Lemon Thyme Sugar Cookies

If I send out spring energy into mother nature, do you think she’ll reciprocate and make spring actually come to be?!

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So we’re a week into April, and I won’t complain too much – I know we didn’t have a terrible winter but dudes – I’m so ready for spring! I want to wear open toe shoes, cute flowy dresses, I want to be able to finally leave my huge-mongous winter jacket behind!! Also … there’s tons of ice cream to be eaten on bright balconies – priorities.

Could there BE anything more spring than lemons?! Well, tulips maybe … and I’ve been trying to flood my kitchen with them – but lemons to me, with that burst of tang – ahhhh brrring on the spring!!

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Today’s Lemon Thyme Sugar Cookies are dainty and kind, but relatable. They would fit in beautifully over tea, but put them out at a lemonade stand ( do kids still do this?!) and they’ll be gone in no time. The cookies are sweet, savory and a little tangy – most importantly, you’ll want them in your face as soon as they come out of the oven!!

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Lemon Thyme Sugar Cookies

1 cup margarine

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar + 2 tbsp (separated 1/2 cup by 2 tbsp)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp cornstarch

2 eggs

2 1/2 cups flour

2 tbsp lemon zest  (separated 1tbsp x 1 tbsp)

1 tbsp fresh thyme (finely chopped)

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Directions

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Pre-heat oven to 350 oc.

In large bowl, combine margarine, brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, vanilla and eggs.

In a separate bowl whisk together baking soda, cornstarch, flour and 1 tbsp lemon zest.

Combine wet and dry ingredients.

In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp lemon zest and 1 tbsp thyme. Massage together to release all of the lemon-thyme extracts.

Scoop out cookie dough using a 1 tbsp scoop, roll into a ball and gently roll in lemon-thyme-sugar mixture. Place on cookie sheet 1/2 inch apart.

Bake for 9 minutes, and remove from baking tray right away.

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Sweet Wishes and Cookies to Kick off 2012

WELCOME TO 2012 SWEET HEARTS!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR SWEET HEARTS!!

From Living the Sweet Life, may your year be extra sweet and filled with…..

PEACE

LOVE

&

JOY

May it be a year filled with Peace of mind, Peace within yourself and those around you and of course the occasional (or everyday) Piece of cake.

May you find Love in all that you do, Love for new adventures, and Love for each new bite of life you take.

May you find Joy in everyday miracles, Joy in laughing till your tummy hurts and Joy in owning your life.

May 2012 be the year, that you leave your foot print on each day. Own it – make it yours – get creative with it – rock it … and fall in love with each day

xoxoxoxo

And now, sweet hearts – – let’s kick this year off, the only way we know how to – with cookies.

PEACE LOVE JOY cookies

Inspired by The Double Duo Smart Cookies at Blue Eyed Bakers http://www.blueeyedbakers.com/home/2010/7/8/the-perfect-sugar-cookie.html

Peeace, Loove & Joy!!

9 Cups Flour

2 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Salt

2 Cups Butter

2 Cups Sugar

2 Eggs

1 Tbsp Coconut Extract

1 Cup Sour Cream

2 cups Home made Butter Cream Icing or Store Bought (Betty Crocker works wonders, this time of year ;))

As many different colours of sugar you can find.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Lightly grease or line a cookie tray with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift together Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda and Salt.

Using your mixer, fit with the paddle attachment – cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add the coconut extract (how amazing does it smell huh?!?! – – I KNOW :)!!). Last, add the Sour Cream. Mix until well incorporated.

Next, add approximately 1/3 of the sifted dry ingredients, mixing well after each addition, until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated.

Once completed, fold out onto a large sheet of parchment paper and allow to chill for at least 1 hour, or at best overnight.

Unwrap your chilled dough, and now cut in half – placing the other half back into the refrigerator to keep cool.

Roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes:

Peace signs for Peace.

Love. Love. Love.

Hearts for Love

J-O-Y!

and J-O-Y to add a little joy.

Place your cookies on a your sheet, and bake for 12 minuets or until golden brown.

Once all baked, allow to cool completely. Brush each cookie with the icing and then – – make them sparkle 🙂

Happy Happy Happy New Year My Loves

Stay Sweet, Be Sweet & Make this the Sweetest Year of All.

xoxox