When Life Gives you Lemons…

It’s time for LEMON DESSERTS!!!!!!!

So along with the previous post, this post is in an effort to revive our blogging efforts!!! So look out for much more to come this summer!

With Fiona off enjoying the awesome-ness of London, Tope and I are in Salt Lake experiencing less than acceptable weather. .. So what do you do? We COOK!

I went to the Rancho Market, a Mexican/Latino Market, which was having a wonderful sale on all things produce.

There are a few Rancho Markets located around the Salt Lake Valley but I went to the one located at 190 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City – (801) 466-8700.

There I purchased lemons, 2lbs for 0.99 cents!!!! WOOOO!!!!

Hence the baking with lemons…

What we did:

Zesty Lemon Cupcakes

Zesty Lemon Cupcakes

Zesty Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Tea Cookies

Lemon Tea Cakes

Lemon Tea Cookies

ZESTY LEMON CUPCAKES

Best thing about these are that they are SUPER easy!  We just used a white cake box mix and substituted the vegetable oil for butter that was mixed with lemon zest.  We used the same amount of butter that we would have used with the oil.  Then mixed in the lemon zest with the butter and added that to the mixture! We also added a little freshly squeezed lemon juice to give it a little more flavor.  We then split the mixture into various sized muffin pans!

Cupcakes

Cupcakes pre-frosting

While we waited for the cupcakes to cool, it was time for the frosting!

My momma always makes cool whip frosting, and I always call her to ask her how to do it! So today, we called her up for a lemon frosting.

Lemon Frosting

  • 1 package lemon instant pudding mix (the instant is SUPER important)
  • 1 regular size container of whipped topping (Cool Whip)
  • 3/4 Cup to 1 Cup milk (I prefer 2%)

Start with the pudding mix and milk.  Mix the two starting with 3/4 C milk.  If you feel that it is too thick, finish adding the 1/4 C milk.  To change up the recipe a little, add lemon juice to your taste! Then fold in the cool whip and you have a delicious frosting!

Lemon Frosting

Lemon Frosting

LEMON TEA COOKIES (a recipe from the Taste of Home Cookbook)

A sandwhich cookie with a lemon zest filling!

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

Filling

  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring, optional

Beat the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and then beat in the egg yolk and vanilla.  Gradually add in the flour.  The recipe then says to roll out the dough into two separate rectangles and refrigerate overnight.  However, we didn’t want to wait and instead stuck the dough in the fridge for about 2 hours.  We then just rolled balls and squished them with our fists into a flat circle.  Sprinkle the walnuts on half of the cookies to be the tops of the cookie sandwich and cook in the oven at 400 degrees for around 8-10 minutes.  Keep a good watch so your cookies don’t burn!

For the filling – in a small mixing bowl, cream butter, lemon juice, and orange peel. Slowly add in the powdered sugar.  Once the cookies are cool, coat half the cookies in the filling and then put another cookie on top and enjoy!!!

Lemon Filling

Lemon Filling

Enjoy and we’ll see you in the kitchen!!!!

-Katie

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