I have recently become quite enamored with Fiori di Sicilia, the citrus and vanilla extract used when making panettone. Equally tasty when making biscotti, the aroma is positively intoxicating. Today’s quick and easy holiday cookie makes use of this flavoring along with lemon oil, giving these cookies a clean, refreshing flavor that will wake up your winter weary taste buds.
Frosted Lemon Slices
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup (1 stick) butter
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (3/8 cup)
1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
½ teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia (substitute vanilla, if necessary)
½ teaspoon lemon oil
2 drops yellow food coloring
2 egg yolks
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 drop yellow food coloring
Beat butter, sugar, zest, Fiori di Sicilia (or vanilla), lemon oil, and food coloring in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Add flour and kosher salt and beat just to blend. Roll log into a12” long cylinder about 1-3/4” – 2” in diameter.
Wrap in plastic and chill for 1-2 hours until sliceable.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat. Slice log into ¼” rounds and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 16-18 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool. Combine glaze ingredients, and drizzle over cooled cookies.
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