Lemon Snowballs
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Lemon Snowballs, also known as Lemon Meltaway cookies, are buttery, lemony, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Roll these cookies twice in confectioner’s sugar; the first rolling allows the sugar to melt into the cookie while they are still hot from the oven, the second rolling gives the finished snowy-white topping.
Recipe type: Dessert | Shaped Cookies
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • About 1 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Baking sheets may be ungreased, lined with parchment paper, or lined with a non-stick baking mat.
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, and salt; sift or whisk together to mix. Set aside.
  2. Place the confectioner's sugar and lemon zest in a small food grinder, blender, or bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until the lemon zest is chopped into very small pieces. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, add butter and beat on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add confectioner’s sugar and lemon zest mixture and beat until combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Add lemon juice, continue beating until mixture is thoroughly combined and mixture is creamy, about another 1 to 2 minutes. Use a rubber spatula to scrap down the side of the bowl as needed. Add flour mixture; beat starting on low speed, and then increase to medium speed as the mixture is combined. Tip: after adding the flour mixture the dough may seem dry and crumbly, keep beating until the dough comes together, this may take 1 to 3 minutes.
  4. Shape dough into balls, about 1” in diameter. Tip: An ice cream scoop is ideal for making uniform-sized cookies.
  5. Bake: Place balls about 1 inch apart onto baking sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set but not brown.
  6. Remove baking sheets from oven.
  1. While cookies are still hot from the oven, roll each ball in powered sugar until completely coated.
  2. Place cookies on wire cooling racks to let cool.
  3. When completely cooled, either roll the cookies in confectioner's sugar again until completely coated, or use a fine mesh sieve and sprinkle the tops of the cookies with the confectioner's sugar. This second rolling finishes the cookies with a snowy-white topping.
Recipe Notes
Pan: Two Large Baking Sheets Pan Prep: Ungreased or Parchment Lined Oven Temp: 400° Yield: 5 Dozen Storage: Airtight Container, Room Temperature

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