Granulated Sugar

½ cup of Shortening

Zest of One Lemon

Juice of One Lemon

3 Eggs

1/3 cup of Milk

For the Glaze:


1 ½ cup of Confectioner Sugar

Zest of one Small Lemon

1 Tbsp of Lemon Juice

1) In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.

2) In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the sugar and shortening, add the lemon zest and eggs and beat until the eggs are well incorporated.

3) Beat in the milk and lemon zest and make sure its all mixed well.

4) Add the dry ingredients and mix them in so that everything is well combined (the dough will be sticky)

5) Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight.

6) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.

7) Take your dough out of the fridge and cut it into 3 equal pieces. Cut each piece into 12 pieces.

8) Take each small piece and roll it between your fingers to make a 6 inch rope.

9) Tie the rope into a loose knot and place it on the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Continue with the rest of them and place them about an inch apart on the baking sheets.

10) Bake them for about 12 minutes or until lightly golden, let them cool on the baking sheets.

11) To make the glaze, combine the confectioner sugar, lemon juice and zest and whisk to combine. Add one teaspoon of water a time and whisk it in until the mixture becomes the consistency of heavy cream.

12) Brush the glaze on top of the cookies and place them on a rack to dry.

13) To store, place them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge

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