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Mom's Shortbread Cookies

Mom's Shortbread Cookies
This is my mom's tried and true shortbread recipe. She got it from my grandmother. These are great any time of year, but especially nice for Christmas gifts. You can sprinkle them with green or red sugar before baking. The flavor of these cookies improves with age, so make them a few days before you plan to give them away.

2 cups    flour  
1 cup    butter, softened  
1/2 tsp    baking powder  
1/2 cup    sugar  
1    egg  
1    fresh lemon rind, of grated

Sift flour and baking powder together in a small bowl. 
Cream butter, add sugar slowly, mixing well. 
Mix in egg and lemon rind. 
Add flour/baking powder mixture, mix in well. 
Shape into balls about the size of a golf ball, place on pan, flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass. 
Bake at 300° for 15 to 20 minutes, just until a bit golden on the edges. 
These last well if kept in a tightly covered container, and actually taste even better after a day or two as the flavors develop.

Yield: 48-60 cookies
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Ready in: 30 minutes

Read more: "Elle's New England Kitchen: Guacamole Ice Cream…sort of!" - http://ellesnewenglandkitchen.blogspot.com/2009/04/guacamole-ice-creamsort-of.html#ixzz0DFdhMrPB&A

Read more: "Elle's New England Kitchen: Guacamole Ice Cream…sort of!" - http://ellesnewenglandkitchen.blogspot.com/2009/04/guacamole-ice-creamsort-of.html#ixzz0DFdPuENy&A