Nailmas Day 14 | Mani Cookie Swap Lemon Gem Cookies

Friday, December 14, 2018

Welcome back! I know there haven't been blog posts for a few days, but #Nailmas has been going strong over on my YouTube channel. The last few posts were more geared towards video which is why they don't have corresponding blog posts.

Today's post is the second annual Mani Cookie Swap hosted by 25 Sweetpeas! If you've been with me for a year you might remember last year's post. We're back again with a full Christmas Cookie Mani Swap! If you click on the link you'll find recipes and matching manis for everyone who participated this year. For my cookie I chose to do Lemon Gems because they aren't quite the typical Christmas cookie but they're still a bit festive. This also gave me an easy launch point for some nail art.

winter lemon nail art

Slice 'n' Bake Lemon Gems

This recipe was adapted from a recipe originally printed in Taste of Home. I personally opted to not frost these cookies to keep them from being overly sweet. The texture is quite similar to butter cookies, making these quite nice to enjoy with coffee or tea.

  • 3/4 C butter, softened
  • 1/2 C confectioners sugar
  • 1 T grated lemon peel
  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C cornstarch
  • 1/4 C colored nonpareils
Lemon Icing
  • 1 C confectioners sugar
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 t grated lemon peel
  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add lemon peel and mix thoroughly to incorporate. In a separate bowl combine flour and cornstarch. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour or until the mixture is easy to handle.
  2. Shape the dough into a 1 3/4" roll, then roll in nonpareils. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until firm. You can also refrigerate overnight if desired.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Unwrap and cut into 1/4" thick slices placing cookies 1" apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute (no more or less) before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Eat as is or combine all of the icing ingredients in a bowl and spread over cooled cookies.

freehand lemon nail art

freehand lemon nail art

Products used

  • Deborah Lippmann - Walking On Sunshine
  • Morgan Taylor - All White Now, Little Black Dress
  • Sinful Colors - Happy Ending, Unicorn
  • Zoya - Alyssa, Merida

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