Monday, May 1, 2017

Gluten Free Lemon Cookies and Hansel and Gretel

 Gluten-free Very-lemony Cookies

There's something that comes over me in the springtime, kinda like a cold front comes in with the weather. It's a craving for all things lemon. I've posted recipes for lemon pie, lemon pound cake, lemon cupcakes, etc. in the past, but this pale little gluten-free lemon cookie is just what I wanted (or actually, multiples thereof, because they're small).

Again, as in a recent gluten-free recipe, I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free One-to-One flour mix. For any of you who would like a tender but not soft lemon cookie, try out this recipe. I love them, and keep them in the freezer between cravings. There is a reason for this.

The original recipe came from  I had looked at other recipes, but this one just looked better. And I wanted to use my gluten-free flour mix.

In my opinion, there's no point in making a single batch, so what you see is the doubled recipe, and I added more lemon zest than called for, and didn't bother to put the glaze on the cookies. Who needs it?

Gluten-free Very Lemony Cookies Recipe:

2 1/2 c. Bob's Red Mill Gluten-free One to One flour mix
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 c. butter (yes, TWO WHOLE STICKS, in case you wonder why these are delicious!)
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. packed with lemon zest (I mean packed!)
1/4-1/3 c. fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375
Line jellyroll pans with parchment paper or silicone mats.

In a flexible bowl (I use a plastic ice cream bucket), combine flour, baking powder, salt, and whisk to combine. Set aside.

In bowl of stand mixer, combine butter and powdered sugar. Beat on medium until creamy and smooth. In a small bowl, mix together lemon zest and granulated sugar. Add to the butter mixture. Blend until smooth. Add the lemon juice and beat until well combined.

With the mixer running on low, gradually pour the dry ingredient mixture into the mixing bowl until all is combined. Chill the dough 30 minutes or overnight.

Roll dough into little balls. Mine were somewhere between a shooter marble and a ping pong ball. If you don't know what either of these is, you probably aren't making this recipe anyway.

Place balls on baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, I had to flatten them with an upside down coffee mug, because they didn't flatten out on their own. Then I baked them another 3 minutes and let them cool on the jelly roll pans before removing.

My personal preference is to eat them right from the freezer. Cold and delicious!

Favorite kitchen appliance, 
my blood red KitchenAid mixer.
It's actually a deeper red than this photo shows.

Plate given to us by a foreign-exchange student

I have to tell you a story about this plate. For several summers, we hosted foreign exchange students from Mexico. One young boy (11 or 12 years old.) brought this plate as a hostess gift. Later in the summer, his parents and siblings came to visit. When one of the other children saw our son and daughter (we just had two at the time), ages 12 and 9, he said, 'Look, Mama, they look just like Hansel and Gretel!'  We thought that was so funny and cute. :-)

 Hansel and Gretel
in their early years

Hansel and Gretel
a bit older

Let me know if you like those lemon cookies!
(Take at least two. They're small.)


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Tanna said...

Lemon is one of my favorite flavors! Thank you! I loved seeing the "Hansel and Gretel" photos!! Such beautiful children. Loved beyond measure I know. ;) blessings ~ tanna

Katie Clooney said...

I love your Hansel and Gretel story, Judy. Those cookies look yummy Have a great week.

Arlene Grimm said...

What a cute story...your Hansel and Gretel look pretty good...glad the witch did not eat them.:) And that plate...I love all kinds of pottery and china and that one is so pretty!!

Susie said...

Judy, Your children are so cute and still are. :) I love lemon flavor also. My daughter does gluten free...she would love these. Hope you are beginning to have some real spring weather. We certainly have had enough rain. My heart breaks for all who lost homes this past week. ..due to flooding and tornadoes. Keeping all in my prayers. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

Lady Fi said...

Those lemony biscuits look yummy!

Sandra said...

I love love love the Hansel and Gretel story and the grown up H and G.. also love anything with lemon flavor. the plate is beautiful ...

Karen S. said...

Their story is sweet and so are their photos, he's become quite the happy smile in his grown up picture! The cookies look delicious too!

ellen b. said...

Haha! Love that Hansel and Gretel story and the before and after shot of them!

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

The cookies sound delicious, Judy. I am always looking for a good gluten free cookie recipe. xo Laura

Terri D said...

I wish I liked lemon things but I don't. Joe loves anything lemon so I do purchase lemony things for him now and then. The cookies do look yummy and I know Joe would love them!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Love the Hansel and Gretel story :) They really do look like them - beautiful then and beautiful now. The lemon cookies look wonderful. I love all things lemon :) Thanks for the recipe! xx Karen

Empty Nester said...

The plate is beautiful and the story is so cute. My KitchenAid is red, too! I love that thing. It's one of the things I have that no one else is allowed to touch. Ever. LOL I would love to try those cookies when I am no longer exhausted from chasing that little stinker granddaughter of mine around. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Judy, I love lemon desserts too. Thank you for this recipe. That is a cute story re Hansel and Gretel! I love your mixer and the gorgeous plate.
One blog friend posted a photo of blueberry blooms last week. It reminded me of picking blueberries years ago and making lemon blueberry muffins!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Hansel and Gretel grew into happy adults, Judy. I'm sure the fair-haired kids are not seen too often in Mexico. I must give your lemon cookies a try, but I'd probably eat more than two! I love your red Kitchen-Aid. Mine is just like it, but white. If I were to choose one today it would be red! Have a nice evening. ♥

Deborah Montgomery said...

Cute pictures of Hansel and Gretel. Need to make them some gingerbread ;) And yes, I love, love lemon in the spring, too, and always want a lemon pie for Easter. The lemon cookies look delicious. xo Deborah

Lynne said...

Cookies sound good, I will give them a try . . .
Mister Irish especially enjoys lemon!
Love the Hansel and Gretel story . . .
Great to see the "then and now pics."

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Half my family must eat gluten free so I'm always looking for a good GF recipe, Judy. My grandsons like lemon so I'm going to bake them for them. Thanks!

Loved the Hansel and Gretel story!

Missy George said...

Beautiful plate..Cookies look yummy..Cute story about Hansel and Gretel..Cute kids

Rose said...

When I was a kid, there was a recipe for cookies that were light and melt in your mouth...they were a bit lemony...just rolled them in a ball and baked them.....

love the the Hansel and Gretel comment.

Cindy said...

Those cookies look delicious! And your kids really did look like Hansel and Gretel!

Creations By Cindy said...

Judy, love the pictures and thanks for the recipe. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thanks for the cookie recipe. I love your mixer and that plate is beautiful!

Debbie Huffaker said...

Our daughter cooks and bakes gluten-free for her family... I sent her your recipe! I'm hoping she shares with her Momma! 💜


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