By Sue from Hiouchi, CA
I agree with adding lemon juice and/or lemon extract plus grated lemon rind. I would also add it to the icing. For the cake mix cookies here's the recipe. 1 box cake mix, any flavor. 1 stick butter/margerine and 2 eggs. Batter will be thick. Beat all the ingriedents together in a large bowl. Drop the cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet by the teaspoon full (I use a cookie scoop) and bake for 8-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. You can add any ingredients you like. My favorite is to take orange cake mix and add 1 cup of white chocolate chips and just follow the directions above. These are quick, easy and delicious.
I have seen recipes online to make cookies from cake mixes. I don't know if it was on the cake mix sites or on different recipe sites. I have always thought it was kind of a neat idea.
You might try adding some lemon flavoring, like maybe a tablespoon. Or add a tsp. of flavoring and grate some lemon rind in the cake. I usually keep the dried rind in my spices. If you don't have any of those ingredients, I don't think there is much you can do.
Roll teaspoonful of dough into balls and drop into a bowl of confectioners' sugar (I use a Melon baller, it is less messy). Roll them around until they're lightly covered. If toddlers are the primary eaters, skip the confectioners sugar (think sticky fingers and walls).
Once sugared, put them on a parchment lined cookie sheet 2 inches apart (when I pick them up with my fingers they flatten a bit, put a flat side down and they won't roll as you move the pan). The parchment keeps them from sticking. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven. If baking more than one pan rotate and turn after 5 min. The bottoms will be light brown, and the insides chewy. For a crisper cookie bake a couple of more min. Dark pans take the less time, shinny pans take the longer time. Let sit on pan for a few min. and transfer cookies to racks to cool. If using the same pan for another batch and it is warm it will take less time in the oven.
By Scott E. from Chicago
Frosting: can make an orange flavored simple frosting either homemade or to a tub of prepared frosting: add some yellow and red food coloring to make the exact shade of orange and along with some grated orange rind and a very small amount of orange extract or orange juice. (08/14/2008)
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