Holy lack of motivation. I have been really struggling to get back into the swing of things since the holidays. I went on a girls getaway this weekend and by the end of the trip I was feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to finally take on my task list. And then I got home and fell right back into the slump.
It was so nice to get away, even if it was only for a few days. We found a Groupon for an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, which is a relatively short flight from DC. It felt amazing to escape the cold. I stared at the water, read a few books and took a much needed mental break. Now that I’m home, I’m definitely dragging. But today is better than yesterday and it’s time to get back to business. No more slacking.
If you’ve never used Meyer lemons, they’re slightly smaller than regular lemons with a hint of orange in their flavor profile. If you can’t locate them, regular lemons may be substituted in this recipe.
- for the cookies
- 3 cups (15 ounces) all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons Meyer lemon zest
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 6 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- ? cup heavy or light cream
- 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- for the glaze:
- ¾ cups confectioners sugar
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice (approximately 3-4 lemons)
- Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, zest, baking soda and salt. In a liquid measuring cup, stir together the cream, lemon juice and vanilla.
- In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on medium high speed for several minutes until light and fluffy.
- Turn the speed down to low and add the eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to fully incorporate into the batter. Scrape down the side of the bowl.
- With the mixer running on medium low, alternate between adding the flour and cream mixture (which will have slightly curdled from the lemon juice) until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Use a spatula to scrape down to the bottom of the bowl one last time and give the batter a final stir.
- Use a 1-inch cookie scoop to potion the dough onto the parchment (note: these cookies spread while baking so leave room between each cookie. Bake in batches if you have smaller baking sheets). Allow the cookies to chill in the refrigerator for 25 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the glaze ingredients and set aside.
- Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes, or until the edges are just starting to brown. Allow to cool for several minutes and then brush with the glaze.
Regular lemons may be substituted.