12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Elf on the Shelf Lemon Snap Sugar Cookies Recipe

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These Elf on the Shelf Lemon Snap Sugar cookies are a refreshing variation to the traditional sugar cookie!  This is honestly one of my FAVORITE 12 Days of Christmas Cookies recipes :)

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So, without further ado, I’m going to give you the Lemon Snap Sugar Cookies Recipe….and then show you how to make them into Elf on the Shelf Cookies!!lemon-snap-sugar-cookies-#elfontheshelf-final

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup softened, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt

In large mixing bowl, begin by creaming together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and lemon extract.

In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients together.

Gradually add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, blending well after each addition.

Form 2 balls of dough, wrap in plastic wrap, and flatten into discs approximately 2″ thick.  Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll dough out on well floured surface to approximately 1/4″ thick (slightly thicker for a more moist, soft cookie).  Cut into desired shapes.

Bake in preheated oven for 4-6 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating with your favorite icing!

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To make them into Elf on the Shelf Cookies: 

I used a snowman cutter and cut the hat and top off at an angle.

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Then, using icing, pipe the trim of your Elf’s hat

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Fill in the face with a flesh-colored icing (and honestly, white is fine), and then fill the hat in with red icing

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Pipe in your hair and eyes, adding a little pink to the cheeks if you want for some color.  Some shimmery sugar will make the features stand out.  Using that same flesh colored icing again, pipe some icing into little ears for your Elf.

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Elf on the Shelf Lemon Snap Sugar Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 24
 
Fun lemon twist on classic sugar cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup softened, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. In large mixing bowl, begin by creaming together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and lemon extract.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients together.
  3. Gradually add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, blending well after each addition.
  4. Form 2 balls of dough, wrap in plastic wrap, and flatten into discs approximately 2" thick. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  5. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Roll dough out on well floured surface to approximately ¼" thick (slightly thicker for a more moist, soft cookie). Cut into desired shapes.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 4-6 minutes.
  8. Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating with your favorite icing!

 

 

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About the author: Racquel is a stay at home mom with an extensive background in interior home design. She loves baking & creating beautifully decorated treats, cooking new and unique recipes for the whole family, designing and decorating on a budget with upcycled projects, and making kid and grown-up crafts.

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  • “G’Day!” Stopping by from the Linky Party. Your cookies are soooo cute, Brett! Definitely pinning and would love to make my own elves for Christmas =)

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  • These turned out just darling! You have been a baking so much these last few weeks. Love it!

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