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Lemon Cloud Tea Cookies

May 27, 2009

Lemon Cloud Tea Cookies

I think we should all sit down and have tea and cookies today.  Tea and cookies and a little chat and laughter in the late afternoon sun.  What do you think?  Are you in?

In the past few days, my inbox has filled with emails from people with big, arms-up-in-the-air, life questions.  If you’ll allow me to paraphrase, they go something like this:

Dear Joy,

This might sound totally weird and crazy, but I think I’m going to get laid off from my job soon, and I’ve always wanted to be a baker and I was wondering if you could tell me… what the heck to do next.

Sincerely yours,

Ok… first things first… let’s hug it out.  That will help.  Next, you should know, as I’m sure you already do, that I don’t have all the answers.  Not even close.  I am a firm believer in the idea that if you go after what you love, in a balls-out, take-no-prisoners kind of way, you succeed.  Succeed?  Heck yes!  Because you’ll be ultra happy that you’re, in the very least, doing something you love.

So!  If you want to be a baker… do it!  Bake every day!  Bake and bring cookies into the office job that might not be your favorite place in the world.  Bake and try to sell to the coffee shop down the street.  Bake and give it to the local homeless shelter.  Bake and blog about it.  Read books about baking.  Talk to bakers about baking.  Take a cheap cooking class at the community college.  Ask to apprentice one (very early) morning at a local bakery.  Dive in.  It’s what I did, and if I can scratch out a living in the kitchen every month, I think you can too.  On the real.

This concludes today’s installment of My Two Cents.

Now… how about cookies?

Lemon Cloud Tea Cookies

These Lemon Cloud cookies just about melt in your mouth.  They’re simple and delicate with a slight bite and romantic texture.  You can either flavor them with lemon or orange.  I think they’re just heavenly served with a warm cup of tea.

Lemon Cloud Tea Cookies

The Modern Baker

Print this recipe!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup cornstarch

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon lemon or orange extract

1 teaspoons finely grated lemon or orange zest

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

Combine the butter and confectioners’ sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Beat on low speed with the paddle until well mixed.  Increase the speed to medium and continue beating until light, about 2 minutes.

Beat in the eggs one at a time.  Batter may look broken and curdled.  Beat in the extracts and zest.

Decrease the speed to low and beat in the flour.  Remove the bowl from the mixer and give the dough a few good turns with your spatula to bring it all together.

Arrange rounded teaspoons of the dough on a pan lined with parchment paper.  Space the balls about 2-inches apart.  After all the cookies have been placed on the pan, flour a fork and press a crisscross design into the top of each mound of dough.  Bake the cookies until they spread and become golden, about 20 minutes.  Slide the parchment paper off the pan to cool completely.

Makes 48 tiny cookies.

Keep the cookies between sheets of wax paper in a plastic container with a tight lid.

80 Comments Add A Comment

  • LOL. I guess I’m not the only one :)

    I love lemon cookies. A bit of sweet and sour, combined in the right way make for the most delicious of things. Kind of like life, I suppose!

  • These look like they would be perfect with my daily cup of green tea! Thanks for another fantastic inspiration Joy!

  • Holy shmoley, you took the words right out of my mouth! Er, the “balls out, take no prisoners” words ;) That’s exactly how I’m trying to live my life (check out my blog for more details) and the next time some doubting naysayer questions my plans, then I shall use your words in response! And yummy-looking cookies, by the way.

  • Agreed, these look so tasty but I have a question. Where did you get those measuring cups? They are just the cutest thing!

  • These look delicious, and I love how tiny they are. Just out of curiosity, why do you use lemon extract instead of lemon juice?

  • Oooh I want to make these now. I have another lemon cookie recipe that requires refrideration overnight – and I just don’t have the patience for that!

  • That’s such great advice, and can be used for many things in life beyond baking! And those cookies, they do look heavenly, but I may have to save making them for a day when the sun actually does come out.

  • what a great post! love your two cents, and please keep them coming. in a nutshell, that was awesome advice for anyone who is thinking of being a baker, like me – just dive in! if you love it, you’ll stick. plus, yes those measuring cups are too adorable, but they look doubly adorable because no one can photograph them like you can!

  • You just made me happy! Bake Every Day! I love that. I love to bake and share and will definitely not be so shy about it. xoxo!

  • These look perfect for a lazy afternoon in :) And while I’m at it, I just wanted to say how much I adore those lil measuring cups/bowls!

  • Those look yummy! My mom loves anything citrus, I can’t wait to bake these for her when I get home for summer.

  • Hey Joy, quick question – when you say keep them between pieces of wax paper do you mean like parchment paper or baking paper? Not sure what wax paper is called over here in Ireland as I haven’t ever seen it :)

  • Oooohh these look delicious. The ‘cloud’ in the title makes me want to eat this noww..

  • I love this, love you attitude, love your cookies. Oh, and your adorable cup measures.

  • Today is the perfect day for a cup of tea and Joy’s wonderful lemon cookies.

    The rainy season has officially started in Tokyo. It is warm, but it has been sprinkling all day. On my way home from the gym, I spotted some hydrangeas. Nothing says summer in Japan like warm rainy days and the appearance of my favorite flowers. All that is needed is some cloudy lemon tea cookies and a nice cup of tea.

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