I love the lemon frosting in this recipe.
It tastes great. It's smooth. It spreads easily. It dries nicely.
These are easy to make but a bit labor intensive. Here's how to make it easier:
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
Grated peel of half a lemon
1 teaspoon frozen lemonade from concentrate (thawed)
Pretzel sticks (half a bag)
6-8 drops of yellow food coloring
Gummy fruit for sunglasses
Gummy rope or licorice strings for the happy smile. Cut to an 1" long
3 3/4 cup sifted powder sugar
3 tablespoons lemon meringue powder (sold in a box)
6 tablespoons frozen lemonade from concentrate (thawed)
Beat butter and sugar in an electric mixer. Add egg and beat again.
In a separate bowl, add flour, salt & lemon peel. Stir. Then mix into the butter mixture.
Stir in lemonade then refrigerate for 2 hours.
Roll dough on floured surface at 1/8 inch thickness. Using a 3" round cookie cutter place cookies on a greased baking sheet. Arrange pretzel stick around cookies to resemble rays, pressing lightly. I used 7-10 sticks per cookie. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly brown on 350 degrees.
Cool on a wire rack.
Beat all ingredients in an electric mixer on high speed. Adding additional lemonade concentrate as needed. Spoon or spread icing onto cookies.
Decorate with fruit slices (the type I used were too thick so I cut them in half). Add gummy rope for the happy smile.
Recipe Source: 101 Cookie Recipes. Publications International, LTD.