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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
  • 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)
  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…

Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake recipe

Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

Meyer Lemon Mimosas

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Winter Citrus Bars

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Simply Tia

Saturday 9th of March 2013

Ohhhh I like these babies!!!!


Wednesday 6th of March 2013

Meyer lemons! I love lemony goodness so much. These cookies are both healthy and indulgent. My favourite kinds. ;-)

And reg your notes on how people seem to be so incompetent, inconfident in the kitchen these days. I was very saddened and surprised when I realize most of my peers were either disinterested or just afraid to cook. I started my blog out as a way to share with people my own journey as a homecook as well as to tell them that cooking is not daunting. It's like a science project that you can eat. I wish more people would realize that it probably takes less effort to cook a simple fried rice for lunch than to drive out to a restaurant to get some. Or worse... frozen meals.


Wednesday 6th of March 2013

Well I bought a meyer lemon today solely because I saw this post and had to have one haha Wish I could have the cookies to go with it lol Anyhow I commend your efforts on having farmers market access for food stamp holders I think that's great! Personally I believe that food stamps should only be allowed to buy meat and dairy, fruits and vegetables. The fact that people can buy ice cream and cookies and crap like that is total BS considering we're the ones paying for is that even helping them, it's not, it's making them unhealthy causing them to have medical problems and we pay for that as well...stupid system really. So yeah, I think that's awesome to push for farmers markets I think it can help promote healthy eating and fighting obesity in children! I say go to legislation on this and campaign!!! I totally support it!!


Wednesday 6th of March 2013

Okay. So here is my totally liberal and unapologetic view on buying junk food with food stamps: I'm cool with it. And I'll tell you why. Because people are people, regardless of their economic status. When my kids were small I worked 3 jobs (1 full time and 2 part time) and went to school with a full-time course-load. I did not make enough to support my tiny family. I was issued food stamps. Sometimes on the weekend I worked 30 hours straight only stopping to change clothes and go from one job to the next. If I couldn't go home and eat a bowl of ice cream after that ... I mean I was extra broke but sometimes it really is the small things, you know? I used my EBT benefits to but a can of Starbucks Doubleshot to keep my eyes open. And now this kind of scenario applies to even more people because so many are underemployed. Roofers that bake in the hot sun all day. Migrant workers that actually help to farm the food. Restaurant staff. It's expensive to eat. And low wages keep costs low for the rest of us. Food and health care are such basic human needs you know? The trick to all of it is moderation. Education is key. You can buy Little Debbie Cakes on the tax payers dime. Just don't eat the whole box in one sitting. And balance it with fresh greens and fruit and healthy protein. That's my message. I guess I'm kind of passionate about it because I've walked a mile or fifteen, you know? Let me know what you do with your Meyer Lemon!! ~H


Wednesday 6th of March 2013

I'm also excited about your project! It's so easy to look down on others, but part of the reason they may be buying those expensive pancakes is they don't know how easy and cheap it is to make them. Same is true with biscuits, even bread! Thank you for caring about others. :-)


Thursday 7th of March 2013

Thank YOU for caring about all the pets! Really though, so many people just don't know how to cook simple things. I don't know about you, but if I feel like it's a hassle & I don't know better, I don't change. So! I wanna share. Had a super encouraging meeting this morning--- planning for lift off!!


Wednesday 6th of March 2013

I think this is such a wonderful idea! I'm so proud to know someone who'll stand up and do something like this :) I don't have much advice to offer (not having the first lcue how stuff works over there) BUT some schools I've worked in in the past have had either day visits or after school clubs not just for the kids, but for families to learn to cook healthy meals together. I'm not sure whther maybe you'd need some kind of nutrition certificate for it though, but it's a thought! If you did - what about trying to set up an informal group to do the same thing - like a mums afternoon group on a weekday - advertise it as an informal get together and cook something at the same time - sites like meetup or local libraries, shops, schools...I don't know, sort of thinking 'out loud', but either way PLEASE keep us posted on how it goes and I am crossing everything for you!


Thursday 7th of March 2013

I really like the afterschool club idea! That's kind of my starting point except I'm going to try to utilize church kitchens because they are plentiful here and churches are in the business of giving back to the community. I will totally keep you posted!! I am so excited!