Saturday, September 4, 2010

First Baking Post!: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

The view from my back patio today.
 The weather could not be more perfect today.  Low humidity, mid-70s, plenty of sunshine, and just enough wind.  I have nearly all the windows open and there is a wonderful [sneeze-inducing] breeze drifting through the house.  On a day like this, I can't NOT bake something.  Plus, I can't believe I haven't done a baking post, since I am such an avid baker.  So, it just fits!

This recipe was described on Allrecipes as "THE cookie for the lemon lover."  I love all things lemony.  I think I take after my mom in that regard.  Lemons just remind me of sunshine, and on such a sunshiney day, a lemon cookie sounded perfect.

Lemon Sunshine Cookies (I renamed -- and tweaked just a little -- Juanita's Lucious Lemon Snaps. Thank you for the great recipe!)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together first 5 ingredients.  Form a well in the center.  Pour the last 3 ingredients into the well.
  3. Stir together to form a dough.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake for 7 minutes.  Edges will be slightly golden brown.  Makes 24 cookies.

I love the little bits of lemon zest in the dough.

Fresh out of the oven.
Just amusing myself.  Thanks Angela for the cute plate set ;)
These are seriously really good.  I would describe them as a lemony sugar cookie.  They have just enough lemon flavor, a delicate crunch, and a slightly soft middle.  They would be SO perfect with a cup of tea.



  1. I am drooling. Really, I just drooled on my computer.

  2. Nice post, and beautiful pictures once again! Can't believe the quality of your camera -- what kind is it again?

  3. Ang-- Haha, sorry! Maybe if you guys are still visiting on Monday there will be some left.

    Jess-- Thanks! My camera is a Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. I agree, for a point-and-shoot, the quality is very impressive. I take most of my photos on the automatic function too, rather than manual. Then I adjust the color & contrast a little in Picasa.