Friday, January 31, 2014

Lemon Vanilla Drop Cookies

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With all the changes plus the actual job I have plus the start of a new semester plus the leftovers from the January term, it's been a crazy week.  I came home the other night and I just wanted a cookie.  Specifically a lemon cookie.  I don't think I've ever made a lemon cookie before and the internet is full of "use boxed cake mix"recipes for lemon cookies.  No thank you, not today.

I want real lemon flavor from actual lemons!  What's a girl to do?

Do it herself, that's what.

Enter Lemon Vanilla Drop Cookies:



I took a classic recipe for vanilla drop cookies and gave it a lemony twist.  

The thing about drop cookies is, well, you drop them onto the cookie sheet.  It doesn't make for the prettiest cookie you've ever seen, maybe not as Pinterest worthy as the perfectly shaped and textured flatter cookies you get from other recipes, but the flavor and texture are so worth it.

You can add to the fun of these by sprinkling them with lemon sugar. (Here's how to make it.

Lemon Vanilla Drop Cookies

Time: about 30 minutes / Yield: about 2 dozen

Ingredients
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • zest of two large lemons


Heat oven to 375º and line a baking sheet with parchment.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar.  Add vanilla and egg and beat until well blended.

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.  Add half the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat a few seconds until just combined.  Add the zest and the milk and beat for 10 more seconds, then add the remaining dry ingredients.

Drop tablespoon sized mounds of dough about 3 inches apart on to prepared baking sheet.  Bake until edges are lightly browned, about 10 minutes.  Transfer to a rack for cooling.

Each of these delicious morsels has the following stats: