Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lemon Sugar Cookies

First rule of Baking:

       Rule #1: Make sure you have all the ingredients you need. Most importantly: sugar.
       Rule #2: Make sure you have really nice neighbors, in case you run out of ingredients. 

Some friends and I made Lemon Sugar Cookies and Lemon Matcha Pound Cake (coming soon!) but we definitely failed at Rule #1. 



We ran out of sugar -scandalous, I know- but luckily, we had fabulous neighbors and friends who saved us...twice.
  
Who runs out of sugar -two times? 

Apparently we do!

Without sugar, things could get pretty ugly.  Although the New York Times just published an article: Is Sugar Toxic?

Conclusion? Not sure. But like with anything else, it's best to have sugar in moderation.  

This can get pretty tricky when you bake a lot... 


Mmm cookies!

I like cookies better than anything else (but these Green Tea Cupcakes infinitely redeemed the cupcake genre). What was so great about these Lemon Sugar Cookies was that they reminded me of Wegmans sugar cookies.

Lemon is their secret ingredient! If you've never had any Wegmans cookies, run to upstate New York and go find one.  From chocolate chip to cranberry oatmeal, cookies from Wegmans are fantastic. 

But back to reality,

Lemon! Cookies! The perfect combo!

Lemon means springtime -so does warm weather, flowers, and the smell of mulch- but that's you get when grow up in the middle of nowhere.

Definitely give these super easy Lemon Sugar Cookies a try. They are super easy and taste fantastic. This recipe makes a lot of cookies (4 dozen) so if you don't want to be drowning in baked goods, definitely cut the recipe in half.

Next time, I would make the cookies smaller, add some more lemon ...and definitely get enough sugar. 


Recipe (adapted from Baking Bites ) Makes 4 dozen

2 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cup sugar
zest and juice of 1 lemon (could probably add more next time!)
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
Line with parchment paper.
Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and lemon zest together.
Beat eggs in one at a time, and add vanilla extract.
Add in flour.

Roll 1 tsp. sized balls in sugar.
Bake 9-11 minutes.


P.S. Have you ever heard of "yarn bombing?"



It's so cool! It's guerrilla knitting and it's all over Boston (and lots of cities around the world).
Check out their website -makes me wish I had some knitting talent.  

14 comments:

  1. Lemon and cookies! delicious combination.. wish i had some now... the knits are so cute!

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  2. I once took a vegan baking class and the instructor forgot to pack the sugar. You know what tastes really bad? Vegan baked goods missing sweetener. You've got some outstanding neighbors.

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  3. Yum! I love lemon cookies :) I always feel like I run out of ingredients. The one day I went to make something and realized I had no eggs...how did that happen?

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  4. Your cookies look very light and delicate. Thank you for sharing and have a great week!

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  5. Yep, GOTTA make thes tonight! (maybe) I've got lemons and I don't know what to do with them!

    Myself and 2 other great bloggers are hosting THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS and the theme this week is "EASTER COOKIES & TREATS" and I think this is a great recipe for that! We would love for you to stop on by and link up your recipe if you wish! Hope to see you there!!! :-)

    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/04/this-weeks-cravings-linky-party-25.html

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  6. woa that knit thing is so coool!

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  7. These lemon sugar cookies look so delicious! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Leslie, The Cozy Little Kitchen

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  8. Just stopping by from Melt in your Mouth Monday and I noticed you used baking powder in your recipe and I wanted to invite you to my Iron Chef Challenge as the themed ingredient this month is baking powder. Link up a recipe and you'll have a chance to win a prize. Hope you can join in the fun!!!

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  9. These look so light & crisp.
    And anything Lemon makes me smile :)

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  10. These lemon sugar cookies look so delicious! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Leslie, The Cozy Little Kitchen

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  11. Yum! I love lemon cookies :) I always feel like I run out of ingredients. The one day I went to make something and realized I had no eggs...how did that happen?

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  12. Lemon and cookies! delicious combination.. wish i had some now... the knits are so cute!

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  13. I've made these cookies too and really enjoyed them. Lemon treats are the best.

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  14. Looks really yummy! I love sugar cookies, and with lemon, even better.

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