Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Apparently this recipe won a cookie competition held by LDS Living and the first time I made these cookies it was clear why. First off, they are ridiculously easy to throw together. There is no sifting involved and I didn’t even bother with my hand mixer. Secondly, they are delicious! I love making these for Christmas get togethers because they are a refreshing change from the expected gingerbread and sugar cookies. They are also fun in the sunnier months because they are light and bright and lovely. They pair wonderfully with orange juice mimosas or after dinner Riesling.

Makes 2-3 dozen.

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Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour*
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 350. Grease baking sheets with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper or one of those fancy-pants silicone mats if you have one.
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In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and juice, scraping the sides as you mix. Stir in all dry ingredients (except powdered sugar) slowly until just combined. Pour the powdered sugar onto a plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on the baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough. If you follow directions, 12 cookies will easily fit on a regular sized cookie sheet. If you rebel and make your cookies larger than a heaping teaspoon, you will want to leave a little more space between each ball because they will spread.
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Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte (not melty or shiny). Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
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* I use whole wheat pastry flour in almost everything I make and maybe there’s some difference between that and white flour, but the wheat flour makes fantastic cookies and I like feeling a little self-righteous about making a slightly healthier treat.

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