Chewy Lemon Cookies

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This is the first time i’ve ever made lemon cookies, and they are delicious!  I found the recipe on allrecipies.com, but used butter instead of vegetable oil, making them richer.  For something that came out of a cake mix, these are fantastic.  They took about 5 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to bake — super easy.  Give them a try!

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Lemon Cookies

Makes 2 dozen small cookies

1 18.25 oz. box of lemon cake mix

2 eggs

1/3 cup melted butter (or vegetable oil)

1 teaspoon lemon extract (optional)

1/2 cup powdered sugar, for coating.

1. Preheat the oven to 375

2. Beat the eggs slightly, then add them into a big bowl with the cake mix, eggs, and lemon extract.  Mix.

3. Once a dough has formed, use a spoon to make little balls.  Roll each ball in the powdered sugar until coated.  Place onto an ungreased cookies sheet.

4. Cook for about 9 minutes or until the cookies set.  Enjoy!

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Chocolate Pecan Coconut Crunch Cookies

I had no reason to make these.

I was simply sitting on the couch at the yellow house when Kate popped up out of no where and said:

“I really want some cookies.”  I thought a second, and then yelled “No!”

I was fighting the urge.  I didn’t want anymore sweets on account that I had been eating so much sugar over the past couple of days.

With obvious disappointment, Kate said okay, and sat on the couch.

I turned my attention back to Paula Dean making some sort of chocolate cake.

…..Dangit, I thought to myself, I really want some cookies.

You’ll never guess what I did next.  I made cookies…

Pecan Coconut Chocolate Chip to be exact.

I do these things to myself all the time.  I say I won’t tempt myself, but I end up baking a dozen cookies.  Why does that happen?

I originally got this recipe from Allrecipes.com, but I added a bunch of stuff to it, to make it even better.

Once I had made the cookies, I wanted to photograph them.  But how?

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery.

I figured, since I’m new to this blogging thing (and made these oh-so-delicious cookies), I needed to look towards the big dogs to get some inspiration for my photos.  (My cookies deserve better than my expertise in snapshots).  So I searched  some of my favorite blogs and found great photos.  I then ventured out into the unknown and tried to replicate them.

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First off, I’ll show you the photo from Bakeat350.

(From Bake at 350)


Look at how beautiful these look.

I want one.  Now.

She has the focus on the closest cookie, and it’s gushing chocolate all over.  I love having things in the background, like she has the cookies on the sheet.

Here’s my attempt with my cookies.

Not bad eh?

I have to say I am proud of this.

My closest cookie is definitely in full focus.  The only difference is that the background cookies are farther away, so they’re harder to focus on.

Don’t they look yummy?

And so golden brown?

Photo 2

Another Bakeat350 pic.

(From Bake at 350)

The arrangement is so pretty, and I love the bright plate.  Also, the shadowing is awesome; it looks like the light is coming from the right.

My attempt.

I was rather sad at how poorly my lighting came out.  Maybe I took them at the wrong part of the day?

I know it’s good to have some shadows, but mine are taking over this picture.  I swear this was the best one – however pathetic that may sound.  I’ll just have to deal with it.

Now it’s time to look at another one of my favorite blogs, ClosetCooking.

This guy is awesome, no joke.  I don’t understand how he gets such amazing pictures.  Every single one looks like it should be featured in a magazine.

The pictures that I’m mimicking are some of his more simple arrangements, but if you check out his blog you’ll be in awe of his more intricate photos.

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(From Closet Cooking)

Can you say gooey?

This cookie looks like I can grab it right out of the picture.

I want my pictures to bring my creations to life (and make viewers hungry), and this picture does just that.

Get ready for my gooey pick..

Tada!!

I love this picture.  So yummy.

I even got a piece of coconut in the picture!  Yes, yes I know, I’m amazing.

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Now for the final pic.  It’s one of the simplest, but it looks awesome.

(From Closet Cooking)

So simple, yet delicious – just like chocolate chip cookies.

Now my turn.

Believe it or not, I had the most trouble with this one.  It took me forever to make a triangle that didn’t look lopsided.  I had to switch around the sizes of the cookies for several minutes.

It’s not amazing, but it’s not bad either.  The camera I used wouldn’t focus on all three of the cookies, only one.  Maybe I’ll go out and buy a more expensive camera…Not.

It’s true that photography is all about lighting.  My pictures came out so much better when I waited until the sun was shining throughout the house.  And these little mimics helped me out a lot.  I’m definitely doing them again in the future!

Chocolate Pecan Coconut Crunch Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/8 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.  Add the vanilla and egg to the butter mixture, and mix.  In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture, and mix.  Fold in the chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut.
  3. Bake on a cookie sheet for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown on the edges.
  4. Enjoy with a cold glass of milk.