Recipe for lemon cookies with strawberry frosting; These strawberry lemonade cookies are easy to make with fresh strawberries! Cake mix lemon cookies and easy fresh strawberry frosting.
I’ve been noticing lately how many of my stories begin with the phrase, “So I went to Costco….”
So, I went to Costco and came home with a giant box of strawberries. Gorgeous, sweet, juicy strawberries. I wanted nothing more than to bake with them.
Only, baking with strawberries is a total disaster. TOTAL. They have such a high water content, they completely change the chemistry of anything you might want to make strawberry-flavored.
Don’t believe me? Check for yourself. Google “strawberry cookies” and notice that they are all made with strawberry cake mix, or freeze dried berries, or even strawberry milk mix. Which actually doesn’t sound bad, but it doesn’t help me use up the 4 pounds of fresh berries in my fridge either.
I ate a few plain berries with this Key Lime Fruit Dip while I thought about it.
My second idea was to make strawberry frosting. I went all out and spent a half hour on a batch of Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Either I am really bad at Swiss meringue buttercream, or it is fussier than I was led to believe.
True story: after my meringue frosting disaster, I dropped onto my bed in frustration, only to have my husband point out (quite animatedly and repeatedly, actually) that I had frosting all over my face.
No, I did not go into a homicidal rage. But I did contemplate it.
In the end, the frosting was far easier than I expected it to be. However, I did learn one very important trick.
The trick is to create a puree ahead of time, that has been reduced. This concentrates the strawberry flavor, and reduces the water content. Let it cool, and you’ll have no trouble at all mixing it with butter and powdered sugar to make one tasty fresh berry buttercream.
Which is perfect, because the cookies were crazy easy, too. Summery, easy, and delicious… it’s the trifecta of perfect cookies!
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Cake Batter Dip
- 1 box lemon cake mix
- ½ cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- 3 T. butter, softened
- 3 T. strawberry puree *(see notes)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Mix all ingredients until well combined. Drop small spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes.
- Combine all ingredients, and mix until smooth and soft.
- Frost the bottom side of one cooled cookie, and sandwich it with a second cookie of a similar size.