The girl's got it! My kids apparently inherited the cooking gene. Today my oldest asked me if she could make cookies, and I said yes. In fact, I decided to stand back and let her do it all by herself (short of zesting the lemon which I explained to her as I zipped off the fragrant, citrus oil filled yellow rind stopping just short of the bitter white pith - with my new Microplane grater - of course).
While I have not actively taught her to cook, she is always hanging out in the kitchen watching me, so I thought I'd let her show me what she's got.
She picked out her recipe from my Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook (a great book of basics and probably my first cookbook ever, purchased shortly after I married, with so many pages stuck together by a variety of samples - which is how I find my favorites), then laid out her ingredients and got to work. After a brief struggle with the bulky green KitchenAid mixer, she was off.
The result was probably one of the best lemon cookies I have ever tasted, and I consider myself a lemon connoisseur. As a lemon lover, I often buy this tart fruit just because I like the smell. There is nothing like a big bowl of plump, juicy lemons to both brighten up and freshen up a room. Given a choice between a chocolate and lemon sweet, I will most certainly choose the lemon.
What I liked best about her cooking endeavour and what leads me to believe she is a Good Cooker in the making is the fact that, after eating a few lemon cookies, she pondered making the same recipe but using limes or oranges or even a lemon-lime combination.
I guess I should let her loose in the kitchen more often. Who knows what she will come up with. Oh, and I think I'll go get some limes!
Try the recipe. It is quite yummy.
Lemon Tea Cookies
1t lemon zest
2t fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/3 c milk
1/2 c butter
1 3/4 c ap flour
3/4 c sugar
1t baking powder
1/4t baking soda
1/4 c sugar
2T fresh squeezed lemon juice
Stir 2t lemon juice into milk. Let stand 5 minutes. Beat butter on medium high for 30 sec. Add 1/2 flour, 3/4 c sugar, egg, baking powder, soda, zest and milk mixture. Beat until thoroughly combined. Beat in remaining flour.
Drop by rounded teaspoons 2" apart on parchment. Bake 350 for 10-12 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Cool cookies on wire rack. Stir together 1/4 c sugar and 2T lemon juice, brush on cookies. Eat and enjoy!