Mini Gingerbread Lemon Loaves

Fresh ginger, ground ginger and lemon juice make these Mini Gingerbread Lemon Loaves packed full of undeniably delicious flavor and charm! They are perfect as gifts for the holiday season!

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Every Christmas I usually make about 10 different kids of cookies to give away as gifts.  This year however I was not feeling as motivated to do that much baking but still wanted to give home baked gifts.  One of Matty’s favorite German Christmas cookies is the Zimtsterne… a star shaped cinnamon and gingerbread cookie topped with a lemon glaze.  This cookie is what inspired me to make these gingerbread loaves!

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I knew I wanted to incorporate lemon and ginger into the recipe and there’s no better way to do that than by using fresh!  I peeled grated a big piece of ginger root and pressed it into the granulated sugar before creaming it with the butter.  Pressing the root into the sugar releases all the oil and flavor creating a fluffy ginger sugar that packs a big flavor punch in the bread.

Fresh squeezed lemon juice and candied lemon peel add the perfect amount of tart acidity and texture to the glaze.  The candied ginger came from a small shop in Nuremberg, but I’m certain you could find it at a local candy store or specialty market like Trader Joes.

If you love the Starbucks gingerbread… then you’ll definitely love this!  The flavor is spot on… if not better than the Starbucks loaf and the texture is insane.  LOVE this bread, so much!

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I’ve never used paper baking pans before these loaves.  I wasn’t quite sure how they’d bake, but I am surprised to say that I love them!  It was great to be able to give gifts of bread loves instead of cookies or cupcakes… something new and fun is always a joy to give to others!  I really only wish I would have bought more of them when the PX carried them last month!  They’re a great investment if you love sharing your baked goods!  I’m giving these loaves to friends and teachers of Emily for the holidays!

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The only downside of this recipe was that it didn’t make enough for me to keep a loaf for myself!  Next time, I’ll make the recipe twice so I have enough for me!

Happy Holidays!

Mini Gingerbread Lemon Loaves
 
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Recipe type: Quick Bread
Serves: 8 loaves
Ingredients
Gingerbread
  • 4½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp roasted ground cloves
  • 2 Tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1½ cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated peeled ginger root
  • 1 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp orange extract
  • 3 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 8 free standing paper baking pans (4.5in long x 2.5in wide x 2.25in high)
Lemon Glaze & Garnish
  • 8oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 lemon, zested/peeled and juiced
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • candied ginger strips
Instructions
Gingerbread
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Arrange the baking pans on two baking sheets, 4 on each sheet.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, ground ginger, salt and baking soda.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the grated ginger root and the granulated sugar. Using the back of a rubber spatula, press the sugar into the ginger releasing the oils and flavor from the ginger into the sugar. Continue for 3-4 minutes or until the sugar is fluffy and fragrant. Add the brown sugar and mix together on low speed.
  4. Add the softened butter to the sugar and ginger and cream together for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl several times. Add the orange extract and beat 1 more minute.
  5. Pour in the apple sauce and mix on medium until combined. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl again. Don't worry, the mixture will look curdled, but it will fix itself once the flour has been added.
  6. Add the flour in three parts and mix on medium-low until each addition is just combined. Finish the batter by folding until all the flour has been incorporated.
  7. Separate the batter evenly into the 8 baking pans. About 1 overflowing cup of batter per pan.
  8. Bake both sheets of batter on the same shelf for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the bread is a deep brown color. If both trays will not fit on one self, bake them one at a time. You may need to reduce the baking time by 5-10 minutes if only one tray is baked.
  9. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Lemon Glaze & Garnish
  1. Zest/peel the lemon into long strips of rind then cut the strips into small pieces. Toss lemon pieces in granulated sugar until covered. Once covered, spread out on wax paper until ready to use.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, whip the cream cheese and powdered sugar together until smooth. Mix in the salt.
  3. Add the juice of the lemon mix until combined. Glaze should be thick enough to spread without running but still loose.
  4. Spread or drizzle glaze over the cooled loaves. Garnish with sugared lemon peels and candied ginger pieces.
Notes
This recipe makes 8 medium sized mini loaves. If you want fuller loaves, make 6-7 instead of 8.

 

Red Currant Cookie Slices

Pairing a simple cookie dough with the tartness of red currant jam and the sweetness of glaze, these Red Currant Cookie Slices are a perfect cookie to enjoy with your morning coffee or afternoon tea!

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Last week began #RedCurrantWeek and I had initially planned to share one new red currant recipe with you every day.  But life happened, I got busy getting my daughter to start high school this week that I just ran out of time!  Yikes!  So today, now that my beautiful daughter is off to her first day of her freshman year… I have a little bit of time to catch up on recipes for you!

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These Red Currant Cookie Slices begin with a simple sugar cookie dough that I’ve spiced up with a dash of nutmeg.  If you don’t like nutmeg you could certainly omit it or substitute it for cinnamon but, I think it adds a little something extra to the cookie.

The center of the cookie is filled with a homemade Red Currant Jam that I made a few days before these cookies.  The jam is a very simple recipe and pairs perfectly with the dough for these cookies.  Of course, if you don’t have time to make your own jam, simply fill these cookies with your favorite store bought red currant jam or any flavor jam!

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To add another layer of texture and flavor, I decided to make a lemon glaze for the top of the cookies instead of a plain or vanilla glaze.  The acidity of the lemon really adds another dimension of flavor to the cookies that makes the red currant flavor just explode in your mouth with each bite!

A quick note about assembly for these cookies:  Make sure not to press the well too deep into the dough before adding the jam.  They are very delicate and need a thick layer of cookie under the jam in order to keep their shape.

Happy Baking

Check out the other #RedCurrantWeek posts here:

Red Currant Cookie Slices
 
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Serves: 3-4 dozen cookie slices
Ingredients
  • 250g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 390g all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1½ cups red currant jam from this recipe
  • 150g powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In two parts, add this to the mixing bowl. Mix until combined making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure everything has been incorporated.
  5. Separate the dough into four equal parts. Flatten each section into a rectangle about ½-3/4in thick. Place two flattened pieces of dough on each baking sheet.
  6. Press a well into the center of the dough lengthwise. Spread the red currant jam in that well.
  7. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until golden brown. Rotate the pans after 10 minutes to ensure even baking.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the pan before removing to a cutting board - they will be very fragile and will break if moved while still warm.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Add more juice if the glaze is too thick, being carefully to create a glaze thick enough to drizzle, but not so thin that it's transparent when it dries.
  10. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies and allow to set before cutting.
  11. Once the glaze has set, cut the cookies into slices.
  12. Store up to a week in an air tight container.
Notes
Recipe slightly adapted from The Kitchen Lioness

Easy Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes

Need a quick cupcake that is not only delicious, but will impress? Try these Easy Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes made with box cake mix, strawberry jam and a simple frosting recipe! Perfect for Spring!

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Tonight is my first Troop FRG Meeting as the FRG Leader.  Though out the deployment we had Squadron meetings which I was just an attendee… not running.  So it’s a big night for me!  If you’re not farmiliar with the FRG, it stands for Family Readiness Group.  Basically, the FRG supports the families of the soldiers in the unit.  We provide support in many ways from providing community information and unit information to hosting social events and fundraisers.  We also provide resources for spouses, children and parents of our soldiers.

The picture below was taken earlier this week at the 2/2 CR Volunteer Recognition Reception where all of the lovely ladies here (including me!) were recognized for their service to the unit during our recent deployment. A fabulous group of women doing all kinds of amazing things for the soldiers and their families.  A true honor to be able to know & serve with them.

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I’ve been the FRG Leader in every unit that Dave has been in since we’ve been married and the first meeting is always a big deal for me.  It’s my introduction to the soldiers and their families and I always like to make a great impression with them! What better way to make a good impress than with cupcakes?

I didn’t want to spend hours on a difficult recipe, so I used a box cake mix for the cupcakes (can’t get much easier than that!), a jar of my favorite strawberry jam for the filling and whipped up a lemon frosting that required little work to make!

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What makes a simple-to-bake cupcake impressive?  Presentation! To make these Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes special, I used yellow quarterfoil grease-proof liners from Sweets & Treats Boutiqe to bake the cupcakes in.  This created a super cute base for the cupcakes, plus it set the color theme for the cupcakes!

Next, I used a Wilton 1M piping tip to pipe the frosting onto the cupcake.  This is my favorite way to decorate the cupcakes with little work but great impact!  Perfect swirls every time with this piping tip. Finally, I sprinkled the top of the cupcakes with sugar balls in yellow.

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A little bit of work creates a super delicious cupcake!  I’m sure everyone at the meeting will enjoy these tonight!

Happy Baking!

Easy Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 2 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 1 box Vanilla/White Cake Mix + ingredients on box
Filling
  • 1 jar of your favorite strawberry jam
Lemon Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, soft
  • 2lbs powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream (plus up to ¼ cup more)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 drops Wilton yellow food gel coloring
  • yellow sugar candies, for garnish
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Prepare the cake batter as instructed on the box. Bake as cupcakes according to the box directions.
  2. Cool completely before filling & frosting.
Filling
  1. Core cooled cupcakes & fill with your favorite strawberry jam.
Lemon Frosting
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  2. Add half the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.
  3. Mix in the lemon extract and half the heavy cream and beat until smooth.
  4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and salt and mix until incorporated.
  5. Beat on high for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the rest of the heavy cream, food gel coloring and beat for 2-3 minutes or until the frosting is light and fluffy. Add more heavy cream if you want a thinner, softer frosting.
  7. Using a Wilton 1M tip attached to a piping bag, fill the bag with frosting then pipe swirls of frosting onto each filled cupcake. Top with yellow sugar candies for garnish.

12 Days of Cookies – Day 11: Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Cake-like cookies made with fresh lemon and ricotta then topped with a tart lemon glaze make these Lemon Ricotta Cookies an irresistible holiday treat!

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I can’t take credit for this recipe.  In fact, I had never heard of Lemon Ricotta Cookies before I made them this holiday season.  When preparing for this series, I asked several of my friends what their favorite family Christmas cookies were and these were the only ones I’d never heard of before!

The recipe comes from my friend Sarah.  Miss Sarah as my daughter calls her.  Our husband’s work together and are both deployed to Afghanistan with 2nd Cavalry Regiment right now.   It’s comforting to have a friend whose husband is doing the exact same thing mine is… it’s like having someone who can understand exactly what you’re feeling about a subject that very few people know anything about.  That’s a quality to find in a friend when you’re the spouse of a soldier.

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This picture was taken shortly after our husband’s left for Afghanistan.  Sarah and I got together with a couple other ladies to put together a big football themed care package for our husbands and the rest of their platoon.   Usually when Sarah and I get together it’s for coffee and for our kids to play… she’s got two little ladies who like to come over and play with my little Matty.   Kids get to play, Mommies get to relax and chat.  Win win.

If I can recall what Sarah told me… the recipe for these Lemon Ricotta Cookies came from her Grandmother.  Sarah let me borrow the recipe card with the hand written ingredients and directions and I took great pride in keeping her family heirloom safe and sound while I made these cookies.

These cookies are very soft and almost like little pillows of cake.  Pillows of cake covered in sweet yet tart lemon icing.  They are packed full of fresh lemon flavor and the ricotta really adds a richness that compliments the cookie perfectly.

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For such a simple looking cookie, this recipe really packs a punch when it comes to flavor.  Out of all the cookies I made this season, these lemon ricotta cookies I think are going to be one I make every year.  A real winner.

Thanks to Sarah for sharing this recipe with me!  I’m really honored to be able to share this recipe with my readers!

Enjoy!

Lemon Ricotta Cookies
 
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Serves: 3-4 dozen cookies
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 15oz whole milk ricotta
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
Glaze
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • water
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the sugar and lemon zest and mix until the oils of the zest have incorporated with the sugar - about 1 minute.
  4. Add the butter and cream for 2 minutes.
  5. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  6. Add the ricotta and lemon juice. Mix until just combined, you want to see a few chunks of ricotta in the batter.
  7. Fold in the flour and stir by hand until incorporated.
  8. Drop 2 Tbsp of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet. 12 drops of dough should fit on the sheet.
  9. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE.
  10. Leave on the cookie sheet for about 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before glazing.
Glaze
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, half the lemon juice and zest until smooth. If the glaze is thick enough to spread at this point, do not add any more juice or the water. If it's too thick add more juice until it's a consistency you like. After the juice is gone, add water until you reach your desired consistency. Adding too much water/lemon will make the gaze too runny, so start with a small amount.
  2. Spoon ½ tsp of glaze on the top of each cookie and use the back of a spoon to gently spread over the cookie.
  3. Let set for 2 hours before serving.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies
 
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Serves: 3-4 dozen cookies
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 15oz whole milk ricotta
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
Glaze
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • water
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the sugar and lemon zest and mix until the oils of the zest have incorporated with the sugar - about 1 minute.
  4. Add the butter and cream for 2 minutes.
  5. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  6. Add the ricotta and lemon juice. Mix until just combined, you want to see a few chunks of ricotta in the batter.
  7. Fold in the flour and stir by hand until incorporated.
  8. Drop 2 Tbsp of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet. 12 drops of dough should fit on the sheet.
  9. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE.
  10. Leave on the cookie sheet for about 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before glazing.
Glaze
  1. Spoon ½ tsp of glaze on the top of each cookie and use the back of a spoon to gently spread over the cookie.
  2. Let set for 2 hours before serving.

Want more cookies?

Check out the main page for the 12 Days of Cookies and you’ll find the links to all the recipes! Next cookie will be posted tomorrow!

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Raspberry Lemonade Layer Cake

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Army life has it’s share of ups and downs, good times and bad… happy and sad moments.   Since moving to Germany over 2 years ago, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many amazing new people who have helped in creating the happier of moments.  And… luckily enough for me, one person in particular happened to live just out my front door.

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Me, Richelle, Dani, Trish, Rachel, Jessica
Summer 2012

Dani and I became quick friends… it was hard not to say hello every time I’d come home to see her smiling face in her backyard with her dog Gizmo or her daughter Katie.   A nod and a hello turned into us chatting at her fence for an hour which turned into weekend bbq’s and now a great friendship.   We also quickly realized that we shared a love of baking and trying new recipes.  I don’t know how many times we’ve called each other asking to borrow an egg, or flour, sugar or something we were missing from our kitchen that we needed for that days project. I even made a special cake for her daughter’s birthday party… you may remember this Rainbow Pom Pom Cake.  It was a HUGE HIT!

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This is Dani’s last week in Germany.  *sigh*  She’s not my first friend to PCS (Permanent Change of Station) back to the USA… but, she’s my second neighbor in 2 weeks to move… and if we’re being honest here… I am not liking it one bit that she’s leaving.  Watching everyone around you move away is never easy… and when it’s someone you enjoy spending your time with… it’s even harder.

Dani, her husband AJ and their daughter, Katie are coming over for one last dinner together this week and I knew I needed to make something special for them.  Since the weather has been so beautiful lately, I knew I wanted to make a cake with bright colors perfect or warm weather.  Lemonade… perfect!

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I was inspired to make this cake from a magazine I picked up last week.  I don’t buy many baking or cooking magazines because why pay for it when I have the internet and that’s free.  Ha!  But this magazine had lots of recipes that I would actually make that looked so so delicious!  The lemonade layer cake in the magazine was an all pink cake using regular lemonade… so I punched things up a notch and made it a two toned raspberry lemonade cake! YUM!

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So tomorrow… I’ll share one more evening with my neighbors and treat them to this special cake.    Dani… it’s been a pleasure getting to know you and your family!  I wish you well for the future and safe travels back to the USA! We’ll miss you!

Enjoy!

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Raspberry Lemonade Layer Cake
 
Serves: 1 9in 4-layer cake
Ingredients
Raspberry Lemonade Cake
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 3⅓ cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1⅓ cups whole milk
  • ¼ cup frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • Wilton Red Food Coloring Gel
  • Wilton Yellow Food Coloring Gel
  • Candied Lemon Slices (garnish)
Lemonade Frosting
  • 2¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 7oz jars of Marshmallow Fluff
  • ¼ cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
Raspberry Lemonade Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease, line with parchment paper and flour 2-9x2in round pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a 2 cup measuring cup, combine the lemonade concentrate, milk and extract. Set aside.
  4. Using your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition.
  5. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk mixture to the butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until just combined.
  6. Scoop half the batter into a medium bowl. Gently mix in a small dollop of red food coloring gel and mix until the color is uniform. Repeat with the yellow with the remaining batter.
  7. Spread the batter into prepared pans.
  8. Bake for 32-35 minutes or until the tops spring back lightly when touched.
  9. Allow cakes to cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once completely cooled, trim the cakes so that they are the same height using a long, serrated knife. Then, cut each layer in half horizontally creating 4 equal layers.
Lemonade Frosting
  1. Using a stand mixer, cream the butter for 30 seconds. Add the marshmallow fluff and beat until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, lemonade concentrate and lemon extract. Mix until combined.
  3. Mix in the heavy cream and salt. Beat frosting on high for 30 seconds.
Assembly
  1. Place one pink layer on your serving plate and spread frosting over the top. Put a yellow layer on top of the pink and frost. Repeat again with the pink and yellow layers.
  2. Crumb coat the cake and freeze for 15 minutes.
  3. Using the remaining frosting on the outside and top of the cake. Use an offset spatula to smooth the sides.
  4. Top with candied lemon peel for a garnish. (Optional)
NOTE
  1. This frosting is best served the day it's made. It has a very strong butter taste the longer it sits out. If you don't like a butter frosting - try an American buttercream flavored with lemon.

Update:  About a week after I posted this cake, my sister made it for her step-daughter (my niece) for her 15th birthday!  Her is Emily (in the front left in the black) enjoying a slice with her friends! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EMILY!

Sidenote:  My sister wrote me and said a few things about this cake and why she uses the recipes I post on JavaCupcake.  Melted my heart and reminded me of exactly why I have this blog.  To share love and bring people together through baking.

Thank you! It was amazing. The cake was so good and moist! I did a lemon buttercream just how you told me to do it. It was great! I couldn’t find lemon candies so we were stuck with pink sprinkles . You’ll get a kick out of this….2 people said “oh it looks so good – and it’s not even sliding!” All I could think about was how proud of me you be. I told Judy that i like to bake off JavaCupcake because it makes me feel like you’re with me on these special occasions. xoxo -Tressa

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White Chocolate Chip Lemon Cookies

These chewy lemon cookies filled with white chocolate chips are a treat that’s sure to make everyone happy!

A new McDonald’s opened up this week 5 minutes from my house.  Before it’s opening, the closest McD’s was 40 minutes away… so we hardly ever went there.  The McCafe serves giant white chocolate chip lemon cookies that are SO YUM!  They are crisp on the edges and soft in the middle and full of lemon flavor.  Unlike like cookie I’ve ever had at a fast food restaurant before.  I just new I had to recreate these cookies at home!

And what better time than right before my hubby is going away for a few weeks to train for his upcoming deployment.  A big platoon of soldiers needs cookies to fuel themselves while training, right? :) So into the kitchen I went this morning to whip up a batch.

You could have these cookies made in about 30 minutes – they’re that simple yet so super delicious!  I made a bunch of little cookies so they would go further, but you could easily make them bigger – like the one I got at McD’s!

Enjoy!

White Chocolate Chip Lemon Cookies
 
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Serves: 3 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, press the lemon zest into the white sugar until it's fluffy and fragrant. Add the brown sugar and butter and cream until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg.
  5. Mix in the lemon juice.
  6. Add the flour and mix until just combined.
  7. Fold in the white chocolate chips.
  8. Roll golf ball size (1in) balls of dough in your hand and gently press them onto the cookie sheet 1-2 inches apart- slightly flattening them.
  9. Bake 9-11 minutes or until air bubbles form and the edges SLIGHTLY turn golden.
  10. Remove from the oven and cool on the cookie sheet 3 minutes. NOTE: If you remove them before 3 minutes, they will be too soft and will break.
  11. Move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Store in an air tight container for 3-4 days or EAT IMMEDIATELY!

Let’s have a Pancake Party!

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Happy National Pancake Day and to celebrate I had a Pancake Party!  Three of my awesome friends and I got up bright and early and made some of the yummiest pancakes ever!  It was so much fun and such a simple way to bring friends together.

We started the morning with giant cups of coffee and a big bowl of pancake batter.  I had blueberries, strawberries, lemons, raspberry puree, cinnamon, sugar, cream cheese, pumpkin, powdered sugar and maple syrup to create our pancakes with.  We decided on three different variations… Lemon Blueberry, Strawberry Overload, and Cinnamon Roll.

Lemon Blueberry – This is one of my all time favorite flavor combinations.  It’s light, fresh and so good.  Sweet, tart together is just sublime.  The flavor of lemon in these pancakes is just the right amount and paired with the blueberry… it’s perfect!

Strawberry Overload – Strawberries in the pancake and on the pancake.  It’s a strawberry lovers DREAM.  The only thing that might make these better… strawberry whipped cream!  hehe Maybe next time!

Cinnamon Roll – Let’s keep it real for a minute and get really honest.  These pancakes… I felt guilty with every bite.  It’s so good… yet sooo bad.  Full of sugar, butter, cinnamon, cream cheese…. yeah, I felt like I was eating a Cinnabon.  These pancakes were so incredible good… I can’t see how you’d not want to make them.  Seriously.

Yum.  Yum and Yum!

The greatest thing about these pancakes were that they were all made with the same buttermilk pancake batter and spiced up with different ingredients! You could do so many variations of pancakes with this batter… the possibilities are limitless!

So… go make some pancakes and enjoy National Pancake Day!

Buttermilk Pancakes
 
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Serves: Enough for 4-6 people
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the melted butter, vanilla and buttermilk and whisk until smooth.
  2. In another bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk until smooth, about 25 strokes.
  4. Heat your skillet or griddle to medium heat. Pour 1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil on the skillet and spread with a paper towel to coat the surface.
  5. Pour ¼ cup of batter onto the griddle. Cook until bubbles form and pop uniformly across the top of the pancake. Flip over and cook until golden brown. NOTE: Don't be tempted to turn up the heat on your griddle. Cooking these pancakes low & slow will allow them rise and get fluffy! Slow and low makes these pancakes perfect!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2-3 pancakes

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes by JavaCupcake 2

Blueberry Lemon Pancakes
 
Ingredients
  • Buttermilk Pancake Recipe (above)
  • 1 lemon, zested & juiced
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1-2 cups fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Prepare the buttermilk pancake batter.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, press the lemon zest into the sugar using the back of your spatula.
  3. Gently fold the zest and lemon juice into the batter.
  4. Prepare the skillet the same as you would for the buttermilk pancakes.
  5. Scoop ¼ cup of batter for each pancake onto the skillet.
  6. After about 30 seconds of cooking, press 6-8 blueberries into the pancake. Use a toothpick to cover the blueberries with a little bit of batter from the pancake... being careful not to disrupt the bottom of the pancake.
  7. Once the bubbles have formed and popped on the top of the pancake, flip it over and continue cooking until golden brown.
  8. Serve with more blueberries on top and fresh grated lemon zest.

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Strawberry Overload Pancakes by JavaCupcake

Strawberry Overload Pancakes
 
Serves: Enough for 4-6 people
Ingredients
  • Buttermilk Pancake Batter (above)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1-2 Tbsp sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Prepare the buttermilk pancake batter.
  2. Slice half the strawberries into ⅛in slices and set aside
  3. Dice the remaining strawberries into small chunks and place in a bowl. Add 1 Tbsp lemon juice and 1-2 Tbsp sugar (depending on how sweet you want them). Using a potato masher, smash the berries until they have broken down by half.
  4. Prepare the skillet the same as you would for the buttermilk pancakes.
  5. Scoop ¼ cup of batter for each pancake onto the skillet.
  6. After about 30 seconds of cooking, press 4-6 strawberry slices into the pancake. Use a toothpick to cover the strawberries with a little bit of batter from the pancake... being careful not to disrupt the bottom of the pancake.
  7. Once the bubbles have formed and popped on the top of the pancake, flip it over and continue cooking until golden brown.
  8. Serve covered with mashed strawberries, fresh grated lemon zest and a dusting of powdered sugar.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2-3 pancakes

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Cinnamon Roll Pancakes by JavaCupcake.com

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
 
Serves: Enough for 4-6 people
Ingredients
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
  • Buttermilk Pancake Batter (recipe above)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
Cream Cheese Drizzle
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • pinch of salt
  • cinnamon for garnish
Instructions
  1. Prepare the buttermilk pancake batter.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whip together the cream cheese and butter using a hand mixer. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, salt and heavy cream and whip for 2 minutes until light, fluffy and smooth. Spoon into a squeeze bottle or piping bag with a small round tip. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and mix until smooth. Spoon into a squeeze bottle or piping bag with a small round tip. Set aside.
  4. Prepare the skillet the same as you would for the buttermilk pancakes.
  5. Scoop ¼ cup of batter for each pancake onto the skillet.
  6. After about 30 seconds of cooking, squeeze a swirl of sugar into the top of the pancake creating the look of a cinnamon roll.
  7. Once the bubbles have formed and popped on the top of the pancake, flip it over and continue cooking until golden brown.
  8. Serve pancakes swirl side up. Drizzle the cream cheese over the top and dust with cinnamon.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2-3 pancakes

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Creamy Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Creamy Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies by JavaCupcake,com

It’s Girl Scout cookie season here in Germany – yes, be jealous… we get cookies a month before you do in the USA!  Anyhoo… my hubby has been complaining that the lemon cookies this year (Savannah Smiles) aren’t the traditional lemon cookie sandwiches he used to love as a kid.  So today when I realized I had two lemons in my fridge that I forgot to use last week, I knew today would be the perfect opportunity to whip up some lemon cookies that would satisfy his craving!

Dave wanted a cream filling inside the sandwiches, but I wanted to fill them with a berry preserve and top with a lemon glaze.  I said screw it… I’ll do both.  You can find the recipe for the berry filled cookies here.

PS… These cookies are so easy to make… you have no excuse not to make them… ASAP!

Enjoy!

Creamy Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies by JavaCupcake,com

Creamy Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies
 
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Serves: 12-15 sandwich cookies
Ingredients
Lemon Shortbread
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature and soft
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2½ cups sifted flour - measure after sifting
Lemon Cream Filling
  • 2oz cream cheese, room temperature and soft
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
Lemon Drizzle
  • 1 heaping cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
Instructions
Lemon Shortbread
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, press the lemon zest into the sugar. Your sugar will become thick and fragrant.
  3. Add the butter to the sugar and cream until fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all the butter is incorporated.
  4. Mix in 1 Tbsp of the fresh squeezed lemon juice.
  5. Add the flour and mix on low until a dough ball forms.
  6. Place dough on a lightly floured counter and knead 2-3 times until smooth.
  7. Roll dough out about ¼-1/2 inch thick.
  8. Using a 2¼in biscuit cutter (I used one from a Martha Stewart set), cut cookies and place onto prepared cookie sheet.
  9. Bake on center rack in your oven for 12-13 minutes or just until the edges begin to brown. Remove immediately to a wire rack to cool completely.
Lemon Cream Filling
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the lemon zest and the cream cheese with a hand mixer.
  2. Add the lemon juice and mix until incorporated.
  3. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until no more lumps appear and the mixture is smooth.
Lemon Drizzle
  1. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and sugar.
  2. With a fork, stir until smooth and no lumps remain.
Assembly
  1. Spread the lemon cream in a thick layer on the bottom side of one cookie almost to the edges.
  2. Place another cookie on top of the cream filling (bottom side of the cookie face down on the filling) and press gently until the filling reaches the edges.
  3. Drizzle lemon and sugar mixture over the top of each cookie.