Strolling through Costco Monday I had a craving for something lemon and grabbed a 5lb bag. Then when I got home I vaguely recalled I've done this before and how much baking I had to do to use up a 5lb bag because I'm not a fan of lemonade...
So yesterday afternoon I started with this recipe....Crisp Lemon Sugar Cookies. Of course I had to add a cup of finely chopped pecans and 1/2 cup of oatmeal whizzed in a processor. So they became "Crisp Lemon Pecan Oatmeal Sugar Cookies"
They are a great cookie but not as lemony as I would like so next time I will up the extract and lemon zest...
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest (or more)
2 teaspoons lemon extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Optional My additions:
1 cup of finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup of oatmeal whizzed in a processor.
In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and
fluffy. Beat in egg, lemon juice, zest and extracts. Combine the flour, salt and
baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. (opt: Stir in oatmeal and nuts)
Shape into 1-in. balls or drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart
onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.
Bake at 400° for 9-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Immediately remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Note: I baked them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes instead....
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