Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Lemon Strawberry Swirls

These cookies look more difficult then are. Sugar cookies are not my favorite but these are really good! You can use any kind of fruit jam.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 T milk
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cup flour

Beat butter and sugar. Beat in egg. Mix in other ingredients. Cover and chill dough for 2 hours.
1/3 cup jam
On floured surface, roll dough to a 12x10 rectangle.
Stir jam and spread on dough. Roll up dough starting from the long side. Pinch edges to seal. Cover and chill for 1 hour, turning dough occasionally. Slice dough into 1/2 inch slices.
Bake on cookie sheet for 12 minutes at 375 degrees.
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 T lemon juice
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Stir together sugar and lemon juice to make a thin icing. Add a tiny bit of water, if too thick to drizzle. Drizzle over cooled cookies and sprinkle with almonds. In the pictures above, my icing was too thin, but I had no more sugar! I'm sure yours will turn out better! This is best done before serving. If you plan to freeze the cookies, ice them after thawing.

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