Pink Lemonade Cookies {No Food Coloring or Mix!}

Pink Lemonade Cookies from Healthy-Delicious.comI had a recipe all planned out to share with you today. I was so excited to share it, but then these pink lemonade cookies happened. You guys, these are insane. They very well might be the very best cookies I’ve ever made. I literally took one bite and started dancing all over my house. I couldn’t stand to have them not be the very next thing that I shared here. You need them in your life.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been completely obsessed with the idea of making pink lemonade cookies. I wanted them to be tart and lemony and perfectly chewy. And I didn’t want to use food coloring, lemon flavoring, or cake mix (which seems to be the secret ingredient of every other pink lemonade cookie recipe that I could find.)

It took me four tries to get them right, but it was so worth it.

Pink Lemonade Cookies from Healthy-Delicious.com

For drinking, I like lemonade that’s colored with a splash of cranberry juice. I tried cranberry in my first attempt at this recipe, but those cookies were major duds. The juice didn’t give them enough color or flavor. In fact, that batch didn’t taste like much of anything at all!

These cookies get their subtle pink blush from freshly pureed strawberries. There’s just enough to color them and give them a slight sweetness, but not enough to overpower the lemon. These are lemon cookies above all else, and they have all the bracing tartness that you would expect when taking a sip of freshly squeezed lemonade.

I wrapped up half of these (it was tough to part with them!) and shipped them off the Carrie from Bakeaholic Mama as part of this month’s Leftovers Club, where bloggers share their leftover goodies with each other. I was supposed to blog about that last week, but I missed it because these took me so long to perfect. I wanted to give it a mention here anyway. If you’re a food blogger and want to join in the fun, pop on over and check out the group! I hope Carrie loves these cookies as much as I do!

(I’d mail them to everyone if I could, but you’ll have to make them for yourself.)

Pink Lemonade Cookies from Healthy-Delicious.com

Pink Lemonade Cookies
 
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Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 8 Tablespoons butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 4 large strawberries
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoonsfresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 2½ cups Flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 350*F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment or silicon liners.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the berries and vanilla to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Add ⅓ cup of the strawberry puree, egg, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the butter and sugar mixture (discard any extra puree). Mix well.
  3. Stir in the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda until a wet dough forms.
  4. Pour the powdered sugar into a small dish. Drop 1 Tablespoon dough into the powdered sugar. Roll into a ball; shake off excess sugar. Repeat with remaining dough. Arrange on a cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake 9-12 minutes, until no longer wet (the tops of the cookies will be very shiny and slightly crinkled).
Notes
Adapted from these Lemon Crinkle Cookies

 Pink Lemonade Cookies from Healthy-Delicious.com

Comments

  1. I love that you use strawberries to make these pink! Strawberry lemonade is a favorite, so these cookies must be amazing!

  2. Great idea to use pureed strawberries. This says summertime to me and I can’t wait for the season to arrive. I am sure your mail delivery made someone very happy!

  3. YES! I *love* you for these!! I die a little inside every time I see a recipe with food coloring and cake mix. These are brilliant!

  4. I’m a sucker for “different”!! Pink lemonade cookies… YUM!!

  5. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    This is SO GENIUS. Love pink lemonade and love cookies, so… chyeah, I’m making these ASAP.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing about the Leftovers Club! It sounds really interesting and I may need to get involved.

  7. I used to always want pink lemonade in the summer when I was a kid but I haven’t drunk it in ages because of all that artificial coloring and flavor! These cookies are serious a dream come true for me!

  8. Pink Lemonade Cookies!!! your kidding… I love this… making it ASAP

  9. These sound and look wonderful! Lemon is one of my go-to dessert flavors.

  10. I have a couple of questions. You say to add the berries and butter to a food processor, but by that point, I’ve already creamed the butter and sugar together. Also, where does the vanilla come in? Please forgive my ignorance. I’m not a baker :-)

    • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says:

      It should say to add the berries and vanilla to the food processor (not the butter). Unfortunately I’ve managed to lock myself out of the site, but I’ll update the recipe as soon as I can! Thanks for pointing that out!

  11. These look like the perfect spring cookie! Love the pink color!

  12. Lauren,
    I understand your obsession–I have a similar thing with red velvet cake using beets for color, and the closest I’ve come is cookies. Back to you and your obsession.

    These cookies look so fresh and Springy–your photographs are outstanding! I just bet they taste delicious, and I’m going to try making this with raspberries I put up last summer. Raspberry lemonade is a favorite here.

    Thanks! I’ll be back!

  13. I love lemon cookies, and the pink from the strawberries makes these spectacular!

  14. Thanks for this recipe! I just made a batch tonight for my daughter’s first birthday party which is a pink lemonade theme! Super yummy!

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