Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lovely Lemon Cookies

Pinterest strikes again!  This weekend I was perusing my Pinterest post looking for a new Christmas Cookie to try and found this lovely refreshing lemon cookie that looked pretty easy.  A bonus was that I had all the ingredients on hand.  While my wonderful husband was making his famous pecan bars and a new oatmeal and chocolate chunk cookie recipe from Food Network, I whipped up this little delight.  This came from  via LDS Living Blog post.

Link to Pinterest Pin!
Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Makes 2-3 dozen

½ cups butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoons baking powder
⅛ teaspoons baking soda
1-½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

*If using a non-stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Long Time Coming...

It has been quite awhile since my last post.  We have gone on vacation, attended board meetings, staff meetings and numerous school basketball games. In between all of these activities there have been a few new recipes that I have tried and a few oldies that were dusted off. 

With the holidays fast approaching I thought I would post an updated green bean casserole from Williams and Sonoma that we tried the day before we left for vacation.  This was a part of our mini Thanksgiving we held at our house.  No roast turkey, just a wonderful roast chicken.   The dish was delicious, but takes a bit of time.  Enjoy!

 The Final Product

Slicing the Shallots
My "Deep Fryer"  Careful grease is hot!