Double Lemon Delights

I know, I know. I said I wanted to get more adventurous with my cookies and try recipes that normally I’d shy away from. I know!

But I couldn’t help myself. I kept coming back to this recipe and, finally, I just had to try them.

I love lemon.

And these cookies were amazing on their own. Soft, sweet, just slightly tart. These are the kind of cookie that you could easily eat a dozen of and not realize it.

Trust me. I know.

But isn’t everything better drizzled with icing? And this was lemon icing. (Sigh.) I may have added a bit too much lemon juice, but, again, I love lemon.

I have a serious problem with lemon-flavored pastries. I’m addicted. I love lemon in my scones, my cookies, my cakes, etc. (But lemon-flavored Skittles and Starbursts I could go without.)

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The Recipe.

Sift together:
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Set aside.

Cream together:
1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar

1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon peel
1 teaspoon vanilla

Then beat in flour mixture on low speed until blended.

The book says to drop by 1/4 cupfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes until edges are golden brown. However, I did about half that size and baked for, well, half that time. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then move to wire racks and cool completely.

For the icing, mix together:
1 cup powdered sugar
4-5 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon peel

Drizzle over cookies and allow icing to set.

Then eat a dozen. It’s okay! They have fruit in them. Which makes them healthy, right?

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10 Responses to Double Lemon Delights

  1. so NOT cool says:

    I think that lemon is my favorite flavor for sweets. Yum.

  2. Gayle says:

    Thank you for the recipe! My family, especially my daughter and husband, are big fans of lemon cookies. I've never made them myself. I think you're totally correct. They have to be healthy!

  3. Kisa says:

    Oooh, thanks for the recipe. And yes, lemon = healthy cookie. Just as nuts = healthy brownie. Nuts and cream cheese = health-food brownie. I see I will have to be doing some baking tomorrow. This is why addicts should NOT hang out together. I assume you already have a lemon bar recipe? With shortbread bottom and gooey, lemony top, dusted with powdered sugar? If not, I will provide one to die for.

  4. Dot O says:

    Lemon is refreshing – bottom line. I love it too and it's good you posted this recipe because I think I have to stay away from chocolate for a while. I think it is giving me migraines/bad headaches. I can't wait to try these – I don't think lemon anything causes headaches! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!!

  5. Alias Mother says:

    See, now, I have an issue with citrus-flavored sweets. Lemon bars, lemon cookies, lemon-lime sherbet, key lime pie…they just don't work for me. I still eat them, you understand. I just don't enjoy them.Therefore, I am immune to all the oozy, gooey, dripped-icing cookie porn that you have on shameless display here. Totally immune. 100% percent unaffected. Completely and absolutely… I'm sorry. What were we talking about?

  6. Stephanie says:

    Jodi, it's definitely one of my top three favorite flavors. There's something so sweet and refreshing about it. Gayle, please make these. My husband didn't care for them (no peanut butter), but I know other normal husbands would love it!Kisa, I think there's a lemon bar recipe in one of the books I just got, BUT I could always use another that is “to die for.” Please share! Dot, I'm sorry about the migraines! I get bad migraines about once every couple of months or so. Luckily, they're not brought on by chocolate. At least, I don't think it's the chocolate. Hmm. Maybe something to think about. Alias Mother, you are too funny! “Oozy, gooey, dripped-icing cookie porn?” Um, is it too late to change my blog title???

  7. Kisa says:

    Recipe's posted on my blog! (So I get to plug your food photos, too 🙂 .)

  8. Gorgeous photos of those fantastic looking cookies!!!I want some, please.

  9. Violet says:

    It's definitely cookie porn. I have been fantasizing about these cookies for 3 days now.

  10. Claudine says:

    I tried these last night, and I assume that they cook at 350, right? Cause that's what I cooked mine at it worked great. They turned out very good, even though I omitted the lemon rind (I'm sure they would have tasted even better, but I didn't have any in the house and I just couldn't wait another day before trying these!). Very tasty, thanks for the recipe! I'm glad I found your blog after you left a comment on mine, I love your recipes and commentaries!

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