Spring is just around the corner, and lately we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a few gorgeous, Spring days a little early. Which, naturally means I’m dying to get in my kitchen and whip up something with fresh, bright, lemony flavors. A couple of weeks ago, the weather was absolutely gorgeous- warm, sunny and breezy- so Joel and I decided to go on a picnic. He made us some sandwiches, and I whipped up some pasta salad and these tart, crunchy lemon cookies. They turned out to be the perfect picnic treat! We sat and munched on our cookies and soaked up the sun while Izzy chased a tennis ball around – it was an absolutely beautiful afternoon.

My two cuties!

We really must go on more picnics!

Lemon Snowball Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
confectioners’ sugar

In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and egg until well blended. Add lemon juice, peel and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; stir into creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned (cookies will not brown on top).

Transfer immediately to wire racks and cool for 5 minutes, then roll in confectioners’ sugar.

Recipe source: allrecipes.com

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  1. These look like spring to me! Looks perfect with a cool glass of lemonade.

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    Comment by Hezzi-D — March 14, 2011 @ 5:30 AM

  2. These sound so amazing!! I can’t wait to try them :)

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    Comment by mrs.mfc — March 14, 2011 @ 9:16 AM

  3. Lemon reminds me of summer too! These look delicious, I cannot wait to try them!

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    Comment by Briana — March 14, 2011 @ 10:31 AM

  4. I am so jealous that you’re sitting outside in shorts and a t-shirt in March :) The cookies sound delicious, and perfect for your picnic!

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    amy Reply:

    Tee hee, sorry Tracey! ;) However, I’ll be the one jealous of you when it’s September and still 100+ degrees here!

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    Comment by Tracey — March 14, 2011 @ 10:55 PM

  5. Hooray for warmer weather! Hooray for lemon cookies!

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    Comment by Kimby — March 15, 2011 @ 7:10 AM

  6. Lemon really is a giant reminder of spring. I try to make things with nice fruity flavors to get me out of any cold weather funk! I just made lemon chicken yesterday, to die for!

    I think I might have to add these to my list! They look fab. Very tasty and crumbly, just the way a cookie should be!

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    amy Reply:

    Thank you! They definitely are crumbly- I love the texture!

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    Comment by Kim — March 15, 2011 @ 7:13 AM

  7. Those look really great! And I really wish I could wear shorts in March :(

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    Comment by Amanda L. (Tales from a Kitchen Misfit) — March 16, 2011 @ 7:17 PM

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  9. Hello Amy! OK I think I just died and went to heaven. This recipe looks so good, lemon cookies are my favorite. Really happy I found your blog!

    I was wondering, have you ever blog hopped before? We’d love it if you contributed this awesome lemon cookie one to our blog hop on favorite spring-time recipes. It’s a great way to get links back to your site. Hope to see you there!

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    Comment by Sarah — March 17, 2011 @ 11:19 AM

  10. These look fantastic! I love lemony treats and these sure look good.

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    Comment by Sprinzette @ Ginger and Almonds — March 17, 2011 @ 12:46 PM

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