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Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with Lemon Butter Cookies

Jesus, the Light of the World, has entered our lives, heralding a time of great joy! To honor this significant event, a twelve-day feast, known as Christmastide, is observed. This season is marked by feasting, joyous gatherings, singing carols, leisurely strolls, and Christmas cookies!

Today I'm sharing one of my favorites, Lemon Butter Cookies. They are so easy and fun to make and are absolutely delicious!

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

2/3 cup confectioner's sugar

2 large egg yolks, room temperature and divided

pinch of salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

zest of 1 to 1 1/2 lemons

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar for coating

Beat butter until smooth. Add confectioner's sugar and beat until silky. Beat in 1 egg yolk (only 1!), then salt, vanilla, and lemon zest. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour. Beat just until incorporated. Turn the dough out onto a surface and divide in half. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Form each half into a log 1 to 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. May be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the upper rack in the the upper 1/3 of the oven and bottom rack in the lower 1/3. Line 2 baking pans with parchment and set aside. Whisk remaining yolk, brush logs with yolk, and then roll in sugar. Slice 1/4 inch thick. Bake until set 12 to 14 minutes.

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