Thursday, August 26, 2010

TGIF Foods: Kid-Friendly Lemonade Cookies!

lemonade cookies

Lots of kids are back in school already across the country, and they're going to need something to cheer them up this weekend. Forget lemonade stands and soft serve ice cream cones. It's time to pull out the big guns: cookies.

Get the kids in the kitchen and bake a big batch of these sweet-tart lemonade cookies. They're easy to make and can be frosted, an activity universally loved by kids. I first posted on these cookies a year ago, and they're so fabulously fun I had to share them again.

Oh, and don't forget to pack a cookie in your little one's lunch box on Monday morning. It may be as healthy as an apple, but it's guaranteed to bring happiness.

Lemonade Cookies
Makes approximately 30 cookies
Printable recipe.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup softened unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 large egg
1/2 cup lemonade concentrate, thawed

Lemonade icing, optional:
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemonade concentrate
a few drops of whole milk

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

2. Using an electric mixer cream butter, sugar, and lemon zest on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg, and mix until combined. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the 1/2 cup lemonade concentrate, mixing until just combined.

3. Drop tablespoons of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet at least 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool on wire racks for at least 30 minutes if frosting.

4. For the icing: Whisk the confectioners' sugar, lemon zest, and lemon concentrate in a small bowl. Add a few drops of milk and continue whisking until the icing is smooth and opaque and clings to the back of a spoon. Taste it, and adjust flavors as desired. When it's ready, pour icing through a fine mesh sieve to remove any tiny clumps of confectioners' sugar. For easy clean up, place a sheet of parchment paper under the cookie rack before frosting. Dip the top of the cookie in the icing and place on rack. Allow to dry completely before storing in an air-tight tin or plastic container. Place wax paper between layers to protect the icing.

Note: The cookies are delicious plain; however, the icing adds an extra layer of tang that'll make you pucker. My only caveat is that icing on cookies prefers chilly winter weather to hot summer weather. So if you ice them, be sure to let them dry thoroughly in an air-conditioned room.

You might also enjoy these kid-friendly cookie recipes:
Cowardly Lion Cookies recipe from Sweetnicks
Oatmeal Everything Cookies recipe from Food Blogga
Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies recipe from Pinch My Salt
Fluffernutter Cookies recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod
Big and Dense Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from Cookie Madness
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe from Food Blogga