Vanilla Lemon Drop Cookies

Summer and lemonade go together perfectly. Here is a way to make that summer taste spill proof and portable in lunch boxes. A very, very simple cookie with a lot of lemon taste and no drips! Not a fancy, show stopper but goes great by the handful or along side a dish of vanilla ice cream after dinner. You have a front porch then that’s the way to have it while you watch the world go by in the cool of the evening.

Vanilla Lemonade Drop Cookies

½ cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon lemon extract
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line baking sheets with parchment

Cream together the butter, sugar, salt, lemon juice, zest, lemon extract, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Drop small spoonfuls of dough on the prepared cooking sheet leaving some space for spreading. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden around the edges. Cool on a rack and serve. Makes approximately 2 ½ to 3 dozen cookies.

Hint: Invest in a cookie scoop to insure equal measurement of the dough. They come in small to large sizes and will never leave your sight once you discover how fast the get your cookies into the oven and you out of the kitchen.

Reason why: When baking or making anything lemon that require fresh lemon juice, the addition of some lemon extract seems to mellow out the sharpness into an amazing flavor.

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