• 9 oz of butter
  • 8 oz of sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • Lemon zest
  • 18 oz of flour
  • 1 egg for brushing
  • Pearl sugar to decorate

Finally we are on the threshold of Christmas and sure are busy finalizing purchases and preparations. I’ve been these past weeks endlessly baking sweets for my family and for gifts, but I still have pending prepare some special cookies in the coming days. When I visit my parents during the holidays, I know they can not miss these Mailänderli in my suitcase, Swiss butter and lemon cookies.

These delicious are among the most popular in Switzerland on Christmas, but today they are throughout the year. They may seem very simple, but its simplicity is precisely where its greatest charm. They differ from other butter cookies that contain no yeast, and above all, delicious citrus twist of lemon. I recommend you use a high quality butter and a good strong lemon scent for best results.

See how to cook butter and lemon cookies for Christmas:
1. Beat in bowl the butter with sugar, by hand or with a whisk until you get a slightly fluffy cream. Add salt and three eggs, and beat some more. Grate the lemon peel, careful not to take too white part. Add the flour gradually, working the dough until smooth and soft. Divided into two, wrap in plastic and chill in refrigerator at least two hours.

2. Preheat oven to 355°F and prepare some greasing pans or covering them with parchment paper. Lightly flour a clean work surface and stretch a portion of the dough with a rolling pin. Stretch until you have a thickness of about 05⁄16in. Cut out cookies, preferably with holiday forms and distribute them on trays.

3. Beat the extra egg and paint with a brush. Garnish with pearl sugar or left. Bake at half height for about 8-10 minutes, until they have browned. Wait a few minutes, remove from the oven and cool completely on a rack before storing. Repeat the process with the other the dough.

Alright, we finish to make Butter and lemon cookies for Christmas, now its time to eat and delight. Click here if you want see more christmas cookie recipes.

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