Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A Cookie Lost but Now Found

When I was younger there were the wonderful cookies called lemon coolers. They were crispy Mexican wedding-type cookie except the powdered sugar was lemon flavored. That made these cookies SOOOO refreshing. All of a sudden, they disappeared and, now, you can't find them anywhere. I have tried to reproduce these cookies several times but couldn't seem to succeed. The powdered sugar wasn't lemon flavored, which made them refreshing. Even if the cookie was lemon flavored, it didn't have the same effect.

So, I went in search of a recipe. Eariler this year I found it! What was the trick to the powdered sugar...so simple...unsweetened lemonade Kool-Aid! How novel! Anyway, this weekend, with the summer weather upon us, I decided that a refreshing cookie was in line. When these cookies come out of the oven, they are a little soft but after cooling, crisp up nicely as long as you keep them separate from other foods which might soften them.

Lemon Coolers
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon water

Lemon Powdered Sugar
1 cup powdered sugarrounded
1/2 teaspoon unsweetened Kool-Aid lemonade drink mix

Preheat oven to 325°F. Cream together sugars, shortening, egg, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl. Add the flour and baking powder. Add 1 tablespoon of water and continue mixing until dough forms a ball. Roll dough into 3/4-inch balls and flatten slightly onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until cookies are light brown. As cookies bake combine 1 cup powdered sugar with the lemonade drink mix in a large plastic bag and shake thoroughly to mix. When the cookies are removed from the oven and while they are hot, add 4 or 5 at a time to the bag and shake it until the cookies are well coated. Repeat with the remaining cookies. (http://www.topsecretrecipes.com) Makes 50-56 cookies. (I only got 42 cookies, but some of mine were a little bigger than the others.

FYI: This year, the Girl Scouts sold a low fat version of these cookies! They were great! Next year I will definitely be buying these.

1 comment:

April said...

I am going to make these! Thanks for putting this little cookie in my head!