These cookies happened totally by accident, a happy, happy accident! I was on Martha Stewart’s website looking at cookies recipes and I came across this Old Fashioned Lemon Cookie Recipe. I’ve been toying with the idea of offering a lemon option at the farmers market because several customers had asked about it. I happened to have a lemon sitting on the counter and I already had the other ingredients, so I decided to give these lemon cookies a try. I compared Martha’s recipe to my own sugar cookie recipe and it was pretty much the same, so I just added the lemon to my own recipe. I added a lot more lemon to my recipe!
So, I followed Martha’s instructions and didn’t chill the dough but getting them onto the cookie sheet was a bit challenging. I sprinkled them with a fair trade cane sugar before baking for added tastiness. I wanted to be able to offer samples of these cookies at the market so I made some little and I made some bigger. The bigger ones, really came out huge!
After the cookies came out of the oven, they looked really good and they were a bit crunchy. I really liked them. My 4 year old liked them too! Some of the little ones didn’t come out looking very smooth, but the second and third batch came out smooth, like the picture above. Eva, my daughter, and I had to eat the uneven ones, of course! She kept sneaking back into the kitchen and eating cookies!
I still had some lemon juice left over and I was contemplating glazing the cookies or making some kind of icing for the tops. I couldn’t decide what to do and I was concerned about how the icing would do once I put the cookies in the bags for the market.
This is how I package the cookies for the market ^.
So, I thought, what if I make cookie sandwiches and put a lemon cream inside the cookies! I made the lemon cream and i started to pipe the icing onto the cookies. I had just purchased 2 jars of organic jam, raspberry and blackberry. Unfortunately, the blackberry jam had huge seeds in it and I couldn’t use it in these. 😦 The good news is raspberry goes really well with lemon and so I put the two flavors together and success!!! I am in love with these cookies! The litmus test would be how do they do at the market. I sold the mini ones in single bags for $.50 each and the big ones, as one customer fondly referred to them as whoopie pies, sold for $2 each. The next day the cookies were much softer even after they were in the fridge all night.
They sold out!! Everyone was delighted and I was very pleasantly surprised! These may just make the regular rotation! I love creating new products. Baking brings me joy!
These cookies can be ordered by the dozen and they can be made gluten-free with almond flour by request! If you live in Northeast Florida you may order a batch today via email or Facebook!