Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring is Just Around the Corner

I feel spring coming.  A whole full week of sunshine.  Flowers blooming. Birds singing.  Warmer temps. Beautiful strawberries.

Bees buzzing.  Okay, not so much bees buzzing.  But I did find a random little guy dead on our window sill.  Not cool.

Tulips on my table.

Cute German couples sitting on their porch.

Not the best pic, I know.  But our window looks directly across the intersection to their house and they definitely have a clear view.  So, in order to be discreet, I stood at the back of the room and zoomed, zoomed, zoomed.  Yep, I am that neighbor.  Creeper.  

Pretty little flats.  I'm talking 'bout shoes for all you manly men out there.   

No laughing at my white feet.  Spring has only just begun and has not decided to just be here permanently 24/7.  Nevertheless, there was a day that I got to wear flats, white footsies and all. And it was glorious.  

To fit with the spring feel, I decided to bake up a little spring treat.

Lemon cookies.  Or as Luis called them "Little Fluffy Clouds of Deliciousness".  Maybe those weren't his exact words, but there was something about fluffiness and clouds and them being really, really good.  Emphasis on really.    

The cookie itself on its own, is a simple little cookie. It's very light but doesn't stand out or scream flavor.  It's how we all should be, humble.  

The lemon flavor is subtle (I added 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract, but in the copy below I upped it to a full teaspoon for some extra tang) and their funny little shapes definitely give that home-made feel.  

What makes these so addicting though is the lemony frosting.  So tangy yet sweet and so, so amazing.  Definitely the perfect spring treat. 

Lemon Cookies
(Adapted from Joy of Baking)
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 or 1 teaspoon lemon extract (or you can omit all together)
Zest of 1 large lemon
2 1/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one a time, mixing well after each one.  Add vanilla, lemon zest and lemon extract.  

In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder.  Add to the wet ingredients and beat until combined.  

Drop cookies onto cookie sheet.  Ooooorrrr if your dough cooperates with you (mine, of course didn't) roll dough out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut into shapes.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until tops look done and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  

Lemon Frosting
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk or light cream
Juice of half a lemon

Cream butter until smooth.  Add in vanilla, lemon juice and sugar.  Add milk and beat until frosting is light and fluffy.  Add more lemon or sugar or milk for desired flavor and consistency.  Tint yellow for that added lemony look.

Eat one.  Eat two.  Eat three.  Eat four.  Give some to your neighbors to save your waste line and make friends for life.

Guten Appetit!


Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

I have been looking for a good lemon cookie recipe! This is perfect! They are my favorite! I love Spring!

Terri said... Best Blogger Tips

I sure wish I could pop in for a visit and help you get rid of some of those cookies and strawberries!

Dad said... Best Blogger Tips

I want to drop in for some cookies!!! It's always fun to read your blog! I love you!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I totally agree with your Dad!!!!!

Love you. Aunt Geri

Carissa said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh sister I wish you could feed me and then we could go tanning together :)
I love you!

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