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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Easy Lemon Drop Cookies

As most of you already know, I absolutely love using lemons when I cook and I love to eat anything that has a lemon flavor!  I also try to cook every night and make everything homemade! However, like many people, I am often in a rush and need to whip something up quickly.  Therefore, these semi-homemade lemon drop cookies are perfect for when you are in a rush and just want a quick and simple dessert!

Made using a lemon cake mix, these cookies always come out perfectly moist and fluffy.  I especially love making these cookies in the spring and summer months because of their lightness and fresh flavor!

Lemon Drop Cookies
-1 box Duncan Heinz lemon cake mix
-1/2 cup flour
-3/4 cup vegetable oil
-2 eggs
-Confectioner's sugar for sprinkling 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a baking sheet with butter and flour or parchment paper.  If you have airbake pans then you do not need to do anything.  

Mix the cake mix, flour, oil, and eggs all together in a bowl.  Once the ingredients are combined, use a cookie scoop or a spoon to form a ball of dough into about the size of a teaspoon.  Place the ball onto your prepared baking sheet and continue with the rest of the dough. 

Once all of the balls of dough are placed onto the cookie sheet, place the sheet into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes (or until the edges just start to brown). 

Remove from the oven when done and place on a cooling rack.  Using a sifter, sift a little confectioner's sugar over the tops of the cookies and serve.  Enjoy! 

Now, on another note, I know it has been awhile since I have posted anything.  It has been quite hectic lately, but I just found out that I was accepted into a Master's program and will be getting my tuition paid for in full!!! I am so excited!!! I will be getting more busy so my posts may be limited, but I will try to post as often as possible.  

I also want to send out a huge thank you to Elise at Elise's Kkitchen for awarding me with several awards! I know it has taken me some time to get back to her, but I am honored that she thought of me when passing along these awards.  Elise has an amazing blog with beautiful photos and recipes, so be sure to check it out!

Now, not only will I be passing these awards along, but I also have to share 7 fun facts about myself.  I know I have shared some before in the past, so it is going to be a little more difficult this time around, but here it goes...

1.) I skipped out on work to watch the Royal Wedding! 
2.) I am going to be attempting the Dukan Diet within the next few weeks and am stressing about what I will be eating... 
3.) I got scissors stuck in my braces when I was 13.  Quite embarrassing. 
4.) I would love to own or work for a winery... mainly so I can sample :)
5.) I think I'm becoming a "yogi"
6.) I cry whenever I see the fancy feast commercial with the cute, fluffy, white cat in it and the guy proposes... if you haven't seen it, it's adorable! 
7.) I've recently become addicted to HGTV

The people that I am going to pass these awards onto are a mix of blogs that I have been following and blogs that I have recently discovered and enjoy!

Thanks again Elise!

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  1. Oh, you are too sweet! Thank you SO much for this delightful award! I am a yogi, too...so fun getting to know you a little better :). Now on to your yummy cookies...we all need these delicious shortcuts. Lemon ccokies are perfect for these warm months. These are so pretty, too!

  2. Congrats on the master's program!! And, as someone nearing the end of a grad degree, I can say paid-for is SO the way to go. Amazing! Thanks so much for the award, and for including me in this delicious cookie post. I love your shortcut idea - bet these would make delicious, fast whoopie pies, too...

  3. FANTASTIC NEWS! A plate full of delicious lemon cookies for everybody! Congrats on the master's program. Well done and thanks for the recognition :)

  4. Congratulations on the awards and thanks for passing on the honours. Also, it is really nice to learn a bit more about you and to get some hot tips for blogs you enjoy. I regularly read half the blogs on your list and looking forward to checking out the others you recommend.

  5. p.s. Great idea to turn boxed mix into these gorgeous lemon cookies.

  6. I looooove recipes that use mixes! So quick and easy!

  7. Congratulations on all the awards... all well deserved!! And thank you sooooo much for passing them onto me...I am so grateful and flattered! xoxo

  8. Congrats Elyse and thank you so much for passing these awards on to me! I am really honored! <3
    The cookies look divine... I would love to sink my teeth in them!!!

  9. Beautiful lemon drop cookies! I love citrus in sweets and this is such a perfect one for me. I'd love to have it with my tea now... Congratulations on well deserved awards, Elyse! And thank you so much for passing them to me. I'm very honored. :-)

  10. Nice! I like fluffy cookies too. These lemon cookies are perfect for summer. The citrus flavor makes it lighter. :) Thanks for sharing!

  11. Congratulations on the Top 9 and the awards. I just love lemon in my baked goods so I'll have to try these soon.

  12. Congrats on Top 9! I was so happy seeing your picture there!

  13. I was just thinking, wow. Great idea with the cake mix for times when speedy gonzales is needed in the kitchen. Then was reading your award. Congrats! I love your blog and recipes, Elyse. Also fun to read your personal points. Then I see you've been so amazing and passed them on to me, too. Thank you so much! Oh, and double whammy bravo on the Masters. What you studying?
    Clever cookie you are!

  14. Thanks everyone - I wasn't on a computer yesterday and noticed I missed being in the top 9!

    Jill - I'll be studying higher education (hopefully with a focus in history). I actually get to meet my advisor today!

  15. I only got to see the royal wedding highlights, but I enjoyed every second I saw! I did watch Diana's when that one happened, though!
    Thank you so much for passing the award on to us! You've made my day! (sorry for taking so long to respond... It's been one of those weeks!!!)

  16. Great recipe Elyse! I love lemons...they are my secret ingredient to so many things. Really one of god's little miracles. Congrats on your well-deserved awards and thanks so much for giving me a shout out on your blog! Love that you are enjoying my blog...I was sooo HONORED that you passed the award on to me. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

  17. Elyse, I have an award waiting for you... you can find it here: http://www.manusmenu.com/macarons-with-white-chocolate-and-mint-ganache
    Have a great day!

  18. Congrats on the Master's Program, that's awesome! Your cookies look so pretty and thank you for the award :)

  19. Congrats on all of the great happenings! The cookies sounds like the perfect summer dessert. I love lemon flavored desserts, so refreshing. Thanks for participating in this month's YBR :)

  20. Congratulations on the awards! They are well deserved. I'm like you - I love lemon and find it's a real flavor booster without adding fat and calories! I love that you skipped work for the Royal wedding - I am retired, but I would have done the same!

  21. Congrats on the awards! Love that these cookies are made with cake mix- we all need short cuts once in a while. They sound delish! Good luck on the Dukan diet-I am so interested in it too!