Aren’t these cookies pretty? I was leafing through one of my thousand holiday cookie magazines and saw these little beauties and knew that they would be next. These are not an overly sweet cookie. They are delicate and crumbly and full of lemon flavor. The icing really puts these cookies over the edge. They give the perfect sweet-tartness to the cookie. I also really love anything with a sprinkle on it. These white non-pareils really make this cookie look elegant and sophisticated.
According to Martha, these Lemon Wreath cookies are called Ciambelles. They are Italian cookies and the name refers to the wreath shape. Fancy, huh?
3 cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice plus 1/2 cup lemon juice (from about 4 lemons)
2 sticks room temperature butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups confectioners sugar
Grate the zest and squeeze the lemon juice into a cup. You will only use a teaspoon for the cookie dough and the rest will be used for the glaze.
In a food processor, pulse together the sugar and lemon zest. If you do not have a food processor, just rub the zest and the sugar together in your fingers to release the oils.
Cream together the butter and lemon sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and one teaspoon lemon juice.
Add the flour, salt, and baking powder.
And there you have a beautiful cookie dough.
I used an ice cream scooper to scoop out about a Tablespoon of dough. Take that piece of dough and roll into a 4-inch log. Bring the ends together and pinch together to form a wreath.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 18 minutes. Let the cookies cool completely.
Mix together the confectioners sugar and the remaining lemon juice. Whisk until smooth.
Dip the cookie into the icing.
Let the icing drip on a cooling rack. Sprinkle with the non-pareils.
Of course, I had to package my Lemon Wreaths. I used a plain white box and some gingham ribbon to secure the box. Then I found these pretty paper poinsettias and used a few glue dots to adhere them. 3 minutes? I think that so far, this packaging is my favorite. I love the sparkly paper flowers. It is simple and special at the same time.