I first came across a couple different versions of this recipe over the summer and made some with the kids. We loved them! They taste like summer, they are light and tangy and just the right amount of sweet. I think it's a little bit genius to make a lemon cookie using concentrated lemonade (the frozen kind) - you get all that great lemon flavor, but it's so quick and easy! I use an organic lemonade concentrate, so it does not contain high fructose corn syrup.
I of course had to tinker with the recipe a bit to suit our taste, so here is my version.
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
3/4 cup lemonade concentrate (the frozen kind)
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Thaw your lemonade concentrate. I do this by setting the can in a bowl of hot water while I get the rest of the ingredients ready. Preheat oven to 350 (or 300 convection).
The usual cookie method: cream butter & sugar (in this case, honey). Then add eggs, vanilla, and lemonade concentrate. Mix together dry ingredients. Then fold wet into dry. Stir gently, just enough to moisten all the flour. This keeps the cookies very light and soft.
I do all the wet part in my Vitamix. This lets you make it with cold butter. I hate having to wait for butter to soften. Put the honey and cold butter in the blender. Pulse on and off, and push down with a spatula, until they are creamed together. Have patience, this takes a few minutes. But it's a heck of a lot quicker than waiting for butter to soften. Once blended with the rest of the wet ingredients you end up with something very light which, when folded gently into the flour, makes for a very light and soft cookie.
Drop spoonfuls (or I use a small cookie scoop) on baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes, depending on size. This will make at least 2 dozen, but probably more depending on how big you make them.
If you want them extra lemony, use a cup of the lemonade concentrate. Or you can brush the tops with a bit of it before baking. To make them look a little extra fancy you could dust them with powdered sugar.