Luscious Lemon Bites and a Lemon Poppy Giveaway!

by Mindy on January 17, 2011

These lemon bites are indeed luscious!  They remind me of a crumbly, lemon shortbread cookie.  I imagine them stacked neatly on a dainty dish and served with afternoon tea.  Mmmmm….So here are the tips I would offer with these cookies: 1. They worked out better for me when I used room temperature butter.  If you are softening the butter using the microwave, be very careful not to let it melt.  Also, avoid overhandling the dough.  It is necessary to press the dough into balls since it is kind of crumbly, but if the butter melts from your hands or you use even slightly melted butter, the cookies may turn out flat.  2.  Take them out of the oven when the edges are slightly golden brown and then allow to fully cool before handling.  They break more when they are hot.  They were done in 13 minutes in my oven.  3.  As with all cookies, show restraint and don’t eat the whole batch in one sitting. (Do as I say, not as I do)

How many of us have had a lemon of a day, a month or even a year?  Hands down every single one of us, right?  These cookies came from a truly wonderful little cookbook: “When Life Gives You Lemons.” Ali Eisenach from lemonpoppycake.com is responsible for this fabulous creation.  The premise of lemon poppy is to put life into perspective and have a good attitude… while enjoying good food!  When life gives you lemons, why not make Lemon Poppy Cake?  Or Luscious Lemon Bites?  Or any of the other yummy looking lemon recipes found in her little cookbook? She now has two other books: When Life  Gives Your Friends and When Life Gives You a Chocolate Craving.  All three are packed with 20 pages of tried and true recipes with mouthwatering pictures.  They are printed on high quality paper with UV coating, too (which means spills wipe off, they don’t soak into the pages – a major plus if you’re messy in the kitchen like me!).  You can pick them up at Tai Pan or you can order them on www.lemonpoppycake.com for $8.99 each.  A perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the cook in your life!

So now for the giveaway…

Lemon Poppy is offering all three cookbooks to the lucky winner.  To enter, leave a comment giving Ali ideas for future books.  Fill in the blank: “When Life Gives You _________.”  For a second entry, “Like” Lemon Poppy on facebook and then leave a second comment saying you did it.  (“Like” The Sisters Cafe if you haven’t already, too!)  As always, the winner will be chosen randomly.  A winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 19th.  Good Luck!

Luscious Lemon Bites
Submitted by Mindy ~ The Sisters Cafe
Recipe Source: www.lemonpoppycake.com

2 cups of butter, softened
2/3 cup powered sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat butter until creamy.  Add powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add lemon zest and vanilla.  Beat well.  Add flour and cornstarch and mix until well combined.  Roll dough into one inch balls.  Bake 15 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet until bottom edges of cookies are light brown.  Cool and frost with lemon glaze.

Creamy Lemon Glaze
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Combine butter, lemon zest, juice, and powdered sugar.  Stir until well combined.  Place cookies on wax paper.  Cool.  Drizzle glaze over the tops.

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1 Melly January 17, 2011 at 3:25 am

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2 Melly January 17, 2011 at 3:26 am

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3 Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 7:07 am

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4 momof2girls January 17, 2011 at 7:15 am

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7 Mom/Nedra January 17, 2011 at 8:12 am

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11 Laura January 17, 2011 at 9:26 am

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13 Wendy January 17, 2011 at 9:30 am

When Life Gives You a Husband . . .

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14 Peggy Clyde. January 17, 2011 at 9:42 am

When life gives you grief, find someone else in need. I love your blog.

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15 Lisa at Dishes of Mrs. Fish January 17, 2011 at 9:58 am

When Life Gives You a Snow Day…. :)
These look delicious! I love lemon baked goods, but have never made my own! This has to change!

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16 Amy January 17, 2011 at 10:32 am

When life gives you blog giveaways, ENTER…and then hope you win.

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19 The Kimber Crew January 17, 2011 at 10:40 am

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20 elle January 17, 2011 at 10:46 am

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When life gives you kids…

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22 Jessica January 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

When life gives you only 30 minutes or…
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27 Jennifurla January 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

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31 Kim Fields January 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

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32 Jan January 17, 2011 at 11:39 am

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a peck of peaches
a bushel of apples
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38 Brooke January 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

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39 Shannon January 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm

When life gives you a sweet tooth….
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40 Nicole January 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm

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41 briarrose January 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

What a great, fresh cookie. Lemon flavor perks me right up. :)

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42 Bird by Bird January 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

When life gives you yeast…

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45 Michael & Jessica Allen January 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

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46 cheeks January 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

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53 Nicole January 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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56 Heather January 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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58 Jan January 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm

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60 Ryan + Jess January 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm

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62 Jullee and Fam January 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

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63 Erickson Family January 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm

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67 Carolyn January 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm

When life gives you leftovers . . .
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71 Michelle January 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm

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72 Heidi January 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm

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74 anissa ferguson January 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

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76 Danyelle January 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm

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77 Hannah January 17, 2011 at 7:52 pm

When Life Gives You Muffins!

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78 Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm

So happy to have found The Sisters Cafe!!! What a fun Blog! I am also new to blogging and didn't know for sure how to post a comment or give my idea for the Lemon Give Away??? But my idea is "When Life Gives You LOVE". Recipes for romantic dinners for two with fun "Valentine-ish" dinners, salads and desserts. Maybe easy enough fo the man in your life to pick up and make something for you once in a while too. Thanks again for the fun Blog, hope to visit it often…. Jennifer Dixon, Montrose, Colorado.

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79 NO REASON NEEDED January 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm

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80 Ashley's "Random Ruminations" January 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm

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81 Kelly January 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm

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82 Kelly January 17, 2011 at 10:18 pm

When life gives you a BBQ… I liked on fb.

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83 Paty January 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

When life gives you apples…

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84 Paty January 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

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85 aubrie January 17, 2011 at 10:41 pm

When life gives you vegetarian friends… (in my life, that's kind of like giving you a lemon! ha!)

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86 Momma McGee January 18, 2011 at 12:05 am

When Life Gives You A Garden of Plenty….

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89 Jacob and Mindy T. January 18, 2011 at 2:01 am

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91 Patricia P. January 18, 2011 at 2:34 am

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93 Liz January 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

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95 Shelli W January 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

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96 Brooke January 18, 2011 at 8:33 am

When life gives you… SPINACH, make smoothies! I use spinach to make healthful smoothies for my kids all the time and am constantly looking for tried and true combinations to try! It's the only way I can get my kids to eat spinach and I usually sneek in some ground flaxseed as well!

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97 ALL 4 DYETS January 18, 2011 at 9:56 am

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100 shron January 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

When life gives you love . . . .
or When life gives you a crockpot . . . !!! love your site! it's one of my top two faves.

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101 KaufusiFamily January 18, 2011 at 10:55 am

When life gives you children! I'd love a great cookbook that has kid friendly recipes. Whether it is easy recipes for children to use or great snack ideas.

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103 Melissa January 18, 2011 at 11:28 am

When life gives you…the opportunity to serve. (i.e. too much garden produce, good meals for family, friends, & neighbors in need, etc.)

When life gives you…a chance to express yourself. (foods to apologize, express love, laugh/ be silly, etc.)

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104 Becky January 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm

When life gives you pb&j kisses….

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105 shawfamily January 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

when life gives you bulges and bumps :) ….(a cook book of guiltess dishes and desserts)

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106 camjackieward January 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm

When life gives you Children

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107 camjackieward January 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm

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108 Steph January 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

When life give you apples…

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109 cindy January 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm

When life gives you grandchildren…spoil them!

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110 Liz January 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I see a few people beat me to my ideas…"When life gives you a rainy day schedule" OR "When life gives you a blizzard" a cookbook full of warm, yummy soups!

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111 Mike and Kimmy January 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm

When life gives you carbs…

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112 kellie January 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

picky eaters!

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113 Gibb Family January 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

when life gives you kids

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114 Carol in Indian Springs Village January 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm

When life gives you Chocolate…

Indulge!

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115 SPARKYLARKY January 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I am thinking that your next book should be…..

When life gives you a teenager!

It's gonna be a HUGE book!

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116 Jess January 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

When Life gives you more life, and a busy life at that,

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117 KathyC January 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm

When life gives you a bowl of cherries…..

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120 Debra January 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm

When life gives you lemons make lemon bites…

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121 Debra January 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I liked Lemon Poppy on Facebook…

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122 Glenna January 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm

when life gives you breakfast

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123 D January 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm

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124 4Sisters January 18, 2011 at 7:15 pm

When Life Gives You Garlic!

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125 Pam January 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

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When life gives you recipes

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130 Jana January 18, 2011 at 11:58 pm

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131 Jana January 19, 2011 at 12:01 am

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132 Kristi January 19, 2011 at 12:40 am

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133 stephanie January 19, 2011 at 2:02 am

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134 Anonymous January 19, 2011 at 7:49 am

When life gives you crumbs…..(some type of breading).

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135 Dawn W January 19, 2011 at 8:35 am

When life gives you kids, laugh with them
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Can't wait to make those cookies – they look so yummy!

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136 Julianne January 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

When life gives you chocolate…

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137 Julianne January 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

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138 Carissa Poyfair January 19, 2011 at 10:20 am

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139 Carissa Poyfair January 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

I like Lemon Poppy on FB

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140 Morgan January 19, 2011 at 11:12 am

When life gives you bad days, put on your big girl panties and deal with it! :)

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141 Julie January 19, 2011 at 11:21 am

i liked on fb

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142 Julie January 19, 2011 at 11:23 am

when life is crunchy…salads

when life gives you joy

when life gives you chips, better have some dips

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143 Kristen January 19, 2011 at 11:31 am

When life gives you rain…

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144 supermombritt January 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm

When life gives you zucchini…..

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145 supermombritt January 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

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146 CoralieandCasey January 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm

When life gives you too much to do.

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147 Carolyn™ January 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm

When life gives you a raspberry

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148 Anonymous January 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Just make this Lemon bites..I used barely softened butter, per your advise. The bits turn out crumbly and was hard for my kids to eat as they just fall apart.
I just the cookie scoop to avoid hands contact with the butter.
Any suggestions

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149 Mindy January 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Hi Anonymous,

I'm sorry I didn't give very clear directions. The cookie is a crumbly type cookie, so you do need to gently press them into balls. However, if you handle them for too long, you melt the butter and they turn out flat. In my effort to prevent that from happening, it seems I have made you overly worried about handling them at all! I am going to see if I can make my tips more clear. They really are a very yummy cookie. The fact that they are a little crumbly shouldn't detract from the cookie. I hope they work out better for you next time!

Mindy

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