The sun is shining and the weather has been steadily heating up so far this summer. I wish we had a pool but thankfully in Minnesota a beautiful lake is usually not too far away. I’m looking forward to sitting on the beach or in the backyard enjoying a cool glass of lemonade. It doesn’t get much more summery than that. Until I get a relaxing afternoon outside, I really want to make something sweet, lemony, and delicious. In my vintage recipe box I found a great recipe for lemon cookies.
With help from my sweet mom, I was able to whip up some lemon icing as well, and they turned out so yummy. I brought them to a picnic and everyone happily ate them up. These lemon cookies are very easy and quick to make, which is great of busy summers.
To make these delicious lemon cookies and the lemon icing to go along with them, all you need is:
- 1 cup of shortening
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 lemon (you should be able to get all the juice and rind you will need)
- 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 heaping teaspoon of lemon rind
- 2 -1/2 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
You should have everything you need for these yummy cookies right in your pantry and fridge, except maybe a lemon. So after you pick one of those up from your local grocery store, it’s time to make these delicious lemon cookies.
First start out by creaming the sugar and shortening together, either in a standing mixer or using a handy dandy hand mixer.
Once thoroughly mixed, add in one egg and whip the mixture together.
Next it’s time to get the lemony goodness for the cookies.
Using a lemon zester or microplane, take the rind off of about half of the lemon. You want about a heaping teaspoon for your cookies.
Then juice the whole lemon and set aside. You will need two tablespoons of juice for the cookies and one tablespoon for the icing.
Take the two tablespoons of juice and heaping teaspoon of rind and add it to the shortening mixture.
After mixing in the lemony goodness, sift the flour, salt, and baking soda into the mixture. Keep mixing the batter until all the flour is thoroughly combined.
Preheat your oven to 400°.
Using a tablespoon or mini cookie scoop, place little rounds of lemon cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Depending on the size of the cookies you are making, you should get about 2 dozen cookies.
Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are slightly browning. After they are done, place cookies on a cool rack to cool down.
While the cookies are cooling, you can get the icing ready.
Whip together one tablespoon of lemon juice and a half cup of powdered sugar. I added in only part of the sugar at a time to make sure the icing wasn’t too thin or thick. You want it a drizzling consistency but not super runny.
Using a fork, drizzle the lemon icing over the lemon cookies. I recommend placing something under the cooling rack for easy clean up.
Once the icing has set, it’s time to enjoy these delicious cookies.
These are so yummy and have a lemony, bright flavor. Trust me you would want to stop with just one cookie. I recommend making these for a party or your family’s cookie jar so that everyone can enjoy them (and you don’t eat them all yourself).
If you are looking for a new mixer to make these cookies, Heartland America has an electric stand up mixer available right now.
The Dash N Go Everyday Stand Mixer has six speeds and a 2.5 quart mixing bowl. It’s a great little mixer for everything from whipped cream to cookies. Supplies are limited so check it out today.
I’m looking forward to bringing you more delicious recipes, fun projects, and great products this summer. So stay tuned and remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.