Thirteen Years of Ham ‘N Goodys Lemon Cookies

July 15, 2016 at 10:28 am | Posted in Desserts | 2 Comments
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There’s a fabulous sandwich shop in Tennessee called Ham ‘N Goodys.  But what makes it really fabulous is the Goodys part of the name – they have a fantastic bakery with delicious cookies and cakes.

My favorite was always the lemon glazed cookies, so much so that I was on the lookout for a recipe many, many years ago.  The well worn, well loved recipe that I found to be the best is no longer available online.  It came from the Knoxville News-Sentinel, and it was republished on  a website called Tennessee Hillbilly that no longer exists.  I printed out this recipe exactly thirteen years ago tomorrow – July 16, 2003!  (P.S. Thanks to my dad for supporting my packrat nature and locating this recipe copy within about 60 seconds of me asking for it.)

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The News Sentinel now supplies a difference version of the recipe, without cake mix, which I have also made and which is not as good.

The only change I make from the recipe above is to cook the cookies at 350 instead of 375, as my oven runs hot.

You will need:

  • 1 package lemon cake mix (I have used DH and BC – same results)
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (for the glaze)
  • 2 T. lemon juice (for the glaze)
  • 1 t. grated lemon rind (for the glaze – optional, and I never include this)

Heat the oven to 350.

Combine the cake mix, lemon juice, oil, and eggs.  Form balls about the size of golf balls.  The larger the cookie, the softer they will be.  At 350, you will need to cook them for 10 minutes.

Combine the ingredients for the glaze and apply to the cookies.  The original receipt says to let the cookies cool before doing this, but I don’t usually, and it’s fine.

I have found one batch makes about 16 3-inch cookies.  Let the glaze dry for a few hours and there you have it!

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Orange Brownies

January 24, 2016 at 2:37 pm | Posted in Desserts | 1 Comment


I’ll admit, I’ve done a terrible job at keeping up with the blog.  But I’m trapped in my house today, so I might as well get one post added.  Just hoping it’s not my only post for 2016!

Orange brownies used to be my go-to for UT tailgating.  In fact, I’m shocked they are not already in the blog!  Here they are in all of their creamy, citrusy glory.  Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen.

You’ll need:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
4 eggs
2 teaspoons pure orange extract
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 recipe Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons softened butter
1 (1-pound) box confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice

Then, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan.

Orange Brownies:

Stir together flour, granulated sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add butter, eggs, orange extract, and orange zest. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven, allow to cool and pierce entire cake with a fork. Spread the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting over completely cooled brownies. Cut into squares.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting:

In a large mixing bowl, whip the butter and cream cheese together with a hand-held electric mixer. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until it is all combined and smooth. Beat in the orange zest and juice. Spread over brownies.

Yum!  Go Vols!

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