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Lemonia Cookies Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Lemonia Cookies

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"A real old fashioned lemon cookie that uses bakers' ammonia as leavening. It is not widely available like it once was, but can often be found at the drugstore."

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Original recipe makes 8 dozen cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    55 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Dissolve the ammonia in the milk, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the lard and sugar until smooth. Mix in the lemon oil, eggs, and salt. Stir in the milk alternately with the flour to form a soft but manageable dough. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls. Place 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten the cookies using the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
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Aug 06, 2003

This is just the recipe I was looking for! I was able to get the baker's amonia at a local pharmacy, but you can also get it from the King Arthur Baking Company. My dough was too sticky for rolling into balls so I used two soup spoons and dropped the dough onto the cookie sheet - then used the glass dipped in sugar to flatten. I had substituted 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup crisco instead of lard...the butter probably caused the stickiness. I also made a light lemon frosting and my family LOVES THEM! Next time I will try all crisco and see if they are less sticky. You could easily cut this recipe in half and still have plenty of cookies.

Nov 24, 2008

These are a true lemon cookie. The baking amonia is an ingredient missing in modern recipes. Get some and use it in other recipes... it makes a great flavor and texture. My grandmother made these and my Dad (now 90) has been hungry for them for many years.. Merry Christmas to him (and to all of us who got some). He hides them so no one will get his "good" cookies. I assure him he will get more - we all love them!! Worth the effort of getting the baking amonia.


5 Ratings

Nov 27, 2006

These were soooo good. The consistency of mine were perfect (I used Crisco). They rolled into balls easily. Maybe my eggs were a little smaller than the previous reviewer. Great recipe. Thanks!

May 06, 2012

This is a nice cookie. I used orange since I didn't have lemon and crisco. I made half of the batch with ground up walnuts I wanted to use up. I liked the ones with the walnuts best I think., but they were both tasty

May 15, 2013

Great cookie! Well worth buying lemon oil and bakers ammonia. I chilled the dough overnight and used a small ice cream scoop to measure dough.


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  • Calories
  • 72 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.4 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 2.4 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 16 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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