Lemony Snickerdoodles

A cookie recipe inspired by the best children's books, because Lemony Snicket is clearly the name of a cookie.

A Series of Unfortunate Events follows the three Baudelaire orphans as they are pursued by Count Olaf, a distant relative scheming to steal their inheritance.

Daniel Handler writes as his pseudonymous character, Lemony Snicket, a man with a mysterious past. Snicket interjects himself into the text with wordplay and darkly humorous observations.

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.
— The Bad Beginning, Lemony Snicket

My first experience with the books were in the form of the audiobooks. Tim Curry's performance oozes eeriness. From his delivery of Lemony Snicket's first warning that "If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle," I was charmed.

Handler saturates the series with irony and wordplay, yet he never looses sight of the story of three orphaned children experiencing the everyday process of growing up without their parents to guide them. Through its especially dark subject matter, the series provides lessons on coping with sadness and fear, and although their adventures are incredible, the characters are very emotionally real.

I started my recipe by using the lemon cookies at the Ham 'N Goodys bakery in Knoxville as a taste comparison; they are conclusively and incontrovertibly the best cookies for sale in Tennessee. The only bad thing I have to say about the Ham 'N Goodys cookies are they really push the edge of being too sweet, so for my cookie I wanted to replicate the taste and texture but turn down the sugariness a notch. After some research and a bajillion test batches, I came up with this recipe for a lemon snickerdoodle with lemon icing. 

Recipe

Makes 6 cookies

Ingredients

  1. 120 g flour
  2. 100 g sugar
  3. Zest of 1 medium lemon
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  6. 1 egg white
  7. 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
  8. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1/2 teaspoon butter flavor

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix the wet ingredients in a large bowl
  3. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate small bowl
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, string till completely mixed before adding more.
  5. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet
  6. Flatten cookie dough balls in to 1/4 inch thick circles
  7. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees
  8. Add icing

Icing Ingredients

  1. 150 g confectioners sugar
  2. 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Icing Directions

  1. Melt butter in a small pot and add lemon juice
  2. Slowly stir in confectioners sugar

This recipe and recommendation was featured on Episode 12: Halloween Spooktacular 2015