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I live in Florida and have a lemon tree and orange tree. Both are filled with fruit. The oranges we squeeze for juice, but I have so many lemons I'm trying to find good receipes using lemon zest and juice.


I'd like to find some cookies using real juice (not extract) or cakes, pies or anything lemon.


Have family flying down for Christmas and would like to incorporate lemon in recipes.


Would appreciate any help!


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Re: Favorite lemon recipes

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@Ceci  How I envy you all that fresh citrus.

You can add lemon juice and zest to many recipes.  I often do with pound cakes, bundt cakes in addition to vanilla, icings and glazes.  I also  add lemon juice and some zest to this cookie recipe in addition to the extract.

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 tsp lemon extract (can use any flavor)
1 egg
2 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cups sour cream
cream sugar, butter and shortening
add extract
mix in dry ingredients alternating with sour cream
roll at least 1/4" thick and cut in desired shapes
bake 375 7-10 minutes
glaze with a powder sugar/milk glaze - can flavor with extract flavor you use
I always use fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste
I usually use snowflake cookie cutters in varying sizes and sprinkle wet glaze with flaked sparkle sugar
This does not make many larger cookies

I also make a really good lemon cream cheese spritz cookie using fresh lemon zest and glaze.  Do a search online and there are many.

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@Ceci   Here is a good cookie recipe that uses real lemons.


                                           Lemon Slices

       Good Housekeeping The Great Christmas Cookie Swap

                              Cookbook, 2009 Page 103

                                Makes about 96 cookies


4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 Tsp baking powder

1/2 Tsp salt

4 to 6 large lemons

1 and 1/2 cups butter or margarine (3 sticks) softened--I use unsalted butter--

1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 Tsp. vanilla extract


1.  In large bowl whisk flour, baking powder and salt until well blended.  From lemons, grate 2 Tbsp zest and squeeze 1/4 cup juice.


2.  In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat butter, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and confectioners sugar until creamy.  Beat in lemon zest, juice, and vanilla until blended.  Reduce speed to low and beat in flour mixture just until combined.


3.  Divide dough into 4 equal pieces.  Shape each one into a log 6 inches long.  Wrap each one in waxed paper and refrigerate overnight.  (If using margarine freeze overnight.)


4.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cut 1 log into scant 1/4-inch-thick slices, keeping remaining logs refrigerated.  Place slices 1 and 1/2 inches apart on two ungreased cookie sheets.  Sprinkle slices lightly with some of the remaining granulated sugar.


5.  Bake until edges are lightly browned, 12 minutes.  Cool on cookie sheets set on wire racks for 2 minutes.  With a wide metal spatula transfer cookies from sheets to wire racks to finish cooling.


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Ceci.....lucky you to have all that fresh fruit!  Here are a few of my favorite lemon recipes.....


Easy LEMON Cream Pie


1 can sweetened condensed milk

2 eggs



1 9" graham cracker crust

8 ozs. nondairy whipped topping (Cool Whip)


Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix condensed milk, eggs, lemon juice and zest until well combined.  Pour into graham cracker crust and bake 15 minutes.  Allow to cool completely.  Top with whipped topping and chill 4 hours before serving.


LEMON Basil Pasta Salad


9 oz. rotini pasta

3 large carrots, sliced

1 cup broccoli florets

1 cup cauliflower florets

1/2 cup green peppers, chopped

1/2 cup red onion, sliced

1 cup LEMON basil vinaigrette (below)


Cook pasta, drain and rinse in cold water.  Add cut vegetables and vinaigrette.  Mix together lightly.  ( vegetables needed at store salad bar....if desired.)


LEMON Basil Vinaigrette


1 cup salad oil

2 tablespoons water

1/2 cup white vinegar


1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup fresh basil (can substitute 2T dill)

2 tablespoons chopped onion


Mix together well. (Pour a little at a time on salad....may not need full cup.)


LEMON Pepper Chicken


4 chicken breasts, skinless 

Lemon-Pepper Seasoning




Place chicken in a baking dish greased or sprayed with cooking spray.  Sprinkle lightly with lemon-pepper seasoning.  Cut LEMON into 8 slices.  Place two slices on each chicken breast.  Sprinkle with parsley.  Bake at 350 (325 if using glass dish) for 45-60 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and tender.



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If you wouldn't mind, would you share your spritz recipe?


lemon cream cheese spritz cookie using fresh lemon zest and glaze. 


I googled it and it was mind boggling what came up. 


I just got a new cookie press and I would love to have a tried and true recipe that uses lemon!

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I have made Ina Garten's recipe for Lemon Bars many times. They are fabulous!

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I love lemon & will eat just about anything lemon. I don't make anything lemon because DH won't eat it??? Weird???

I used to eat lemons with salt on them when I was a kid in Hawaii. Lemons were .01¢ each.

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I would squeeze the juice out of the lemons and freeze it.  Make lemonade in the summer.


My favorite pie is the lemon pie recipe found on the box of Kingsford corn starch.  I don't do the meringue.  We put whipped cream on top.  It's the bomb.  You could probably google it also.


Make some lemon curd to spread on toast.  I'm thinking of lemon curd cookies this week.  You cut puff pastry sheets into 2 inch rounds and bake them in a small muffin tin.  Then fill with lemon curd and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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@RespectLife wrote:



If you wouldn't mind, would you share your spritz recipe?


lemon cream cheese spritz cookie using fresh lemon zest and glaze. 


I googled it and it was mind boggling what came up. 


I just got a new cookie press and I would love to have a tried and true recipe that uses lemon!

@RespectLife@RespectLifeAlways happy to share a great cookie recipe.

Lemon Cream Cheese Spritz 

1 cup butter (no substitutes)

1 3 oz package softened cream cheese (have never found a 3 oz pakage of cr cheese so just used 3/4 of a 4 0z package)

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups flour

2 tsp finely shredded lemon peel

I also add a few squeezes of lemon

beat butter and cream cheese on medium to high for 30 seconds.  Add sugar and beat in flour combined with lemon peel until combined.  

Pack into cookie press - recipe calls for ribbon plate but I usually use a snowflake plate for a small cute cookie)

Bake 375 for 6-8 minutes until edges are firm but not brown.

I then make a lemon glaze with powder sugar and  lemon juice with a little milk if needed.

If you make them - Enjoy!!