Monday, January 25, 2010

A Surprise for the Lunch Box Crowd

We're packing lunches this week. Next year I plan to try my hand at really cool Bento-style lunches. Bento fits in with my cooking style: fresh, whole foods -- as unprocessed as possible. It also uses all the senses, which really appeals to me. But this year, it's just regular old lunch box lunch. And tomorrow, my lunch box crowd gets Triple Lemon Cookies. Mmmmmmm...

Triple Lemon Cookies

makes about 18 large cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • the juice AND rind of 2 lemons

  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 2 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

For Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar

  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice (fresh!)

  • the zest of 1 lemon

How it's Done:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening, and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the lemon juice and zest, and beat well.

  3. Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in a medium bowl. Slowly add to wet mixture, scraping sides of bowl often. Beat until well combined.

  4. Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 minutes or so, until sides are slightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets right away and let cool on wire racks completely.

  5. Combine glaze ingredients in a bowl. Spread generously over cookie tops. Leave them to set on the counter.

  6. Devour them mercilessly. :) Alternatively, save them for the lunch boxes like you're supposed to.


Andrea said...

I love lemon, I love cookies too. So this recipe is a match made in heaven! I'll be making them soon :)

Stephanie M. from PBS said...

If you like lemon cookies, there's a similar recipe using ricotta cheese that I love. It's a recipe from Giada De Laurentiis I discovered. They are a-maze-ing.

Michelle said...

Ricotta cheese in cookies? Interesting! I just might have to try it...though these cookies are quite addictive themselves. =D

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