Using confectioners' sugar in the dough in place of granulated sugar gives these cookies a light deliciously crumb. Slideshow: Delicious Cookie Recipes

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Makes 36


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  • Make the CookiesPreheat the oven to 350° and position racks in the upper and lower thirds. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter with the confectioners' sugar until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat in the lemon zest and juice, then beat in the flour and salt until just incorporated; scrape down the side of the bowl as necessary.

  • Make the CookiesRoll half of the dough into 1-inch balls. Arrange the balls 1 inch apart on 2 baking sheets and, using your fingers, gently flatten each cookie. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned on the bottom and just firm; shift the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely. Let the baking sheets cool slightly, then repeat with the remaining dough.

  • Meanwhile, Make the GlazeIn a bowl, whisk the confectioners' sugar with the lemon juice and butter until smooth.

  • Meanwhile, Make the GlazeSpread the lemon glaze on the cooled cookies and garnish with finely grated lemon zest. Let stand until the glaze is set, about 15 minutes.