Lemon Squeeze. Cookies all around.

Our daughter came home from school today and asked the same question she asks at least once a week.


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

2 Eggs

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)



  1. I like to see that nothing has changed in your tastes. Lemon bars still are the favorite huh? I make cookies at least once a week with my kids. Rice krispy treats are another favorite thing we make together as well. Counting the marshmallows is so fun to them. Favorite recipe from a college roommate would be your peach salsa. I still love that stuff.

  2. Oh, that peach salsa is a good one. Makes me want to make it tonight for dinner. I love how food brings back good memories.

    Our kids love to count the marshmallows too.
    Then they like to group them in 5, or 10 etc.

    We have been known to do math with them also. Subtraction is fun because when we take away, they head right into their mouths.

    Next time you are here we will have to get the kids together and make cookies.

  3. I have a recipe from a friend of my mom's who my mom met in childbirth class when she was pregnant for me. We've moved several times and lost touch but it will always be "Martha Darsney's Apple Pie" recipe!

  4. My 4 year old 'helps' all the time in the kitchen, and she just loves it. Sometimes it is hard to let her because it always takes longer, I trip over her at least 12,000 times, and there are more messes to take care of. It just makes her so happy, though. We will definitely try these soon. I always want fruity or tarty over chocolate!

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