Lemon Sugar Cookies

Tis’ the season for sweets, treats and cookie exchanges! I am so excited to share with you a family recipe {from my great aunt} for lemon sugar cookies that I’m posting in honor of Fresh Direct’s 12 days of cookies on Instagram! I love these cookies so much because they are light and a great addition to a season filled with decadent treats plus they’re really easy to make!

Fun fact: My favorite part about making these cookies this time for this post is Fresh Direct had the prettiest pink lemons that I used in the recipe! I had never used them before but they have a really refreshing taste of a grapefruit and lemon combination and really were fun to use. I love being able to slightly change a recipe just with one ingredient. I think that grapefruit or orange sugar cookies would be an amazing type to try with the recipe too and will keep you posted how they turn out when I make them in the new year.


Lemon Sugar Cookies

Makes: 4 dozen cookies

Prep time: 5 minutes (plus chill time 5-10 minutes)

Cook time: 8-10 minutes

4 1/2 cups unsifted flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. salt

1 cup butter softened

1 cup regular sugar

2 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 tsp. lemon extract

The juice & zest of 2 lemons


Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add oil, lemon extract, lemon juice, and peel.  Add dry ingredients.  Mix well. Chill dough until firm. Roll into small balls and then roll the balls into sugar. Flatten with your palm and add to the baking sheet.


Bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown and the cookies are baked all the way through. Take them out of the oven and sprinkle more sugar on top before cooling. Let them rest on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack. Once cooled store them in an airtight container.


What’s your favorite holiday cookie to make and eat? I ‘d love to hear your favorite recipes and it can be like our own little cookie exchange on here!  Fresh Direct’s blog has more fun and festive recipes for the holiday and 11 other cookies from my favorite fellow instagrammers! Check it out here !





Class is in session: Chef Tom Douglas

With the holidays quickly approaching it’s time to stock up on tips, tricks and delicious recipes and what better way to do it then at Macy’s with chef Tom Douglas on Saturday 12/10. Your $25 ticket includes a seat in the class, a $10 Macy’s Gift Card and a copy of The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook at the event which chef Tom Douglas will sign for you personally.


Who: James Beard winner and Executive Chef Tom Douglas

What: Delicious afternoon with Macy’s Culinary Council and a behind the scenes look at his favorite holiday recipes

Where: Chef’s Street at Macy’s Herald Square – 151 West 34th Street, New York, 10001 Located on the all-new “One Below” level in Macy’s Herald Square.

When: Saturday 12/10 at 1:00PM



Please note: Thought this post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I am happy to share and support this delicious event!


1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila, MORE….

I can’t stop drinking, I mean sharing drink recipes with you! As if you need another reason to drink a margarita on a summer Friday.  Ok, just in case – It’s #NationalTequilaDay! Adding some Patrón Citronge Mango to a classic adds some fruity fun to this summer necessity!

Mango Margarita

2 oz Patrón Silver

1 oz Patrón Citronge Mango

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Spoonful of simple syrup

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks or Collins glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve with a straw.


What’s your favorite way to serve a margarita? Frozen? Fruity? On the rocks?

Drink Me I’m Irish


Green beer is great, but so is this beer & bourbon cocktail that will make you extra lucky on this St. Patrick’s day and all year round.


Wilde Oscar

  • 1 oz. Guinness Extra Stout
  • 1.5 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • .5 oz. Rich Simple Syrup
  • Dash of Botanical Bitters

Stir all ingredients in an ice filled mixing glass. Strain cocktail over a large ice cube. This cocktail is also delicious when made with the signature Guinness Draught. Garnish with a large orange peel and maraschino cherry.


Fun fact: Hooley is the Irish word for party! Check out more recipes, fun and shennangins at www.guinnesshooley.com.

Be my Valenshine

Love is in the air (and in your glass) with these festive Valentine’s recipes from Ole Smoky Moonshine.


Sex on the Moon

2 parts Ole Smoky® Peach Moonshine, 1part juice from Ole Smoky® Moonshine Cherries, 3 parts pineapple juice, splash of lemon lime soda, garnish with Ole Smoky® Moonshine cherries’®

Moonshine Cherry Amaretto

1part juice from Ole Smoky® Moonshine Cherries, 2 parts Ole Smoky® White Lightnin’, 2 parts amaretto, Top with cola

Cherry Lime Lightnin’

2 parts Ole Smoky® White Lightnin’, 1 part juice from Ole Smoky® Moonshine Cherries, top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with Ole Smoky® Moonshine Cherries, lime

Cherry Pop (Cola or Lemon lime)

Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries and Cola or sub Lemon Lime soda. Garnished with Ole Smoky Moonshine marinated Cherries.