1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest from one lemon
contents of 2 bags lemon ginger tea
about 2 cups all purpose flour
Cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and lemon zest, mix again. Cut open tea bags and add contents to your mixture. Stir in flour and tea until well combined. (Be careful to not over mix or cookies won't crumble nicely.) Humidity plays a role in how much flour is needed. You want the dough sticking to itself, but not the bowl. Let rest for at least ten minutes. On floured surface, working in batches, roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness and play with your favorite cookie cutters. Use whatever shapes make you smile! This little daisy is one of my favorites, but I also love a classic circle.
If you're not in the mood for cookie cutters, the dough can be rolled into a log and cut in 1/2 inch slices.
Bake in preheated oven of 325 for about 20 minutes. "Low and slow" baking will give you crisp, melt in your mouth cookies! I prefer to use either a silicone mat or parchment paper on my baking sheet. This keeps the cookies from sticking without adding additional oil. When you pull the cookies from your oven, leave them on the cookie sheet for 10 more minutes. This gently browns the bottoms.
If your family is not a fan of frosting. Stop right here and enjoy your efforts!
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
optional food coloring
Choose a bowl large enough for your hand to fit inside as we are dipping the tops of the cookies. Mix first two ingredients until all lumps of powdered sugar are gone. The icing needs to be pretty runny, and again, humidity plays a role in exact measurements. If you would like to add color, do so now and stir again. I chose two drops of yellow food coloring. Once cookies are cool, dip just the tops into the icing. Your fingertips will be messy. ;-) Let excess drip back into your bowl as you sort of twirl the cookie above it. Twirling helps the icing to settle evenly across the top. Set cookie, bottom side down on a plate. Add sprinkles or colored sugar if they make you happy. This icing will harden, which makes the cookies easy to transport. Around here, they disappear quickly!
I hope you will give this recipe a try. Your family will love these cookies and won't even know you've helped them be a little healthier!
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