Mother Nature can?t seem to make up her mind as to whether we?re fully in the days of fall or if she wants to hold onto summer a bit more. Despite fall being my favorite time of year and despite the flavors of fall being some of my favorites as well, I?m not quite feeling ready to give up the flavors of summer.
With that in mind, I was drawn to a recipe for some lemon cookies that uses a pudding mix. I thought they?d be the perfect thing to share with some friends at a gathering, and they turned out really well?the perfect way to say goodbye to the citrus flavors of summer.
This recipe comes from the blog ?Amy?s Healthy Baking.? You can find the original at http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2014/04/08/double-lemon-pudding-cookies/.
Double Lemon Pudding Cookies
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
the zest of one, medium-sized lemon
3/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 box lemon pudding mix (I used instant)
Beat the butter, eggs and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
Add in the flour, baking powder, salt, zest, pudding mix and sugar, and beat until the ingredients are well-incorporated.
Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes to help the cookies stay thick while baking.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and drop the dough by the tablespoon-ful onto a prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cookies are set up.
Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between layers of cookies to keep them soft and moist.
I didn?t have to worry about taking cookies home with me after we got together with friends. These turned out moist, soft and had just the right amount of lemon flavor. They were definitely a big hit with the group.
We may still have a few more days of 90-degree weather, but I?ve already been working to locate my favorite sweatshirts and sweaters in the back of the closet.
And as we say goodbye to September and hello to October, I suppose we can all enjoy this one last lemon dessert before we say hello to pumpkins, crunchy leaves and cool evenings.
When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.