It’s mid-March, which means our lemon tree looks like this:
What do you do with thousands of lemons? You make these cookies and this cocktail.
These lemon cloud cookies were made for a lemonade playplate at the park. They had a satisfying crunch, tasted of lemon (duh), and were devoured by a crowd of happy sticky-fingered kids.
This cocktail was consumed while making these cookies. I had half a lemon and a hankering for whiskey, and then this happened:
Garfield is apparently excited for the new season of Mad Men too…IndianaGeorge, please don’t cancel your cable!!!
Lemon Cloud Cookies
Makes just a little over 2 sheets of cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
Juice of half a large lemon (save the other half for cocktail below)
1 heaping teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Beat in the eggs one at a time. Batter may look broken and curdled. Beat in the lemon juice and zest.
Gradually beat in the flour. Remove the bowl from the mixer and give the dough a few good turns with your spatula to bring it all together.
Drop rounded tablespoons of dough about 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until slightly golden. Slide the parchment paper off the pan to cool completely.
Adapted from the always-fabulous Joy the Baker
Makes one drink
Shot of whiskey
Juice of half a lemon
Water, about 3/4 shot glass worth
1 tablespoon sugar
Stir and serve on the rocks. Sip over an episode of Mad Men if you’re in the mood. ;-)
Recipe adapted from a plethora of lemon cocktail recipes Eric found somewhere on the Interweb…did I mention we have a lot of lemons? We’re considering dubbing it the signature cocktail of The Desert Abode…
Psst! Jonesing for more lemon recipes? Check out this lemon week post of yore.