It’s been very sunny and warm in Rhode Island. Summer is definitely here to stay! On those really warm days I’m thrilled that I have central air and can sit in the house if I want to and not sweat my toosh off. But the kid in me would love to turn the central air in and get a swimming pool. Crazy I know. However at nighttime would be a biatch without the AC. As you can tell I don’t have the next Michael Phelps living in my house but if my son could start swimming away who knows anything is possible.
This week it’s all about lemons.
Lemons are sunshine and summer.
Lemons are tangy and tart.
Lemons are fragrant and vibrant.
One of my favorite frozen summer drinks is Del’s lemonade. Del’s lemonade is absolutely a must on a HOT summer day. I know I’ve talked about it before in another summer post. It’s like a slushy or an Italian ice drink but so much better. It’s made of lemons, water, corn syrup, lots of sugar and ice. I buy it by the quarts and keep it in the freezer when I get on my Del’s lemonade kicks. You can buy the mix in most grocery stores, I’ve yet to try it. If you do make it, let me know how it tastes. You can even adult it up some and add some citron or plain vodka.
The lemon rounds are a sugar cookie, shaped into a log, rolled into yellow sanding sugar, sliced and baked. The recipe was adapted from the Cookie Craft cookbook.
makes about 4 dozen
3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter; softened
2 tsp pure lemon extract
1-2 lemons zested; I used 1.5 lemons
yellow sanding sugar
In a medium size bowl mix flour and salt. Set aside.
Cream butter, sugar and lemon zest for 3 minutes.
Scrape the sides and add the egg and lemon extract. Mix until egg is incorporated.
Add half of the flour mixture into the bowl and mix. Add the rest of the flour mixture until mix forms a bowl.
Divide dough into two halves and place each on waxed paper.
Squeeze and roll dough into a log. The dough will keep it’s shape while chilling when you slide it into a paper towel tube. This is a Martha Stewart’s tip. It did help when I held the log in one hand and twisting the paper towel roll.
Place in the fridge until it’s chilled. I kept mine in there for about two hours.
Preheat oven to 350.
Take out log, unwrap the wax paper and pour sanding sugar onto the wax paper.
Roll and press the dough log into the sanding sugar covering all sides of the dough except for the ends.
Slice and place rounds onto parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 4-5 minutes and rotate pan.
Bake for another 4-5 minutes.