Monday, December 1, 2008

The 12 Days of Cookies - A Gourmet cookie extravaganza

This wonderful event is the brain child of Andrea of Andreas Recipes. How I got asked to be involved with this incredible group is beyond me but all the thanks goes to Kelly of Sass & Veracity. There are 8 of us that have decided to do The 12 Days of Cookies - A Gourmet cookie extravaganza. We will be choosing, baking, tasting, blogging and sharing with you a cookie a day for the next 12 days of December.

These cookies are coming from Gourmet's Favorite Cookie Recipes: 1941-2008.
They’ve published a lot of cookie recipes in their 68-year history, many of them around the winter holidays. This season they decided to choose the very best from each year.

These are my partners in crime. We will all be choosing different cookies and surprising each other. How fun is that???? Be sure to check out their selections for the day!

Jerry - the seat of my Pants
Ben - What's Cooking
Sandy -At the Baker's Bench
Courtney - Coco Cooks
Kelly - Sass & Veracity
Claire - The Barefoot Kitchen
Andrea - Andreas Recipes

Day 1 of the 12 Days of Cookies features the Lemon Thin!

How do you capture the bright sourness of lemon in a cookie? These thins do the trick: Each unassuming bite packs a punch of citrus flavor.

Lemon Thin - April 1976 (link to the recipe as it was originally printed)


2 eggs
2/3 Cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp lemon rind, grated
6 Tbsp butter, softened (I used unsalted)
2/3 Cup flour

  • Preheat oven to 400 °
  • In a bowl beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture forms a ribbon when the beater is lifted. Keep beating and add the lemon rind.
  • In a separate bowl beat the butter until it is light and fluffy.
  • Add the butter to the egg mixture alternating with the flour.
  • Drop the batter by teaspoons about 2-1/2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Flatten the mounds into 2 inch rounds with a spoon dipped in water.
  • Bake the cookies for about 5 minutes, or until the edges are browned.
  • Allow to cook on the sheets for 1 minute then cool them completely on a rack.
  • Makes about 48 cookies.
See how nice and thin they are?

These cookies were delicious and were everything I thought they would be. Light, crispy and full of flavor! I had some problem trying to get the size and the timing right. After my first batch I was on the right track.

Will I make these again? I most definitely will. They would be a great snack for a hot summer day around the pool!

As Always...

Happy Entertaining!!!



Fitness Foodie said...

Great idea, I am really looking forward to a cookie a day.

Andrea Meyers said...

I love lemon cookies, and this recipe looks so yummy! I'm so glad you joined us! You are ahead of me, I still have to shoot some photos of my first cookies (can ya tell I'm a little behind?)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This is quite an undertaking Judy but I do look forward to the next 12 days:D

glamah16 said...

Bravo! You know I missed that one, now I need to revisit. 11 more days to go!

Peter M said...

These wafers are great for coffee or tea...I could make it there for 3pm!

Megan said...

A nice cookie to enjoy with my tea. I love the series you guys are doing. Perfect!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm....lemon! I had my eye on those but was distracted by all the others. Who knows what I have on my list at this point. Nice job on those yummy thins. Perfect for tea!

Patsyk said...

I love the bright flavor of lemon in the summer... might make them in the cold months so I can imagine it's warm again!

Anonymous said...

Yum yum...I love lemon. So glad to be joining you in the cookie extravaganza!

Ivy said...

What a great idea. I love lemon and shall be looking forward to the other recipes as well.

Anonymous said...

Niiice choice. I don't think we picked that one. They came out lovely!

Anonymous said...

Hi Judy,
The lemon cookies look wonderful.
I can't wait to try them.
Have a great day.

Anne Coleman said...

Lemon cookies are one of my favorites! Yours are so thin - I don't have the patience, I'm afraid.

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Hi Parker-Stay tuned!

Hey Andrea-Thanks so much for including me!

Hey Val-It is an undertaking. I think I was so excited at being invited that I didn't really think about almost 2 weeks of cookies!

Hey Courtney-1 down!

Hey Peter-I wish!

Hi Megan-Isn't it the best???

Hey Kelly-I think I am to the point of just picking by ingredients on hand!!!

Hi Patsyk-Great idea. Turn the heat up though!

Hey Claire-I am so glad to be joining you!

Hi Ivy-11 more to go!

Hey Jerry-They did come out nice!

HeyPam-I miss you!!!Thanks and you have a great one too!!!

Hey Anne-You don't have the time!!!

Sandy Smith said...

These look so bright and sunny. I bet they're perfect with ice cream or sorbet. Nice job!

guipipia said...

Just discovered the blog, and already love it! This is an excelente recipe, I can already taste it in my mouth!

I'm gonna steal it and post it in my blog (propperly cited, of course). Can't wait to look at the rest! =D