This is a favorite cake like lemon cookie of mine given to my mother when I was only 6 yrs. old, from a wonderful lady who lived down the street from us. We have always called them 'her' Lemon Balls... she is passed on now, but this recipe is made by my mother and I every Christmas!

Patti

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
48
Yield:
4 dozen
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Blend the white sugar and shortening until light. Beat in the eggs, milk, vanilla and 1 teaspoon lemon extract. Mix until well blended.

  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the shortening mixture. Mix until combined (the dough will be sticky). Drop spoonfuls of dough onto parchment paper lined baking sheets.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cookies cool then frost with icing.

  • To Make Icing: Combine the confectioners' sugar, water and lemon extract to taste. Beat until smooth and make icing thick enough to spread on cooled cookies

Nutrition Facts

97 calories; protein 1.3g 3% DV; carbohydrates 17.4g 6% DV; fat 2.6g 4% DV; cholesterol 11.8mg 4% DV; sodium 36.1mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
Quite nice. The cookies are puffy and cake like. The baking time was dead on when I used heaped teaspoons of the batter which as the recipe says is quite sticky. I added the zest of one lemon to it as well and would add more the next time along with more lemon extract. I have had so many requests for my variation on this recipe I can't tell you. It's a great basic starting place. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/18/2003
These were not my favorite. It's not that it was a bad recipe it's just that they didn't live up to all the rave reviews in my opinion. Yes they were cake like and the texture was great! They weren't quite has lemony as I had hoped for and they were kinda bland. Even though they weren't my favorite I'm still glad I tried this recipe. Thanks anyway Patti!:o) Read More
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41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
Quite nice. The cookies are puffy and cake like. The baking time was dead on when I used heaped teaspoons of the batter which as the recipe says is quite sticky. I added the zest of one lemon to it as well and would add more the next time along with more lemon extract. I have had so many requests for my variation on this recipe I can't tell you. It's a great basic starting place. Read More
(17)
Rating: 3 stars
12/18/2003
These were not my favorite. It's not that it was a bad recipe it's just that they didn't live up to all the rave reviews in my opinion. Yes they were cake like and the texture was great! They weren't quite has lemony as I had hoped for and they were kinda bland. Even though they weren't my favorite I'm still glad I tried this recipe. Thanks anyway Patti!:o) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2002
Very tasty cakelike cookie. My cookie scoop made cookies a little too big so I used tea spoons. A drop the size of a jawbreaker gumball worked best. The icing is a must but a little extra lemon extract and some yellow food coloring pepped it up nicely. These were divine with a cup of black coffee. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2003
I agree with everybody about how good they are! However I have made these several times and because it is such a wet dough I added almost 3/4 cup more flour and refrigerate for one hour and they are perfect! And oh so delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2009
This cookie is amazing! It has just the right amount of sweetness. I did go a little heavy on the lemon extract after reading some reviews. To make it even lower in calories I used egg substitute 1% milk and cut the glaze in half. With these changes it is only 72 calories per cookie. I didn't use shortening either I used unsalted butter (had to be a little bad) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2007
Really yummy cookies! I loved them -- perfect for giving away on Christmas cookie platters. I also really liked how easy the recipe was. The cookies taste like something my grandmother would make but were much easier! Note: These cookies taste equally as delicious with orange extract in the dough and icing. Also make sure to use the parchment paper called for when baking the cookies. Without it the cookies tend to brown too much on the bottom. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2005
These turned out perfectly. First of all though I wouldn't call them "balls"- they are more cookie-shaped with a cake-like consistency. I added more lemon extract to the batter; just taste the batter as you add to get to where you want. I also added a bit more extract to the icing and more water as well- 1 spoon at a time until I got the desired consistency. I put a few drops of yellow food coloring into the icing too so they screamed LEMON. Big success. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2005
This recipe was so good. I made them as part of my annual christmas baking but they didn't last that long. Highly recommended Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/29/2007
I am giving these 3 stars they were okay and a good place to start. For me a lemon cookie needs more lemon. I will make these again but instead of lemon extract I will use lemon zest in the dough and lemon juice in the icing. Read More
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