On the sixth Day of Sugar my true love gave to me . . . Lemonhead Cookies
There is a place here in Salt Lake called Cookies By Design. They make a killer lemon drop cookie.
The first time I ever tried one was at my mother-in-laws house on Christmas day. Her cousin brings her a tray of yummy, big cookies every Christmas. It’s hard to choose which one to try, but one year I happened to grab an iced lemon one. All it took was one bite! Oh my heck, was it ever good! Every Christmas since, I always head for the cookie tray when we get to her house and grab myself the lemon cookie.
Ever since that first time trying it, I was hooked and I don’t just wait until Christmas to have one. Every now and then I’ll stop in at the cookie store and grab myself a lemon cookie (or two, or three).
Over the years I have tried to recreate that dang cookie and have just never had any luck . . . until now!
I honestly can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when I made these and took my first bite . . . JACKPOT! These cookies taste just like the cookie I fell in love with years ago!
I have a hard time stopping at just one. Now that I think about it, maybe it’s not such a good thing that I can now make them myself. . . .I think I’m in trouble!
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups butter flavored shortening
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups lemonheads , crushed (measure, then crush)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4-5 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In mixing bowl, cream sugar, shortening, and eggs; add vanilla and lemon extract. Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Coarsely Crush lemonheads in blender or food processor (you want some pieces, not crushed to a powder). Add to cookie dough.
Roll into balls, flatten slightly with your hand, and bake on a parchment lined cookie sheet (You must use parchment here to avoid sticking).
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly on pan for a couple of minutes.
Make the glaze by mixing powdered sugar with lemon juice to desired consistency. Brush glaze over cookie tops after cookies have cooled slightly.
Recipe Source: 5 Star Recipes from Well-Known Latter Day Saints Cookbook