Remember Sunshine Lemon Coolers? I used to love those cookies! Tiny little melt-in-your-mouth lemony cookies covered in lemony powdered sugar. Pure summertime! Keebler bought out Sunshine and no longer makes these little gems, but I happened to come across this "copycat" recipe on the 'net one day. I finally made the cookies this week, and they're wonderful! I made a few changes to the recipe, with notes to make a couple of additional changes the next time I make them... and I will definitely make these again!
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening (I used butter)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon water (next time, I will use fresh lemon juice instead of water)
(I also added 1 teaspoon of lemon zest to the dough)
Lemon Powdered Sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
rounded 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened Kool-Aid lemonade drink mix (next time, I will try 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Cream together sugars, butter, egg, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl. Add the flour, baking powder and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest. Add 1 tablespoon of water (or lemon juice) and continue mixing until dough forms a ball.
Roll dough into 3/4-inch balls and flatten slightly onto a lightly greased cookie sheet (I used parchment-lined baking sheets). Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until cookies are light brown.
As cookies bake, combine 1 cup powdered sugar with the lemonade drink mix (or 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, or both) in a large plastic bag and shake thoroughly to mix. When the cookies are removed from the oven and while they are hot, add 4 or 5at a time to the bag and shake it until the cookies are well coated. Repeat with the remaining cookies.
Makes 50 to 56 cookies (I got 4 dozen out of this recipe)