Smushed lemon cookies

These might be a bit too puffy.

I present smushed lemon cookies. Instead of rolling them out and cutting them with cookie cutters, I scooped out 1/4 cups of dough (XL cookies, of course), and smushed them with the palm of my hand. (I am a 4 year old, I know) Then, I sprinkled them with sugar. A note, these don’t spread too much so you can make them as flat as you want. Quick notes – scoop your flour from your flour container into your measuring cup to get the right amount and preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes to get the correct temperature. Also, I got a late start on baking and frosted the cookies while they were still warm. If you think the frosting might be too lemony, use 1 tbs lemon juice and 1 tbs water.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Crisco (you can also substitute butter, softened to room temp)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 tsp lemin extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 3/4 cups flour

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes., in a bowl, blend crisco, oil, sugar and powdered sugar. Add water, lemon extract and egg. Blend in remaining ingredients. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough. On a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners, stagger mounds of dough. Flatten to desired thickness with the palm of your hand. Sprinkle with sugar., bake 13 to 17 minutes (bottoms of cookies will be lightly golden). Cool.

Frosting – combine 2 cups powdered sugar and 2 tbs lemon juice. Frost cookies. Store in covered container.

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Frosted Lemon Bars (made with a cake mix)

Frosted lemon bars

Today’s recipe is a change from my usual chocolate overload. Lemon bars. They are for our friend Marc, celebrating his birthday. They use a lemon cake mix and only a few other ingredients. You can use another flavor cake mix. if you want. If you do, use vanilla extract instead of lemon. I also opted for lemon frosting on top of the lemon bars. Again, if you opt for another flavor bar, vanilla frosting would be fine. Quick reminder to preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking So the oven is the right temp. If you think 2 tbs lemon juice in the frosting might be too tart, start with 1 and add 1 tbs water.

  • Lemon bar ingredients
  • 1 lemon cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup oil

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 min. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. In a bowl, blend cake mix, eggs, lemon juice and oil. Spread evenly into pan. Bake 15 to 17 min (do not overbake). Cool completely.

Frosting – combine 2 cups powdered sugar amd 2 tbs lemon juice. (Add water, a tsp at a time,if you want to thin it out a bit.). Add yellow food coloring (optional). Frost bars. Store in covered container.

Have a good day and remember to be kind. We are all battling something each day.