Cookie Friday: Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Yay Spring! Sunny & 75! And doesn’t lemon just seem like a lovely, springy flavor? Yeah, I said lovely.

½ cups Butter, Softened
1 cup Granulated Sugar
½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 whole Egg
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
¼ teaspoons Salt
¼ teaspoons Baking Powder
⅛ teaspoons Baking Soda
1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
½ cups Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light-colored baking sheets with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Recipe via Lauren’s Lastest.

My notes: Roll on that powdered sugar!! Mine were definitely lacking in the crinkle department since I accidentally skimped. And bake them a tad longer than you might think. It’s a lot harder to tell when they’re done with such a light-colored cookie. Mine probably needed another 90 seconds or so. But they’re awesomely chewy!

Boyd wants cookies to be done!!!!

Boyd will even pretend to love me for cookies. I’m not falling for it!

Want to know something cool?

Kevin’s family and my family both had traditions growing up regarding celebrating spring!!!!

And the both included one very important factor:

Dairy Queen!!! The one in the picture above is actually in Winona where Kevin grew up, but I’m thinking it’s probably not the one he grew up with. It’s a little too “modern.” He is almost 31, you know!

My family would get to go when we spotted the first robin of the season. His would go when it hit 70 degrees. We were vigorously debating last night when we should go this year. Chances are (with my vision) I’ll never see a robin all summer! Haha.

I took Boyd out for a little promenade in the park after I got off work this afternoon. And look what we found?! His dunce’s cap. Hehe. I really wanted to put it on his head, but I was afraid some of the workers might object. Haha.

Hey, check out my new DIY WOD tab on top! I know you’re going to want to see my sweaty photo collage! I’m going to do a little log of our CrossFit/kettlebell/TRX style workouts. We’ll typically be doing them on MWF. I’ve also listed some sites I’ve found helpful, and plan to continue adding to that.

Did your family have any spring traditions? Cleaning doesn’t count!

What would you order at DQ? Cherry-dipped cone!!

Oodles of Strudels!

Today my mom & baby sisters came over to make strudel! I love the strudel making process because it’s always a whole day with a kitchen full of females! It’s a time for chatting and bonding. And today was no exception. Pictured above is a “vintage” magazine clipping that my mom found for Grandma Mary Kay while she was in college! I thought it was so cute that I had to share!

The egg in the well!

Stretching it out. Hannah and I were to prissy to do this part, but Mom and AJ weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty!

The strudel dome!

Flouring the tablecloth is fun times!

The person who ACTUALLY did all the work. ;)

What is that NERDLE doing off in the corner!?!?

Stretching out the dough. It felt so cool!

Apple strudel! I knew my husband would go BANANAS for this because he loves apple crisp!

This step was probably my favorite. Rolling it towards the center of the table.

The rolls are ready to go in the pan!

Finished products!

We also made a cabbage version and a peaches + blueberries variation! If you’re interested in trying it for yourself, click “more” to see the recipe + a pumpkin variation!