makes: 2 dozen
½ cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon butter
3 cups sifted powder sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350F.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Beat sugar, vanilla, lemon peel, and 6 tablespoons of butter until well blended.
Add eggs one at a time.
Add flour and baking powder. Dough will be sticky.
Transfer the batter to a large pastry bag fitted with a large round tip.
Pipe batter into small rings onto cookie sheets about 2" apart.
Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Make the glaze by melting the 1 tablespoon of butter over low heat.
Add sugar, water, lemon juice and vanilla, stir continuously.
Brush hot cookies with warm glaze.
Let cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.