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This is one of the easiest cookie recipes ever. Only 3 ingredients and they are oh so delicious!
Source: This recipe came from a TV show in Nashville, TN called "Talk of the Town".
By Diane P from White House, TN
Bake less time for chewy, lemony cookies, cook longer for cake-like cookies. If you like them chewy and lemony, start with about 10 minutes and pull them out. They will look glossy and underbaked but will firm up and be chewy. They are the best if they set a couple of days before eating.
By Elaine from Eastern Iowa
Combine all ingredients except flour and lemon glaze; with mixer, beat until well blended. Beat in flour. Divide dough in half; wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour. On well floured surface, knead one dough portion into a smooth ball. Roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in preheated 375 degrees F oven for 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool. Repeat with dough scraps and remaining dough. Decorate with lemon glaze. Store tightly covered.
With mixer, beat together 4 cup unsifted confectioners' sugar and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Divide glaze and tint with food coloring, if desired.
By Robin from Washington, IA
Cream shortening and sugar well. Add egg, lemon juice and lemon rind. Mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Chill dough. Shape into balls the size of a walnut.
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I want to make lemon cookies using a cake mix. All I have are white and yellow mixes. How do I make the ingredient changes?
By sue from Hiouchi, CA
I wonder if you could add a lemon pudding to the white cake mix?
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 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.
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.
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*For a more intense lemon add some of grated lemon peel
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (190 degrees C). Add cake mix, pudding and lemon peel if using, into a large bowl, whisk to combine . Stir eggs, oil, and lemon until well blended. Add to cake mixture and stir to combine. Let stand 5-10 min to thicken.
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
You can make Orange cookies like this, too, using orange juice to a yellow or white cake mix and some grated orange rind.
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)