I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Gentlemen Prefer Cookies!

Remember going to a bar or a club to meet men? Well I found out this morning that bars and clubs are a thing of the past. If you really want to get a man interested entice him with cookies! This little piece of knowledge came my way in the form of an innocent phone call to my grandmother (88 yrs.) and aunt (91 yrs.) in Florida. My grandmother answered the phone and said, “Guess what your aunt and I are doing today”? We are having a nice gentleman over to teach him how to bake cookies. After my mouth dropped for a second I thought, how cute. It turns out my aunt Jay had been giving some of her cookies to her mail carrier who in turn shared some of the cookies with a friend of his. Well his friend loved them and wanted to know who made them, long story short the man was introduced to my aunt, they became friends and today at 1:00 pm he is having lunch with my grandmother and aunt who are then both going to teach him how to bake Italian lemon cookies.

Italian Lemon Cookies

4 cups flour
1 cup of sugar
8 Teaspoons of baking powder
3 eggs
3/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup of butter, softened
4 Teaspoons of lemon extract
1 Teaspoon of lemon zest (optional)

Mix all ingredients together (by hand or mixer). Drop onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes.

1 box confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon of lemon extract
3 Tablespoons of Milk (should be runny enough to drizzle, if too thick add a little more milk)

Mix and pour over cookies as desired.


Gretchen Noelle said...

Wow! These sound great! I love just about anything with lemon!

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Julie said...

Enjoy, Gretchen

Patricia Scarpin said...

Isn't that lovely?
He's gonna get loads of fans with these cookies!

Julie said...

I know Patricia, it really is very sweet.

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Ok, that story just made my day. I just read the news and was pretty convinced the world is filled with selfish, self-centered, destructive people.
Then there's your grandmother and aunt. What a great story and great recipe!

Julie said...

You are welcome Catherine and thank you for making my day. You reaffirmed my reasons for creating "Noshtalgia" which is to transport people to a simpler place and hopefully leave them with a smile.

Alpa said...

OMG, your aunt & grandma sound like they're a hoot! It's so nice that they still find pleasure in baking (and teaching nice gentlemen:))

Julie said...

They are Alpa, it's never a dull moment with the two of them.

Lidian said...

Those cookies sound divine - and yes, gentlemen are most impressed and thrilled with cookies.

Julie said...

Well Lidian as the old saying goes; "The way to a mans heart is through his stomach"!

Tracy said...

Cute story!

What are the cookies like? My favorite deli (Bernunzio's) serves Italian lemon cookies that are wonderful -- very tender and lemony. Almost cakey. I'm dying to make some cookies like those.

Julie said...

Tracy these cookies are very light and cakey as well, if you want them a little crisper just bake about 3 to 5 minutes more.