CAN WE MAKE COOKIES?
It is hard for me to say no to this request. The baby (is 2 still considered a baby) would be asleep and it would be prime time for the two of us to "hang out." On top of that, our daughter likes to tell me all about her day. Over cookies is the perfect opportunity for me to listen. Plus, making cookies together has improved her math skills ten fold.
I said yes. The catch today was that I had very little time for this project. No time is a better way to put it.
So, we made LEMON COOKIES. Three ingredients, doesn't make too many so it goes quick,
and it is perfect for young hands. Not to mention, I love lemon. Give me a choice between a lemon bar and any.other.treat. and I will always choose the lemon bar. Always. Plus, I got the recipe from my very first roommate in college. Every time I make them I think of her.
When we were done my daughter jumped down off the counter, cookie in hand, and gave me a giant squeeze. "Thanks mom, I love making cookies together."
I didn't take any pictures, and now all the cookies are gone. They are that good. Just know they are yellow and delicious.
I pkg. Betty Crocker Super Moist LEMON CAKE MIX. (any lemon cake mix will work, Betty Crocker is just my favorite).
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease your cookie sheet or use Pam. I like using a Silpat, parchment paper will work too.
Mix the cake mix, oil and eggs with a spoon until a ball forms. It will look like you need more liquid, just have your kids keep mixing. They can't hurt it, that is the great part. It is also really sticky so you don't have to worry about your kids throwing flour all over the place.
Our daughter is perfecting her egg cracking. To ensure that we don't waste ingredients she cracks the eggs in a separate bowl and then pours them in.
Drop the dough by teaspoonfuls. Bake for about 8 minutes, or just until set. I usually set mine for 5 and then watch them for another minute or so. Don't over cook them, they are best soft and chewy. Let them cool completely.
Now... you can stop there, but DON'T, they can be so much better.
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh is best, but bottled works just fine).
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 stick salted butter (softened)
1 tsp. finely grated lemon rind (optional)
DO YOU COOK WITH YOUR KIDS?
DO YOU LOVE LEMON?
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE RECIPE FROM A COLLEGE ROOMMATE?