Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine Goodies

What is the saying?  "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?"
Well, when good friends give you lemons... make Lemon Cookies! 

Lemon Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 cups powdered sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
In large bowl, beat butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup powdered sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, oil and lemon peel until well blended. On low speed, beat in flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt until well blended.
Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 hours for easier handling.
Heat oven to 325°F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. On ungreased cookie sheets, place balls 2 inches apart. Dip bottom of small glass into 3 tablespoons sugar; press on cookies to make about 2 inches in diameter. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges begin to set and cookies are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix 2 cups powdered sugar and enough lemon juice until smooth and spreadable. Spread frosting on cookies.

Jazz them up!  Sometimes I put pistachios, walnuts or sliced almonds on top.  If you're making them for your Valentine, put a drip of red frosting on after you've frosted them with the lemon icing, and then just pull a toothpick right through the middle of that red drip.  It will turn into a sweet little heart!

Wow!  Lots of goodies on this blog:

And...the Wisteria Wreath makes another appearance...

I needed something on my table to surround the heart shaped bowl of chocolates.
(Lucky wreath!)



Lisa said...

Your cookies look so pretty with that little heart in the middle. Lemon cookies were definitely a good idea. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cookies up.

Lisa said...

Thanks for linking these up to Sweets for a Saturday. Don't forget to come by and enter my giveaway for a $25 item of your choice from CSN.