March 22, 2011

Lemon Sugar Cookies

I may have a slight baking cookie addiction. I wait impatiently for the weekend- not just because it's the weekend, but because I get the chance to bake! I don't have the time or the energy during the week to bake so when the weekend comes I search through my dessert bookmarks and magazines for something new to make.

This weekend I made three things: a pound cake, crackers, and lemon sugar cookies. The pound cake was just okay- it needs some jazzing up, so I might work on that before I share it with you. The crackers were also just okay...but then, the next day, they were incredibly hard and chewy. :( Anyone have a good crackers recipe to share?

Alas, these cookies are worth sharing. Not all my baking endeavors were lost!


Oh lemons, how I love thee.

At first, I was a bit confused. I ate a few right after they cooled out of the oven and wondered where the lemon flavor was. It wasn't enough for me. I contemplated making some sort of lemon glaze, which I think I will do next time, however, the next day these cookies were awesome. The lemon flavor had intensified and I was pleased.


I'm still adding more lemon juice next time though. You know, because I have to.

Source: Goddess of Baking

Be forewarned, this batter makes A LOT of cookies!

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Zest of 1-2 lemons, I'd say 2
4 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Extra sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and whisk together. Set aside. In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Mix until fully incorporated. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Roll tablespoon size balls of dough in the extra sugar.  Place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes or until very lightly browned.

I can't think of a question to go with today's post... So, how's your week going?

15 comments:

  1. Mmmm! These sound like a perfect spring cookie!

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  2. I read your posts wishing these foods and desserts would magically appear before me. Alas...it doesn't happen. I am anticipating the end of this 'study period' so I can try a bunch of these recipes!!!

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  3. Yum yum! I LOVE lemon cookies. They're my can't-live-without-it thing. And these look divine!

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  4. Totally bookmarked these. I don't know why I've never thought to add lemon to sugar cookies before!

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  5. I totally agree with u when it comes to weekend baking! While i have the time to bake simple stuffs in the weekdays, i totally look forward to weeknds to bake something more complex like yeasted bread, and pies. Your cookies look amazing! i can see how chewy and lemony they are! i am glad the flavour intensifies for you, cause the bright flavours will definitely bring sunshine to your days!

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  6. Thank you so much for linking up to
    "Made it on Monday"
    Anything with Lemon...I will try! :)

    I just added my name to the group #33

    Hope you stop by Larks Country Heart often!

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  7. These sound so refreshing!
    And my Lemon Tree is heaving!!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Would love you to share in my Food Fight too:
    http://choochmagooz.blogspot.com/2011/03/food-fight-friday-who-cut-cheese.html

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  8. Oh lemons, how I love thee too!! I must try these cookies! :)

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  9. Your cookies look amazing and i am glad you liked the recipe! The next time i make them, i will zest 2 lemons too!!

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  10. Yummy! I love that these are not rolled out and cut out and still look great! The hubby is a huge lemon dessert fan--I'm bookmarking to come back and bake these for him. Thanks!!!

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  11. The cookies look great perfect for a spring day

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  12. Mmmmm looks so great! It's gonna be so hard to choose! Please remember, though, to post that you linked this recipe on my blog, either using my button or via a link! Thanks!

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  13. Congrats! You were in the top 6!!! Glad you could come and join this week. Hope to see you this next week with our new theme: CHOCOLATE!
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/05/themed-bakers-sunday-3.html
    Alyssa

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