Low point Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) light vegan butter, softened (points reduced)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar substitute (points reduced)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, setting the stage for baking perfection.
  2. Cream the Butter: In a large bowl, cream together the softened light vegan butter and powdered sugar substitute until they form a lusciously light and fluffy mixture, infusing it with a delicate sweetness.
  3. Add Lemon Zest and Juice: Incorporate the vibrant zest of two lemons and the invigorating freshness of lemon juice into the butter mixture, blending them in to create a symphony of citrus flavors.
  4. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and salt, ensuring even distribution of ingredients for a harmonious dough.
  5. Gradually Incorporate Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, gently folding them in until they come together to form a soft, pliable dough, imbued with the essence of lemon.
  6. Chill and Shape: Roll the dough into a log shape, approximately 2 inches in diameter, or shape it into a square or rectangle according to your preference. Wrap the dough in parchment paper and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes to allow it to firm up, enhancing its texture and ease of slicing.
  7. Slice and Bake: Once chilled, slice the dough into 1/4-inch thick rounds and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet, leaving ample space between each cookie to allow for even baking.
  8. Bake to Golden Perfection: Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are delicately golden, infusing your kitchen with the irresistible aroma of freshly baked treats.
  9. Cool and Enjoy: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely, ensuring they reach their optimal texture and flavor. For an added touch of sweetness without additional points, dust the cooled cookies with powdered sugar substitute.

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