Citrus Zingers Sugar Cookies

I’d like to think these citrus zingers sugar cookies are the grown up versions of those little candy conversation hearts from elementary school days.

Citrus Zingers Sugar Cookies

The cookie with a heart outline means I think you’re great!  The zig zag striped one means you drive me crazy, but I think I like you. And the frosted cookie with the confetti sprinkles means you have stinky feet, but I love you anyway.

Sometimes I wonder what my life would be like if I had never met Alex. When my friends recount their dating adventures and regale me with all their bubbly feelings, I can’t help but think about the rush of meeting someone new and the thrill of having a crush.

But I also immediately remember the awkward first/second/third dates, uncomfortable side hugs and sweaty handshakes, and ultimately the horrific this isn’t working out conversation. I can’t handle the ensuing drama and heartache. I’m much better off listening to my friends’ escapades and living vicariously through them.

It may seem mundane, but I look forward to my weekend routine (dog park, errands, movies) with Alex and the pups. I don’t think I could ever give that up.

Citrus Zingers Sugar Cookies

These little heart shape cookie cutter gets a lot work. It’s my favorite for Valentine’s Day because it’s so small and cute. They make the ideal bite-sized treat. (I also used it to make the pups’ sweet potato dog treats.)

I’m sharing these citrus zingers sugar cookies over at BHG’s Delish Dish blog. These are not your average sugar cookies. They’re made with a touch of almond flour and a whole lot of citrus.

To showcase the bounty of winter citrus, I used a combination of lemon, lime, and orange. It’s a bright pop of flavor sure to cure any winter blues.

These sugar cookies are great to make with children or any cookie making newbies. The dough does not require any chill time. Since the dough does not spread in the oven, no need to worry about spacing them on the baking sheet.

The dough is so forgiving that you can roll the scraps together over and over and over again without messing with the integrity or quality of the dough.

So… which of these cookies would you give to your Valentine?! Obviously, Alex gets the frosted cookie with the confetti sprinkles ;)

For additional photos as well as the full recipe, visit BHG’s Delish Dish blog.

Citrus Zingers Sugar Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen 1-1/2 inch heart cookies

Author Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon each: finely shredded orange, lemon, and lime zest
  • 4 teaspoon each: freshly squeezed orange, lemon, and lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour (ground almonds)

Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon each: freshly squeezed orange, lemon, and lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • red food coloring, as desired

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment (or using an electric hand mixer), beat butter for smooth. Add sugar, orange zest, lemon zest, and lime zest. Beat until well smooth and well incorporated. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed.

  2. Add in orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, and vanilla. Mix until incorporated.

  3. Add in half of flour mixture. Mix on low speed until almost combined. Add in remaining flour and almond flour. Mix on low speed until there are no longer any dry streaks of flour.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.

  5. Divide dough in half. Work with one half at a time. Roll dough to a thickness of 1/4-inch on a lightly floured work surface. Use1 1/2-inch heart cookie cutter (or desired cookie cutter shape and size), to punch shapes. Repeat with other dough half.

  6. Place cutouts on prepared baking sheet, spacing them 1 inch apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned. Let cool in pan for 3 minutes minutes. Then, transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Cookies can be frosted once cooled to room temperature.

Frosting:

  1. Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, citrus juices, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Use an electric hand mixer to beat until smooth. If desired, tint frosting with red food coloring. Spread frosting over cookies as desired.

Recipe Notes

The dough is so forgiving that you can roll the scraps together over and over and over again without messing with the integrity or quality of the dough.

Citrus Zingers Sugar Cookies

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I can’t imagine dating again, scary thought! Love these cookies – great flavors and perfect to give my Valentine!

Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C

I love the addition of the almond flour here. These are so cute and must be delicious with the citrus accents!

Amanda | The Chunky Chef

These are so beautiful!!!

Heather | Heather Likes Food

Love the zesty idea!

Andi @ The Weary Chef

These are so cute! Love the citrus flavor! Can’t wait to try! :D

Cathy Trochelman

These cookies are fabulous! I love the citrus in them!

Kristyn

These look delicious! Can’t wait to try these out!

Susan

Wow. It isn’t often that I pin roll-out,cut-out cookie recipes, but the recipe looks scrumptious, and t h e dough looks like it behaves well. I plan on replacing t h e fruit juices with the respective Boylston oils, as I am kind of over the top about citrus flavors. Can’t wait to make these!

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