One woman's adventures in cooking for her Dutch-American family.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

I found this recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago and made plans to make it, but then everyone got sick and I did not feel like doing any extra baking. Now that we are starting to all feel better, it's cookie day!

The recipe comes from LDS Living, which sponsored a cookie contest, and this little gem is the winner.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies 
from LDS Living
Makes 2-3 dozen


  • ½ cups butter, softened 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 1 whole egg 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest 
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice 
  • ¼ teaspoons salt 
  • ¼ teaspoons baking powder 
  • ⅛ teaspoons baking soda 
  • 1-½ cup all-purpose flour 
  • ½ cups powdered sugar 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut a lemon in half. Squeeze juice into a small bowl. You should get about a Tablespoon. I used a little more. Zest the peel with a grater to until you have a teaspoon.
  3. Grease light colored baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. (Or place your new Silmat in the baking sheet!)                        
  4. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 
  5. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. 
  6. Stir in all dry ingredients--excluding the powdered sugar--slowly until just combined. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly.                      
  7. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate.   
  8. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.                       
  9. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}.                                                 
  10. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.  
 *If using a non-stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Banana Snowman

It's been a crazy few months, between my intense three month headache, selling our house, packing up all our worldly possessions and moving into a small, furnished apartment until our new house (and kitchen!) is done.

Hopefully, in the downtime, I can catch up a bit with my cooking here. I've been using Pinterest for a lot of my meal plans lately. But with most of my cooking gear packed away, meals have been simple.

In honor of our first big snow, I made my son a snowmen snack:

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