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Dessert Recipes

Lemon-Kissed Sugar Cookies

Low-fuss and big on flavor, these starry wonders get extra pizzazz from a sprinkle of lemon zest.

Serving Size:


Active Time:

20 min.

Total Time:

2½ hrs.


  • ⅔ cup vegetable shortening
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tsp. milk
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder


  1. With mixer on medium speed, beat shortening, sugar, ½ tsp. lemon zest and vanilla 2 min. Add egg; beat 1 min. Mix in milk. On low speed, beat in flour and powder. Chill 1 hr.
  2. Heat oven to 375°F. On generously floured surface, roll out dough to 1⁄4″ thickness. Using 2″ star cutter, punch out cookies. Chill 30 min. Bake 6–7 min. Cool on wire rack.

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