Hibiscus Lemon Cookies

January 12, 2019
Author Notes

Delicately lemony and so sparkly, these unique little cookies are perfect for the holidays and special occasions.

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 12 minutes
  • Makes 4 dozen
  • 1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Hibiscus Powder (Dried hibiscus flowers blitzed into a powder.))
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter (1 Stick), room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice (about 1/2 of a lemon)
  • 1/4 Pure Lemon Extract or 1/8 tsp. Lemon Oil
  • Finely Grated Zest of One Lemon
  • Sparkling Sugar, for coating
In This Recipe
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, hibiscus powder, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside. In large mixing bowl, use electric mixer to beat butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg, lemon juice, lemon zest and lemon extract; beat until well combined; remove beaters. Using heavy-duty wooden spoon, add flour mixture and mix until just combined (it will seem too dry, at first, but will be soft and sticky when combined.)
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 1/2 hours. When ready to bake, line 2 cookie sheets or sheet pans with parchment paper; preheat oven to 350*F.
  4. Working one at a time, form dough into 1" ball and roll into sparkling sugar. Place on lined baking sheet; press down lightly. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing cookies one inch apart.
  5. Bake at 350F for approximately 10 minutes for softer cookie to 12-13 minutes for crisper cookie. Cool on baking sheets on wire racks for a few minutes; serve or store in airtight container.
  6. The hibiscus powder is red, but the cookies will be a nice lavender color. You could roll them in the sparkling sugar and then use a cookie stamp.

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