Sometimes, when you’re feeling a little stressed and/or sluggish, a good tea cookie is what’s needed to put things right. Or gin… but tea and lady-like cookies are a far more socially acceptable and work-friendly solution.

I have a to-do list that is currently out of control, which might explain the constant state of headache I find myself in. And then there’s the want-to-do list. That one is getting longer than the first. I want to plan my gardens and order gobs of stuff from Vesseys. I want to felt some creatures. I want to make curtains, re-organize the craft room, and clean behind the stove. I want to paint the entire main-floor of the house. But I should finish the chores on the to-do list. And I should finish the pile of work sitting on my desk.

I’m having trouble finding a balance. So now I make lists. It’s quite time consuming.

lemon cookies

Back to the cookies. Last week when I should have been putting a dent in the aforementioned lists, I made cookies. I needed cookies because I needed tea. I needed tea because writing lists can be very exhausting.

I love lists.

lemon cookies

This cookie is akin to a shortbread. It’s light and melts in your mouth without being too crumbly. I must admit, when I tried these cookies straight out of the oven, I thought they lacked a lemon punch. But, as I’ve enjoyed them with tea this week, I have decided that they are just right. If you’re feeling feisty, you could change up the citrus and use orange or lime extract/rind and create a whole new citrusy treat.

Maybe you should make some. Put ’em on your to-do list…

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Lemon Cookies – adapted slightly from a Modern Baker recipe – download

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup icing (confectioners’) sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Preheat oven to 325° F.

Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Combine the butter and icing sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on low speed with the paddle until well mixed – you don’t want icing sugar all over your kitchen. Increase the speed to medium and continue beating until light – about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Your batter may look broken and curdled – don’t worry, it’s all going to come together.

Beat in the vanilla and lemon extracts and zest. Decrease the mixer speed to low and beat in the flour mixture. Remove the bowl from the mixer and bring the dough together with your spatula.

Arrange rounded teaspoons of the dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Space the cookies about 2 inches apart. Flour a fork and press a crisscross design into the top of each mound of dough. Bake the cookies until they spread and become golden, about 18 minutes. Let cool on a cookie rack before enjoying with tea.

Makes 40+ small cookies.

Note: you could replace the lemon zest and extract with orange or lime zests/extracts, and create a whole new citrus delight.



  1. Rufus' Food and Spirit Guide on March 17, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Those look really good. I love lemon and agree they’d be great with tea.

  2. P.Kitty on March 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Putting these on my ever-growing ‘to bake’ list…..xo

  3. Recipe Chefs on March 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

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  4. brambleoak on March 17, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    These sound delicious! I will have to make some of these soon. (in spite of my ever-growing to do list too.) Thanks for sharing!

    • movita on March 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

      They are totally worth breaking free from the chores!

  5. Rosie Beaucoup on March 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Aw, Sweetie, chose a color and make sure someone is home to open the door, and Rosie Beaucoup will paint the main floor while you do all those other things.

    • movita on March 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Maybe we should plan to do it together in the summer… with some Asian inspired lunch breaks!

  6. Jo Chan Smith on March 18, 2011 at 7:37 am

    These sounds perfectly lovely and I think it would go down really well with tea. I might just have to go get some lemons and bake me some of these!

    • movita on March 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

      Do it!

  7. movita beaucoup on May 11, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in March 2011. Happy baking!