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Meyer Lemon Oatmeal Cookies

Meyer Lemon Oatmeal Cookies are sweet, tart, buttery, and have the perfect amount of chew. Perfect with Meyer lemons in season or any lemons year round!Meyer Lemon Oatmeal Cookies

There are sooo many days that I sit down to type out a post and draw a complete blank, which is weird because I feel like my mind is constantly buzzing with words.

I think in my head I must feel like I need to save all the words for later, for a more thought-provoking article submitted somewhere more appropriate because dang it, you came here for cookies!!!

But.     It’s my blog so I’m going to throw out some thoughts. I hope you don’t mind.

If you DO mind, just take the cookies and run.

 

First. I am currently pulling together some totally random strings on a project that is very near and dear to my heart: Tackling food & nutritional education PLUS easier access to farmer’s markets for SNAP/EBT benefit recipients. For those of you that are not in the know, SNAP/EBT is more commonly referred to as the dreaded food stamps.

I’ve been inspired by so many things, but namely the shock and awe that I feel about the terrifying contents of other people’s grocery carts (see THIS POST for more thoughts on the topic), the tendency of my generation to opt for expensive frozen pancakes instead of the inexpensive flour, milk, & eggs needed to make more pancakes than you could ever eat in a month, and the disdain shown by the general public for people that depend on supplements to feed their families.

Meyer Lemon Oatmeal Cookies

Lack of confidence in the kitchen spans across all socioeconomic boundaries, but my focus here is on the people that need the resources the most. Bad diet contributes to bad health and many of the families that rely on SNAP benefits also rely on government-funded health care.

These issues affect regular working people. The girl at the drive-thru that serves up your 99 cent Bojangles biscuit for minimum wage in the mornings. The stockers at the grocery store. ‘Ol Buddy that rings up your gas purchases or finds you spark plugs in the auto parts store (Do you shop for spark plugs? I don’t. But I just thought I should include some boy things).

You can’t pay your bills and feed a family on $10/hour, no matter how many hours you work. So benefits for all the people that serve us are really really important.

So is education. And access to local fresh foods. And the desire to feed your kids good things and teach them healthy kitchen habits that will walk with them through life.

Meyer Lemon Cookie Recipe

(I realize the irony of talking about health and sharing cookies.)

I’m talking about cooking classes. Meal planning. Grocery lists. Recipe adapting. Farmer’s Market access. Supplying kitchen tools. Sharing. Sharing. Sharing.

I am obviously not a qualified nutritionist (helloooo look at all the cookies!), but am a pretty proficient home cook and I do make all of the food I post here on an itty bitty budget. I am so eager to extend my kitchen love out into the community.

My inner self wants to start a revolution. But in like, a really happy way.

Obviously I have to start small here. I know you guys come to read my ramblings from all over the world, but this project will currently be for my home county in North Carolina. However! If you have input or positive juju or marketing experience or a background in nutrition… if you think you might be able to help with input in any small way, please email me ( heather {at} sugardishme {dot} com ) or Facebook me or leave me a comment!

Thanks in advance. I heart all of you.

Meyer Lemon Oatmeal Cookies

Oh! Let me tell you about these cookies really quick.

THEY ROCK. The boys inhaled them. I think Chad took about 10 of them to work one day. And he doesn’t share.

You can make them with or without the glaze– the lemon zest is enough to citrus them up either way. If you can’t find Meyer lemons, regular lemons will do just fine.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Meyer Lemon Oatmeal Cookies
 
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Serves: 36-42
Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Meyer lemons, zested
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup vanilla Greek non-fat yogurt
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • * 1½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • * the juice from the Meyer Lemons you zested (1/4- ½ cup)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350.
  2. Place the sugar and lemon zest in a medium bowl and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is slightly moist and fragrant; 1- 2 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and Greek yogurt. Add the zested sugar and the brown sugar and beat until fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt. Add this to the wet mixture and beat until just combined.
  6. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the oats.
  7. Spoon the cookie dough onto an ungreased baking sheet about a tablespoon at a time. I like to roll the dough into balls.
  8. Bake for 9- 10 minutes
  9. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. While the cookies cool, make the glaze. Put the juice from the Meyer lemons into a medium bowl. Whisk in the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time to reach the desired consistency. You can add more sugar if you like a thicker glaze.
  11. Lay a piece of wax paper down, spread the cooled cookies on top of it, and spoon the glaze over the cookies. Let the glaze set for a few minutes before serving.

 

Love Meyer Lemons? You should check out…

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Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

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