Lemon-Scented Sugar Cookies

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A super-cool friend of mine is starting a pop-up community gathering space this summer! She had a Polka Party fundraiser (yes, it was as awesome as it sounds) and so I volunteered to bake something for her to serve at the event.

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I needed something quick and easy, perfect for baking after a full Saturday morning at work.

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This recipe from Cook’s Illustrated is one of my absolute favorites. It is so fast and simple and yields a beautiful cookie, soft and chewy. (See above: Cook’s Illustrated never lies. Further proof: coconut cake.)

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I added two twists: one was lemon zest, fluffed into the granulated sugar to infuse the flavor throughout the whole dough.

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The other was gold sanding sugar.

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What? The cookies needed to be dressed up with a bit of glitz–they were going to a party, after all.

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Lemon Curd

Summer is coming! Here is some lemon curd!

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But first, let’s be real. It sounds gross. Curd? Like curds and whey? What is curds and whey, anyway? When I was a kid I always assumed that was the most disgusting combination of foods ever. Like oats and grass–something that goats eat. On a farm. Where there are tuffets (whatever those are).

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Well, turns out the concept of curd is indeed kind of gross. It basically means letting some sort of dairy product curdle. Yuck indeed.

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And yet, lemon curd. Oh, lemon curd. You are delicious. In the recipe I used, a reviewer called the stuff “sunshine on a spoon.”

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This is very true. Eat it plain on a spoon on a grey Wisconsin day and you will feel instantly better about the weather.

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Slather it on pound cake (preferably one that didn’t fall). Dab it onto a croissant or scone and have some French-pressed coffee. Put it on berries. Bake a tart or something. Look at all the projects I’ve given you. You’ll be busy for weeks.

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So let’s review. Curd sounds gross, but lemon curd is delicious, so don’t overthink it. Just make it. Continue reading