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Flashback Friday - Lemon Lassies

For Flashback Friday, I've chosen these cookies which originally came from an old Pillsbury cookie book. I made them again this past week with the help of my 3 year old granddaughter who was delighted to demonstrate some of the steps while I snapped the pictures.
They freeze well but seldom make it that far at our house. 

Lemon Filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup medium sweetened coconut
  1. Combine all ingredients except coconut in an 8 cup microwaveable bowl and beat well until blended. 
  2. Stir in coconut.
  3. Cook at 30 second intervals until mixture thickens, stirring well each time before returning to microwave.(you can also do this on the stove over low heat. Stir mixture constantly until thickened.)
  4. Set aside to cool while you mix the cookie dough.
Cookie Dough
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fancy molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. In large mixer bowl, combine butter, sugar, egg and molasses.  Mix well.
  2. Add dry ingredients and mix just until dough forms a ball.
  3. Divide dough into 4 parts.
  4. Working with one part at a time, make a long roll about 12- 14 inches long.
  5. Flatten it  on a cookie sheet with your hands to make a 5 inch wide strip.
  6. Spoon 1/4 of filling down the middle of the strip.
  7. Using a spatula, roll the sides towards the middle, covering most of the filling.  Leave a narrow strip of the lemon filling exposed.
  8. Repeat with remaining 3 parts dough. I usually place 2 strips on each cookie sheet.
  9. Bake at 350ยบ for 12 - 14 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and cut each strip crosswise into 1 inch pieces while still warm. (I use a bench scraper)  You can cut them at right angles or on the diagonal.
  11. Remove to brown paper, or a rack and cool.
  12. These keep very well stored in a covered container between layers of waxed paper.


  1. I make a variation of these as a Christmas cookie... but hey, I guess they are too good to just enjoy once a year! A nice chewy cookie, kind of like a ginger snap with a lemon filling.

  2. I love lemon and I've never had these . . yet. I thought for a bit they would turn out with a second bake to make. . what is that called ?
    Well these look delicious Bev.

  3. Boy I really need to do better on the timing of when I come to check out these recipes. Note to self "come only after having a satisfying meal that is filling your tummy" This looks great...

  4. i have never even heard of these, i love recipes that are completely new to me, they look really yummy.

  5. We have enjoyed these at Bev's home and they are yummy. I was hoping you would submit this recipe Bev. KAthy

  6. What's not to like?? Lemon, coconut, molasses and the list goes on! Yummy..thanks Bev!
    Were you thinking biscotti, Lovella?

  7. I have never seen or heard of these before. I tried them today. Yum. And they don't taste too sweet either.

  8. These cookies are so delicious! All my friends and family that I've made them for love them! Thank you!

  9. I entered these in our county fair in 1983. They were the grand prize cookie and best of show for the culinary department. I've found pillisbury bake-off recipies to be very reliable.

  10. I've never heard of this one and I used to buy those Pillsbury recipe booklets. Thank you as I love anything lemon or citrus for that matter. Have a nice weekend and how nice to have a little helper.

  11. well, I just bought a bag lemons, an impulse buy, and now I know why! Thank you!

  12. Oh wow - those sure sound good Bev! I must tag this recipe and try them soon. So sweet that you had such an efficient "model" help you demonstrate the method - what fun! Hope all is well with you!

  13. Made these today and they were really enjoyed by all!


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