Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lemon and vanilla!

   Don't those two things sound delicious together? Perfect in a cookie, right? My friend from the lab went home to Mexico last week and she brought me some delicious, aromatic Mexican vanilla extract. So what is a better way to say thank you than bake some vanilla goods and bring it to the lab? Since it's such a exquisite ingredient you don't have to go crazy and add too many things, actually the simpler dish, the better. So I decided to make some vanilla lemon cookies - simple, clean flavors that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Here is the recipe (makes 24 cookies):

*  2 cups all-purpose flour
*  1 stick of butter (softened)
*  3/4 cup sugar
*  1 egg
*  1/2 tsp baking soda
*  1/4 tsp baking powder
*  1/4 tsp salt
*  2 tsp vanilla extract
*  1 tbsp lemon zest
*  2-3 tbsp lemon juice

1. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
2. With a mixer, cream butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla extract, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix all together.
3. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter and mix in. Add another half and mix until combined.
4. Layer the baking sheet with a parchment paper, scoop the cookie dough (about 1 tablespoon size) into your hands, form balls and arrange on a baking sheet spacing evenly.
5. Bake at 350F for 13-15 minutes until edges are lightly browned.

   Soft and lemony, that's the best description of these cookies. You can taste the lemon zest without overpowering a delicate vanilla, just the perfect combination. What am I going to do when I run out of this great vanilla? I guess I will just have to go to Mexico myself and get some more! Oh, well... another vacation!



  1. Wow! Absolutely delicious!! Thanks for posting this! I found you through Pinterest. I'm definitely going to be making these quite a bit. I'd go as far as to say they are my new favorite cookies! I love the cake-like texture these have. Oh my. I could go back and eat them all right now...

    I made these as a "test run" for my brother and sister-in-laws lawn party on Saturday. I am bringing them to their house tonight so my brother and a couple of their friends can try them. I'll have to make these next time with gluten free all purpose flour since my sis in law has a gluten allergy, but I'm sure my brother will let me know how good they are.

    1. I'm so glad you liked them...and I know what you mean, you can't stop eating them! Have fun at the party!