I needed to make some sort of desserty thing to bring to the party on Saturday, and I was going to do something fancy but ran out of time. I’d made a big batch of short dough, some of which I used for last Thursday night to make little guitars and musical notes.
But I still had a lot of it left. I was going to make other cut-out cookies and decorate some and let the kids decorate others, but like I said, I ran out of time.
So here’s what we did.
I took the zest of one lemon, and about a cup of granulated sugar…put them in the food processor and buzzed them around til the zest was chopped up pretty fine and incorporated into the sugar.
Then I took pieces of the dough, rolled it into little balls (about the size of…hmm…smaller than a ping pong ball), then rolled the dough balls in the lemon zest/sugar mixture, put them on a parchment lined baking sheet, and pressed down to flatten somewhat. Maybe to about a third of an inch thick or so. I baked them in a 350 degree oven until just starting to turn golden around the edges. Once cooled, the outsides were sugary-crisp with the tang of lemon, and the insides were buttery and ever so slightly soft.
Nothing fancy about them at all.
They just taste good.