2006 - 12 Days of Cookies - Day 13 - Courtesy of Food Network
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 38 cookies
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons finely grated lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
2 (9 1/4 by 10-inch) sheets puff pastry (about 9 ounces each), thawed
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup yellow sanding or white granulated sugar, or a combination (See Cook's Note.)
Preheat the oven to 375║F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone sheet.
Pulse the granulated sugar and lemon zest in a food processor until fine and fragrant.
Lay 1 of the puff pastry sheets on a lightly floured work surface.
Brush the sheet with about half of the butter and sprinkle with half of the lemon-sugar.
Lightly press sugar into the pastry with a rolling pin.
Place the other pastry sheet on top, brush with the remaining butter and sprinkle with remaining sugar.
Carefully roll the pastry out into a 12-inch square, about 1 1/8-inch thick.
Trim uneven edges with a pizza cutter or a knife to make a perfect square.
Starting on the closest edge, roll the pastry up into a cylinder but stop at the mid point of the dough.
Roll the pastry up on the opposite side so it looks like an old-fashioned scroll.
Adjust the rolls so they are even and meet in the center.
Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze until firm, 20 minutes.
Slice the roll, crosswise, with a serrated knife into 1/4-inch thick pieces and lay on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake until the cookies soften, about 10 minutes.
Working quickly and efficiently, remove the cookies from the oven--if they have lost their shape, gently roll them back together.
Let cool on the pan for a minute to set.
Turn them with a spatula (take care to keep the shape) sprinkle with the yellow sugar and return to the oven.
Continue to bake until golden brown, about 15 more minutes.
Transfer cookies to a rack, sugary sides up, to cool.
Store cookies in a tightly sealed container for up to 3 days.
Cook's Note: Sanding sugar has a slightly larger crystal and is used to decorate cookies. It can be found both in many supermarkets or specialty stores.