Greek Lemon Butter Cookies

Greek Lemon Butter Cookies
Greek Lemon Butter Cookies (left), Lemon Sorbet (right)

Dessert dazzles with a balanced pairing of refreshingly tart Lemon Sorbet and crisp, subtly sweet Greek Lemon Butter Cookies.

Greek Lemon Butter Cookies
Makes approximately 36
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and oil with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add sugar and lemon zest, and beat at medium-high speed until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until mixture is smooth. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350˚. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Roll dough into approximately 36 (5x.25-inch) ropes. Fold each rope in half lengthwise, and twist ends together. Place 1 inch apart on prepared pans.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 1 tablespoon water. Brush mixture over cookies, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. Bake until edges of cookies are golden brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.

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