These lemonade cookies are pure lemony fun! A copy cat recipe of the Girl Scout Cookies called Lemonades or Lemon Ups that feature inspirational messages stamped on top! It's a buttery lemon shortbread drizzled with a tangy lemon icing. If you love lemon flavoured baked goods you'll love these!
Lemon Ups are a new Girl Scout cookie for 2020 and people were very excited about these. They're said to be a modern version of the Girl Scout Lemonade cookies but these updated ones have messages like "I am a Leader", "I am Bold", "I am an Innovator", "I am Gutsy" and "I am Strong". I love that there will be a generation of girls that see these as positive female traits.
These Lemon Ups are my last copycat cookies from my batch of Girl Scout Cookies that Ivy gave me. I left the most difficult til last. They seem deceptively easy (the hardest were definitely the dosidos peanut butter cookies) but the thing that I really loved about these lemonade or lemon ups (apart the tangy flavour) were inspirational message.
The main differences in taste about this is that there is no butter in Girl Scout Cookies. Lemonades and Lemon Ups are actually one of their vegan cookies along with Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties (from ABC Bakers), Thanks-A-Lot and S'mores. They use soybean and palm oil in their lemon ups instead of butter. The butter and egg that I used makes these cookies less crisp and more melty like shortbread but it's very similar.
I have to tell you about how I came about getting the saying on top of the cookie! I had one cookie left of the batch. It read "I am a Go Getter" and I stuck it in the freezer for when I was ready to make them which to me might have been never unless I saw that someone was selling the cutter online. Then Mr NQN saw the cookie and asked me about them and I told him that I was waiting until someone sold the cutter because to me, the messages were one of the more crucial parts to the Lemon Up cookie.
"I can 3D print you one," he said casually. Last year he had bought himself a 3D printer with dreams of printing all sorts of things. Except it lay dormant. He did print one thing as a test but other than that it lay unused as inspiration failed to strike. I took pictures of the cookie and he created a 3D model for it. After a couple of goes (the first one melted when I washed it in hot water as the plastic is heat sensitive), he handed me the cutter!
My colour is more yellow than theirs as they use annatto in their cookies for colour (odd because annatto is more orange red than yellow) and as a result their cookie does look more orange red and yellow. As you can see, their detailing is sharper but still I am so happy with how they turned out! And Mr NQN got some use out of this 3D printer!
So tell me Dear Reader, have you ever tried Lemonades or Lemon Ups? Have you ever tried 3D printing? Do you have any suggestions for things he can print?
The Girl Scout Lemon Up cookie on the right
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Lemonade Cookies Or Lemon Ups
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5 readers
An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes per tray
- 125g/4ozs. butter, softened
- 100g/3.5ozs. caster or superfine sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- A few drops yellow food colouring
- 225g/8ozs. plain all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- Pinch salt
For icing drizzle
- 65g/2.3ozs icing or powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2-3 tablespoons hot water
Step 1 - Line two trays with parchment. Beat the butter and sugar together for 3-4 minutes until pale and fluffy. Whisk the colouring with the egg and then add to the butter mixture and beat until smooth. Add the flour, lemon zest and salt and mix by hand to incorporate. It should not be too sticky, if it is add more flour. Roll out onto parchment and place on tray and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
Step 2 - After 1 hour take out of the fridge and allow to warm up slightly for 5 minutes. Then cut out rounds with a 6cm/2.4 inch cutter. Place cookies back on parchment and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 180C/350F and bake for 12 minutes or until cooked. Cool on a baking rack.
Step 3 - Sift icing sugar into a bowl and add lemon juice and enough hot water to make a spreadable icing. Spread the icing on the base of the cookies and allow to set with the icing side up.