When life hands you lemons… make cookies & more!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Fabulous & Free | 0 comments

Some days are “lemons”. Yesterday my youngest child woke up sick.  As she was “sick” (as in it wouldn’t bless you to hear more) she insisted she wasn’t so sick she couldn’t go to church.  “They have bathrooms there!”  She LOVES her youth group leader so much she goes to two identical services every Sunday.  She did everything she could to make lemonade out of the “lemons” being handed to her.  After all, the quote is….”When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Well needless to say she had to stay home (despite when the clock struck 9:30 and 11:00 she said, “Awww church is starting right now without me! :( “  – Yes complete with sad face.) Last week my friend Colleen gave me a bag of lovely lemons.  I have a new tree that produced 2 this year (but I’m hopeful for next year).  They have been sitting on my counter and every day I keep telling myself to do something with them other than freeze the juice.  So since we were home from church with a sick child and it was pouring rain (a lovely thing here in Arizona), I went into the kitchen at 9 am and didn’t come out until 6.  I’m not kidding.  Nine hours on my feet in a cooking flurry.  I started with a batch of homemade zuchinni soup (great for a rainy day) and then entered the world of flour and baking powder.  I had a ball!  So while when life hands you lemons you are supposed to make lemonade…I made everything but lemonade.  I baked two batches of lemon cookies (most of them are in the freezer for enjoyment later), 1 lemony butter cake, one batch of lemon oat bars, and one lemon loaf.  Good thing we like things made from lemons!  All were new recipes except the cookies.  In the end, the cookies and the lemon oat bars were our family’s favorites.  The cookies are a recipe from my friend Julie, who got it from her friend, Lolita.  I promised my sister, Lisa, she could find the recipe here. I thought…why not share the love?  You will love these if you like a little tang with your lemon goods.  Don’t scrimp and use bottled lemon juice on these – pick the lemons off your tree like we do here in AZ or at the least pick them up at your grocery.  These are such a great “spring” cookie.  They would be oooooo so faboo placed in your easter baskets all cellophaned up with lovely ribbon.

ICED LEMON COOKIES:  Makes 2 dozen cookies (I double this recipe)

1 cup softened butter

Zest of two lemons

6 TBS fresh lemon juice (divide this 2 TBS & 4 TBS)

2 1/2 cups sugar

2 medium eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsps cream of tartar

powdered sugar for the glaze.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees (yes, 400)

Sugar/lemon mixture:

Zest the lemons and add the zest to the 2 1/2 cups sugar (you can add more zest if you want – there is no such thing as too much)


In a mixer add the butter, 1 1/2 cups of the sugar/lemon mixture, 2 TBS lemon juice and the eggs until light and fulffy (about 3-4 min)


Sift flour, cream of tartar and baking soda and add slowly to the butter mixture


Scoop the cookie dough out with a cookie scoop (about 1 heaping teaspoon) and roll into a ball.  Roll  the cookie ball in the sugar mixture until completely coated.


Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 7 min.  Ice the cookies while they are warm (I used a honey dipper to drizzle on the glaze).


4 TBSP lemon juice mixed with approximately 1 cup powdered sugar.  Drizzle glaze over the cookies while they are warm.  (I did mine as soon as I removed them from the pan onto the cooling rack.  You may want to put a cookie sheet under your cooling rack to catch the drips).

Iced lemon cookies

Lolita's Iced lemon cookies


Lemon loaf

Glazed lemon loaf - dust with powdered sugar before serving - recipe on Pinterest


Lemon Oat Bars

Lemon Oat Bars won our vote - recipe on Pinterest

Lemony butter cake (cream cheese filling)

Lemony butter cake (cream cheese filling) - recipe on Pinterest

When life hands you lemons

This is what it takes when life hands you lemons and you BAKE!






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