Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lemon Cakeys!

This past weekend my husband and I started 4 batches of our limoncello to give as Christmas gifts. Since we only need the zest of the lemon for the limoncello, I now have a 1/2 gallon of lemon juice. I've been looking for some new recipes that will help me use it all up! In my searching, I kept finding lemon cookie recipes that used lemon cake mix, egg and cool whip. I was pretty curious. They all had positive reviews. Many had stories about grandmas making them for them as kids. I had to try them! Most were pretty similar, so I combined a few recipes and added some fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and ground clove. They turned out really nice. My boys decided they were kind of like cake, and kind of like cookies, so they called them "cakeys"!

The Recipe: Makes about 3 dozen
1 lemon cake mix
8 oz. whipped topping thawed
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves ( I think I will add more next time)
the zest of one lemon
1/4 cup lemon juice
powdered sugar to roll cookies in
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
Zest the lemon. In mixing bowl combine zest, whipped topping and eggs. Next add cloves, lemon juice and cake mix. Stir well.

Let the dough rest. I found that my second batch was much easier to roll than the first batch after it had sat for about 15 minutes. Using a spoon, scoop balls of dough (about 1 tablespoon) and drop in bowl of powdered sugar. Roll around the sugar using a fork. Place on cookie the "sheet. Bake for 10-12 min, just until the bottoms start to turn golden brown.

Let the "cakeys" cool on their cookie sheet for a few minutes. Then enjoy! They are delicious with a mug of tea!

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  1. interesting! i also make limoncello a lot (i live in an area of italy with a LOT of lemons) and usually make lemon-ginger or lemon-orange marmallade with the fruit (you can see the recipes here and here), but we're completely submerged in marmallades and jellies at this point! i'd love to make some cookies like this, but we don't have cool whip in italy. did you by any chance see any recipes without it? thanks for sharing! :) lisa

  2. Thanks for sharing, your recipes look amazing! I'm so jealous that you have access to all those free lemons:) I spent a fortune on lemons this weekend! I was thinking that you might be able to substitute sour cream or whipped cream in the recipe. They might actually be better, a little less sweet (these are really sweet).

    1. good idea! we don't have sour cream here, either, but i usually sub in greek yogurt for that, or whipped cream is do-able, too. thanks! :) lisa

    2. If you try making them, let us know how they turn out!