Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lemon Cookies

These melt in your mouth.... and if you want to cook them longer, they're crispier. But I like them softer so I make them like I do my sugar cookies (courtesy of Betty Crocker), with powdered sugar.

I made these for a family funeral today. My brother Mike passed away on Saturday. I had the pleasure and honor of being with him when he breathed his last... of singing old Everly Brothers songs to him (his favorite) and sweet hymns...

It is quite possible that Mike fled to heaven's doors to get away from our singing, my brother Terry and I aren't exactly a practiced duo. :)

But it was good... and sad... and wonderful... and peaceful. Exactly what we wanted for him.

So for today's gathering, we did a cookie tray and these lemon cookies were the first ones I got done and I refuse to tell you how many I ate. Or how good the dough was.


Don't tell!

Here's the lemon cookie recipe:


1 cup soft butter
2 large eggs
1 cup sour milk (1 tablespoon lemon juice added to 1 cup milk)
Juice and zest from one big lemon, add juice as needed to make 1/4 cup
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder

Cream butter and eggs. Add milk and juice, zest and mix well. Add flour slowly, with baking soda and baking powder.

Drop by rounded spoonfuls (or use a cookie scoop) onto parchment paper.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 9-10 minutes. Cookies should be soft and pale, but firm. If that makes a lick of sense!



Frosting Recipe:

1 3 oz. package of cream cheese (softened)
1 stick butter (1/2 cup) (softened)
4 cups powdered sugar (I grew up hearing it called confectioner's sugar!!!)
Zest and juice from one lemon

Blend cream cheese and butter. Add sugar, lemon juice and zest. Blend and then beat on medium high until smooth. Add yellow food coloring to give slight yellow color, if desired.

Frost cooled cookies.

These are tender, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, a perfect lemony treat for spring and summer.... before our tastes give way to blue jeans and cinnamon, apples and spice!

I joined them with several varieties of cookies and brownies, so that when we gathered to celebrate Mike's life... we could do it over delicious food, through laughter and tears, with family and friends gathered around.

Just the way he would have wanted it.

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  1. What a beautiful passing for your brother! We hate death and dying, but it comes to all of us. It's a beautiful thing to spend our last moments with the ones we have loved here on earth.

    And I'm sure your singing was beautiful. :)

    Now to the cookies! These are much like my grandmother's soft sugar cookies, but the lemon...ooooh! I have to try these!

  2. Praying blessings on you and your family, Ruthy. Laughter and tears, sweet memories to soothe the pang of loss. Grateful you could come together to celebrate.

    And I'll definitely be making these cookies!

  3. Ruthy, I've heard you sing (on our retreat). You have a beautiful voice! Now, I can't vouch for Terry :), but I know Mike must've thought he heard angels while you were singing.

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray the service goes well and that you're comforted by family and friends. And these delicious lemon cookies. I look forward to making them!

  4. Praying for you and your family, Ruthy. I'm so sorry for your loss. As someone who has frequently been told to stop singing, I can say, I'm sure you did sound like angels.

    The cookies look heavenly as well. *g*

  5. So sorry for the loss of your brother, Ruthy, but what a blessed, albeit bittersweet, departure, though. Saying goodbye is never easy for those left behind.

    These cookies sound like something I will be making very soon. I love lemony stuff. Perfect for summer.