Lemon Burst Cookies

11/01/2014 at 06:00 AM ET

Lemon Burst Cookies from Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet
Dana Gallagher; Styling Frances Boswell

Lemon Burst Cookies

From Crunchy, Creamy Sweet
Makes 30 cookies

1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. lemon zest
8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
2 drops lemon extract
½ cup powdered sugar (for rolling)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour and baking powder).
3. Add zest and whisk it in.
4. In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
5. Add eggs, one at a time and mix well. Add vanilla or lemon extract. Mix again.
6. With mixer on low speed, mix in dry only until just combined.
7. Roll the dough into balls and roll in powdered sugar.
8. Place on baking sheet, leaving 2 inches of space between them.
9. Bake for 12 – 14 minutes, or until puffed and bottoms just golden brown.
10. Cool on sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer onto a cooling rack.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

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Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

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