Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Recipe ~ Lemon Crinkle Cookies

I just can't seem to stop myself! Every night I go to bed thinking of what I want to make the next day to photograph. Saturday night I found this Lemon Crinkle Cookie recipe and thought this would be great to make using the lemons I bought to photograph! Yes, I bought lemons with the specific use of photographing them...nothing else, don't judge. You can click on the above link for the recipe, but I also copied it below for quick reference.

I had to make sure I photographed my lemons before I did anything else, of course :) This time I actually set up a little area in the sunroom to give a different background and light source. Don't mind my non-ironed table cloth. It's another one of my vintage linens and I haven't gotten around to pressing it.

The table cloth covered up the wicker, but I liked the additional texture it created when I photographed the lemons on their own.
I also took some in the basement so I could see how completely different each location made the photos look. It sure was hard to balance two lemons! So glad I was able to get this shot before the top one rolled off :)

Alright, enough of the lemons lol. On to the recipe. I gathered all the ingredients so I could get a before photo. Notice anything??

Lemon Crinkles

Yield: 2-3 dozen
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Total Time: 30 min


½ cups Butter, Softened
1 cup Granulated Sugar
½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 whole Egg
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
¼ teaspoons Salt
¼ teaspoons Baking Powder
⅛ teaspoons Baking Soda
1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
½ cups Powdered Sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, *excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly.

*The reason the above few words are in red is because I completely MISSED that part and added the powdered sugar with all the other dry ingredients! My mom assured me the cookies would be fine and would just be sweeter than if I had actually followed the recipe.

Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Mine took about 12 minutes, but that might be because of my inability to read directions...*If using a non stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Now the fun part!! I am in love with how the cookies and the lemons look against the all white background. I wasn't sure if it was going to be to white on white, but that pop of yellow just makes it!

I tried out a few different angles.

This one is shot from above. I like how the pattern in the table cloth shows up :)

I hope you are enjoying all the food photos! I promise I'll try not to do too many lol. Next time, I want to stack some cookies on top of each other to add height. It's just so much fun!! This was a little different than normal Tuesday posts, but I didn't think you would mind :)

Am I getting any better?? I still have lots to learn, but would love to hear what you think :)

Until next time.

Much love,


  1. Lookin' yummy! Love that you buy lemons to just photograph! Why not? My husband (an artist/painter) buys lemons/limes/garlic...just to paint! Take a peek at his work here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jamie-Morse-Paintings/108232665885885?sk=photos_stream

    1. Thanks Karen! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who does that lol. I will definitely check out his site!

  2. These look amazing, Liz! I love lemon cookies, so I'm totally saving this recipe :). And I definitely buy things specifically for photographing! Lemons, cherries, artichokes, are a few that come to mind! I've also bought the 50% off baked goods when they're a couple of days old strictly for photographing them! They're relatively cheap at that point and it's a little past it's prime, so I won't be tempted to eat it :). I figure for the few bucks I spend on it, it's money well spent for the entertainment and practice I get out of it!! Your photos look wonderful! Nice job! :)

    1. Aww thanks Vicky :) They were soooo good and you'd never know I messed up the recipe! I never thought about buying the discount baked goods..what a great idea!!

  3. This look INCREDIBLE! I am totally bookmarking this blog! Thank you! :)

    1. I'm so glad you like it Elizabeth! I look forward to seeing many more comments from you :)