eleventh hour

It was another one of those weekends where I had a lot of time to myself, where mostly my company were some kittens and Doctor Who (why yes, I am kind of in love with David Tennant, ok). Naturally, you would think I would be baking, right? I mean, this is what I thought, at least. After all, my hiatus is over, it is high time to get myself back in the kitchen and making things.

I didn't bake a thing all weekend.

To be fair, my meals weren't especially complicated, either. And, uh, there was a fair amount of eating out (I can never refuse Amsterdam Falafel - it really is the best, you should go eat there now, if you can). What I am saying to you is that last night I wound up nervously awaiting the ding of the kitchen timer, hoping my little experiment would turn out.

I am happy to report it did.

Which is lucky, because I need to stock up on kitchen essentials (like flour), so there wasn't really a second chance option. And heaven forbid I don't bring anything to the blog on Tuesday! Let me tell you, dear reader, in this post-collegiate world of mine, I have come to appreciate deadlines more. So even though this deadline is my own creation, it's still helpful.

And this experiment of mine? Well, let me just show you...

Lemon-Sugar Cookies
Adapted from Joy of Cooking

I tried to come up with a name for these delicately lemon-flavored cookies, but nothing came. Well, that's not entirely true, but after my brain suggested "lemon drop" I decided to just give up. Simpler is better, right?

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder (generous)
1/2 tsp salt
3 dashes ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
just under 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
lemon zest

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add in the sugar and the vegetable oil, mix to combine. Beat in the egg and add vanilla. Start with about 1/2 tbsp lemon zest. Stir in well. Add more to taste (I added a lot, but I really wanted that lemon flavor).

Shape dough into balls and roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. Let cool. Enjoy!


  1. I've only seen a few episodes of Dr Who but I love it. EXTERMINATE...

  2. Oh, Jodi, it is so good! And the Doctor just gets more and more charming!