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Friday, May 18, 2012

Lemonade Sugar Cookies

What are the first words that pop into your head when you think of summertime?  There are so many things to choose from...

Beach.  Pool.  Sun.  Hot.  Thirsty.


Cookies.  (a year-round word, but go with it)

Lemonade cookies?

Oh, yessss.

Lemonade Sugar Cookies
barely adapted from Just Baked

2 1/2 cups AP flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
grated zest of 2 lemons
1 stick (8 ounces) butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup canola oil
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
turbinado sugar for topping

Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

Using the paddle attachment, put butter and zest in mixing bowl and beat until smooth.  Add oil and mix, then add sugar and blend in.  Add eggs, scraping sides occasionally, and mix, followed by vanilla and lemon juice.  

Add dry ingredients until just combined.  Batter will be very loose.  Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment.  Roll tablespoon sized scoops of dough into round balls, roll in turbinado sugar, and place on baking sheet.  Leave a good amount of space between them since they will spread.

Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are just firm.  Bottoms will be pale brown but tops will be light.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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At May 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM , Blogger Angie's Recipes said...

I am a sucker for lemony desserts. These cookies sound wonderful.

At May 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM , Blogger Jaida said...

YUM! Give me a lemon-anything and I'm a happy girl! These look delish!

At May 18, 2012 at 4:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how soft and refreshing these cookies are, just like a tall glass of lemonade. A little something different from the usual sugar cookie. Yours look delicious!

At May 18, 2012 at 7:11 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

God I want lemon dessert so bad. Now I want cookies! These look yum!

At May 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM , Blogger Joanne said...

Lemon always makes me think of summer. These cookies look great!

At May 20, 2012 at 7:51 PM , Blogger Carrie said...

These sound perfect for summer!!!

At May 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM , Blogger Sarah - The Home Cook said...

I love lemon cookies. These sound great!

Thanks for being part of the recipe swaps.

At May 21, 2012 at 1:23 PM , Blogger Me And My Sweets said...


I’ve started My Sweet Party, where I every month host a party with a theme (MAY theme is CHOCOLATE). The party is ongoing the entire duration of the month and then I will choose my top three favourites and feture those blogs. I would LOVE you to join My Sweet Party!



At June 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM , Blogger Krystal R said...

Mel - I just made these cookies! I absolutely loved them, but I wanted to let you know that you left our the sugar amount needed for the cookies in your recipe. It should be about 1 1/4 cups? I checked the other link to make sure. ;-)

At June 6, 2012 at 8:03 PM , Blogger Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

well, I'm glad SOMEONE is paying attention! lol. Thank you! :)


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