Polka-Dot Lemon Sugar Cookies Polka-Dot Lemon Sugar Cookies

Polka-Dot Lemon Sugar Cookies Image Image by: Polka-Dot Lemon Sugar Cookies Image Author: Canadian Living

Spring-themed sugar cookies (such as bunny, carrot, duck, egg and butterfly shapes) welcome the season. Paste food colouring works best for creating pastel hues. Go for multicoloured polka-dots or choose just one colour and white. You'll need many piping bags, but if you have only one, use plastic sandwich bags, cutting away a corner tip of each to pipe through.

  • Portion size 32 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine


Royal Icing:


In large bowl and using fingertips, rub sugar with lemon zest until combined. Beat in butter until fluffy. Beat in egg and lemon juice. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture. Divide in half; wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

On lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough to 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using about 3-inch (8 cm) spring-themed cookie cutters; cut out cookies, rerolling and cutting scraps.

Arrange, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined baking sheet; bake in 375ºF (190ºC) oven until edges are light golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool on rack. Repeat with remaining dough.

Royal Icing: In large bowl, beat egg whites until foamy, 30 to 60 seconds. Beat in sugar, 1 cup at a time, until thickened and glossy, 6 to 8 minutes. Divide among 6 bowls. Cover each with damp paper towel to prevent drying out.

Using food colouring, tint 5 of the bowls to desired pastel shades, leaving 1 white. Place half of each of the icings in separate small piping bags fitted with small plain tips. Adding a drop of water at a time, thin remaining icings in bowls until consistency of maple syrup.

For each cookie, pipe outline of thick icing around edge; let dry, about 5 minutes. Spoon or brush thinned icing of same colour onto cookie to cover; let stand until icing is firm but not completely set, about 1 minute.

Using thick icing, pipe polka-dots onto cookies. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 5 days.)

Nutritional facts Per cookie: about

  • Sodium 40 mg
  • Sugars 14 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 129.0
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Potassium 17 mg
  • Cholesterol 16 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 21 g


  • Iron 4.0
  • Folate 9.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
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Polka-Dot Lemon Sugar Cookies