Strawberry Lemonade Cookies

I feel as if strawberry lemonade is one of the staples of summer life. Not gonna lie here guys, I still love Kool-Aid Strawberry Lemonade, it’s just so good! When I saw a recipe for strawberry lemonade cookies, how could I resist? If you are wondering where I found this recipe, it was Pinterest, and then was directed to this delightful site. Let me just tell you, I made these for this past Saturday to give to my friend Kate who is moving. I posted some pictures on Twitter, and needless to say people were asking for them so I’ll be making them again for this weekends’ game night!

Strawberry Lemonade Cookies

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Ingredients:
1 package of lemon cake mix
1 package of strawberry cake mix
4 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil, per each batter
2 tsp pure lemon extract
2/3 cup confectioners’’ sugar

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2. Pour lemon cake mix in a large bowl and the strawberry cake mix into another bowl. Stir in 2 eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil and 1 tsp lemon extract into each of the separate flavored cake batters and mix until well blended.
3. Take 2 rounded teaspoons of lemon batter and roll into a ball. Do the same with the strawberry batter. Combine the lemon and strawberry dough’s to make one large ball.
4. Drop the dough into a bowl of confectioners’ sugar. Roll them around until they are lightly covered. Once sugared, put them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Bake for 10 minutes (honestly I only baked mine for 6 minutes…) in the preheated oven, until bottoms are light brown and the insides are chewy. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before serving. These are also great the next day too.

Do you have a favorite summertime cookie, you’d love to share? Post a link in the comments section if you do. Also I’m looking for some yummy Christmas cookie recipes, I know I know, it’s still July! Well I’m going to try and do the 12 days of cookies again this year, and I might as well plan what cookies I want to make now so I don’t get overwhelmed with the holidays and completely forget!

Love lemons? I sure do, here’s some other recipes with lemon:
Lemon Sugar Cookies
Zucchini in Parchment
Hummus

12 Days of Cookies! Day 3: Lemon Sugar Cookies

These cookies were the first cookie with citrus that I had ever made. I have mentioned before that my love of lemons is something new for me. I have made these numerous times over the last 6 months, but baking with citrus was a bit nerve racking for me at first. I had to really start with the basics the first time I made these, truly I didn’t even know how to zest a lemon! It had been by pure chance that I had picked out a lemon zester a couple of weeks prior to the first batch. Thankfully there is the internet to look things up when you are unsure of how to do something, I got onto YouTube and found this video in case you are wondering as well. The recipe calls for both baking soda and baking powder, the first time I made this I only had baking soda and it turned out fine. The second time I did what the original recipe calls for (1 tsp baking soda and ½ tsp baking powder) but the cookies came out super flat. Now I just make them with only baking soda, I may have done something wrong, not sure about that…

Recipe by Two Peas & Their Pod

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Lemon Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:
2 ¾ cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 large egg
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups sugar
zest of 2 lemons
½ cup sugar, to roll the cookies in

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Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a small bowl mix lemon zest, lemon juice, egg and vanilla extract. In a medium bowl mix all other ingredients except the ½ cup of sugar for rolling. Mix until combined and slowly add the lemon mixture.
3. Roll rounded tbsp of dough in the sugar and place on cookie sheet

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4. Bake 8-10 minutes (mine are normally cooked 6-8 minutes).

The Rest of the cookie days:
Day 1: Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Day 2: Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
Day 4: Birthday Cookies
Day 5: Candy Cane Cookies
Day 6: Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies
Day 7: Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Day 8: Creamsicle Cookies
Day 9: Classic Spritz Cookies
Day 10: Peppermint Chocolate Chip
Day 11: Gingerbread Cookies
Day 12: Peppermint Kiss Cookies

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Lemons are by far my favorite citrus fruit. I may have mentioned this before, but since moving farther south, from my original Chicagoland area, I have fallen in love with sweet tea and lemons. I had my first Arnold Palmer earlier this year and it was amazing! An Arnold Palmer for those who don’t know what it is it is half sweet tea half lemonade. I previously made cilantro and lime chicken in parchment paper and since I love lemons and that recipe came out great, I wanted to try that same concept but with lemons. Now depending on how thick the chicken is will depend on how long the cooking time will be. I layered the lemons, added some pepper and then the chicken and more pepper so that both sides could have pepper on them.

Lemon Pepper Chicken in Parchment

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Ingredients:
Per package
1 lemon, thinly sliced
Fresh ground salt and pepper to taste
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
Olive oil

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Thinly slice the lemon and place two rows of them in the middle of a piece of parchment paper, add pepper on top of the lemons, then your chicken breast, finally topped with salt and pepper to taste. I spray mine with some olive oil, and fold up the parchment paper
3. Place in the oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through.

Lemon Garlic Pasta

If you are a lemon fan like me then this quick and easy recipe is a must. Everything that I needed I already had at the house, which is always a plus. I did omit one of the ingredients from the original recipe from I Nom Things and that was the pine nuts, I didn’t have those, but will need to add those next time.

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Ingredients:
4 oz dry pasta
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic
1/2 lemon
5-6 basil leaves

Directions:
1. In a pan boil salted water and cook pasta al dente.
2. While pasta is cooking start the garlic oil. Pour the oil into a small pan and add the chopped garlic. Let it cook on low until garlic starts to brown, then immediately remove from heat.
3. In a large bowl mix the garlic oil, and squeeze the juice of the lemon into the bowl. Add the basil, when pasta is cooked drain and add pasta to the sauce, tossing to mix. Place grated Parmesan cheese on top and serve.

Lemon Garlic Pasta

If you are a lemon fan like me then this quick and easy recipe is a must. Everything that I needed I already had at the house, which is always a plus. I did omit one of the ingredients from the original recipe from I Nom Things and that was the pine nuts, I didn’t have those, but will need to add those next time.

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Ingredients:
4 oz dry pasta
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic
1/2 lemon
5-6 basil leaves

Directions:
1. In a pan boil salted water and cook pasta al dente.
2. While pasta is cooking start the garlic oil. Pour the oil into a small pan and add the chopped garlic. Let it cook on low until garlic starts to brown, then immediately remove from heat.
3. In a large bowl mix the garlic oil, and squeeze the juice of the lemon into the bowl. Add the basil, when pasta is cooked drain and add pasta to the sauce, tossing to mix. Place grated Parmesan cheese on top and serve.