Lemon Slice Spool Cookies

I really like these cookies, but they are a bit tricky to make because the dough is always so sticky.

  • 2 3/4 cups flour (may need extra if sticky)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 6-7 drops yellow food color
  • Empty thread spool

Mix flour, salt, and baking powder. Beat 1 cup of the sugar and the margarine in a large bowl with electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs, lemon rind, lemon juice, lemon extract, and 3-4 drops yellow food color. On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture. Chill 1 hour.

Heat oven to 400 degrees, and grease cookie sheets. Stir together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 3 drops yellow food color until uniform. Form dough into small balls the size of a small walnut. Roll in colored sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Press flat (only a little larger than spool) with the bottom of a glass. Press spool about halfway into each cookie center. Bake 8 minutes or until a light golden color, and cool on wire racks.

Makes about 48 cookies.

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