This time of year is synonymous with cookies. I’m already looking forward to a cookie swap with friends later this month, and of course Clara and I have to make cookies for Santa. She loves to help cook anything, but I’m pretty sure cookies are her favorite thing to make.
Shortbread cookies are only something I’ve recently come to love. Growing up, I thought they were kind of boring, but I’ve since realized that, when made well, shortbread cookies are incredible. There aren’t many cookies that achieve such richness without being stuffed to the brim with chocolate or candy or whatever else you want to mix in. No, shortbread cookies don’t need any of that. They’re buttery and tender, yet also perfectly crumbly. The beauty of these is that they are simple to make and go with just about anything. You can add nuts or even turn these savory, but this lemon version is my favorite. The delicate flavor of the lemon zest adds something special to these, and the scent alone is enough reason to love them. You can make these more festive by using bright colored sanding sugar, but I prefer them with the snowy sparkle of white.
Let the Christmas baking season begin!