Lemon Airplane Cookies

As mentioned in my Life on the Prairie post, Jon had his last flight today and I wanted to make him something fun to celebrate. I purchased an airplane cookie cutter and new exactly what I was going to do with it. :)

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I wanted to make something other than sugar cookies… something with zing. What cookie has better zing than lemon??

Ingredients:

2 cups butter, softened

4 cups powdered sugar

4 eggs

3 tbsp lemon juice

3 tsp lemon extract

3 tbsp half and half

6 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

Icing:

1/2 cup butter, softened

3 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp vanilla

3 cups powder sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and powder sugar.

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Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.

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Add lemon juice, half and half and lemon extract.

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In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt.

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Gradually add in to cream mixture, 1/2 cup at a time.

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Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or so.

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Roll dough out on a floured surface and use cookie cutter.

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Set on an ungreased cookie sheet, approximately 1 inch apart.

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Bake at 350* for 8-10 minutes, until the edges slightly brown. (Do not wait until the cookie browns… it will turn out crunchy)

Cool on a wire rack.

To make the icing:

Mix butter, lemon juice, vanilla and sugar.

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Scoop into a piping bag to drizzle over… or spread icing across cookie with a butter knife.

Hint… these disposable plastic cake decorating bags are great!

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Drizzle icing over warm cookies.

It doesn’t need to be perfect.

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You can spread the icing around (icing will harden slightly)…

…or decorate up a storm.

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Ok, I know I lost my marbles with the heart and XO sprinkles… but it was for my hubby. It would only be appropriate to express my love via decorative sprinkle. 😉

And it doesn’t hurt that Valentine’s is right around the corner. 😉

I think these cookies have just the right amount of zing. The cookie itself tastes like a sugar cookie with a hint of lemon. The icing has a more zingy, zesty lemony taste… which perfectly compliments the cookie without overpowering it.

Airplanes + Lemon= a hit.

Happy Baking!

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  • http://www.jensplacetovisit.blogspot.com Jen S.

    Your cookies turned out so cute!! Plus I bet Steve and Jeven would LOVE ’em too! They look so cute and sound so yummy! We have LOTS of airplane cookie cutters, so I better get to baking :)
    Thanks for sharing this recipe Melissa!

  • http://www.jensplacetovisit.blogspot.com Jen S.

    Your cookies turned out so cute!! Plus I bet Steve and Jeven would LOVE ’em too! They look so cute and sound so yummy! We have LOTS of airplane cookie cutters, so I better get to baking :)
    Thanks for sharing this recipe Melissa!

  • http://www.quickcookierecipes.net/cranberry-cookie-kisses/ Cranberry Kisses

    omg those are sooo adorable! I can’t wait to make them for my little nephew when he comes over, he loves planes! what a great idea!!
    .-= Cranberry Kisses´s last blog ..No-Bake Cookie Dough Delight =-.

  • http://www.quickcookierecipes.net/cranberry-cookie-kisses/ Cranberry Kisses

    omg those are sooo adorable! I can’t wait to make them for my little nephew when he comes over, he loves planes! what a great idea!!
    .-= Cranberry Kisses´s last blog ..No-Bake Cookie Dough Delight =-.