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Italian Lemon Cookies

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Quick Facts

Servings: 72
Prep Time: 40 min.
Cook Time: 15 min.
Total: 55 min.
Shape this pliable dough into twists, knots, bows, wreaths. or letters.


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tsp freshly grated lemon peel


  • Mix flour and baking soda in large bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Beat egg yolks and sugar in mixer bowl with whisk attachment at high speed until light and fluffy, 5 minutes. Beat in sour cream, lemon juice, and lemon peel. Add yolk mixture, 1/3 at a time, to flour mixture, stirring just until combined after each addition. Refrigerate, covered, until firm, 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Work with 1/4 of the dough at a time, keeping remaining dough refrigerated. Roll pieces of dough on lightly floured surface into 6 x 1/2-inch ropes. Shape as desired; place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake in 350°F oven until lightly browned, 12–14 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 49
  Calories from Fat 17 (35%)
(3%)Total Fat 2g
(5%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(5%)Cholesterol 16mg
(4%)Sodium 87mg
(0%)Potassium 10mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
(0%)Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 3g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(2%)Protein 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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