Although life has been more stressful lately, these brightly colored cookies reminded me of the early stages of my blog. Baking with my daughter was one of my greatest joys, as it gave us a chance to bond while we baked. Since becoming a teen, she's prioritized sports and activities with friends over baking. I completely understand, although I do miss the hours we'd spend together in the kitchen. Now that's she's doing online schooling at home, we've connected again in the kitchen. Seeing the joyous expression on her face when she sank her teeth into the center of these Lemon Sugar Cookies brought a smile to my face. Although the events in the world have made life unstable, these cookies lifted our spirits.
I hope you can find some solitude in your life during these stressful times. Even it's only for a few minutes, I hope you can experience a sense of calm and serenity in your day.
Here's my recipe for these Lemon Sugar Cookies:
Ingredients: 2 sticks unsalted butter; 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar; 1 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour; 1 cup cake flour; 1/2 tsp. baking powder; 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar; 1/2 tsp. sea salt; 1 tsp. lemon extract; 1 egg; zest of 2 lemons; 3 tablespoons lemon juice. 3-5 drops yellow food coloring.
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar using the paddle attachment, with the mixer set to medium-low speed. Add the egg. Mix for one additional minute. Add the flours, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt, lemon extract, lemon zest, lemon juice, and food coloring. Mix on medium-low speed until combined. If food coloring is not fully blended, use hands to gently knead the dough until combined. Drop the dough by 1 inch rounded teaspoons onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges are browned and centers are set. If desired, sprinkle the tops of cookies with additional sugar, after cookies are completely cooled. Makes approximately 18.