Luscious Lemon Snowballs

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Bursting with lemon flavor, these two-bite cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, light and soft on the inside. Cream cheese and plenty of lemon zest make these cookies perfectly refreshing!

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 large lemon, zested

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup cream cheese, softened

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Combine sugar and lemon zest in a food processor and pulse several times to bruise lemon zest. Transfer 1/2 cup sugar mixture to a bowl.

  2. Beat butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl until creamy and well-combined; mix in remaining lemon-sugar mixture, egg, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Use an electric mixer to beat baking powder and salt into moist ingredients; gradually beat flour into mixture to make a dough. Freeze dough for 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in reserved 1/2 cup lemon sugar. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Press cookies down slightly to flatten and sprinkle each cookie with about 1/8 teaspoon of the remaining lemon sugar.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are firm on bottoms, 10 to 12 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Mixing the lemon zest and sugar in the food processor is optional but highly recommended. It releases more of the lemon flavor than simply mixing the two together.

If desired, refrigerate dough 2 to 3 hours instead of freezing. Depending on the stickiness and softness of dough, chill time may vary or may not be necessary at all. Dough may be chilled overnight or frozen for future use.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

106 Calories
3g Fat
19g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 106
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 16mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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