Fashion & Food

Liz Lemon Cookies (and What Baking Has to Do With Style)

I bake to think about clothes. It may seem like an odd combination, but I find that baking is a way to problem solve. It’s not that I’m necessarily a great baker. In fact, I’ve caught my oven on fire numerous times and still can’t make an edible loaf of bread to save my life. Instead, baking is a way for me to think about clients, writing, life, and next steps with business without actually engaging with clothing.

It’s very similar to taking a shower. Have you ever been stuck with a problem and found that you came out of the shower with a great idea or answer? Somehow the back of your mind continues to work even though you are engaging with another task and poof! the answer reveals itself.

This weekend I baked lemon cookies.

(It’s amazing what a bag of lemons can do for a room. Placing them all in a bowl just cheers up everything.)

I found the below recipe for Lemon Tea Cookies on the blog My Madison Bistro, but I have renamed them Liz Lemon cookies.

Why Liz Lemon Cookies?

  • 30 Rock was playing in the background when I started baking.
  • I just finished Tina Fey’s autobiography, Bossypants. (Go get it. It’s a fantastic read.)
  • Her character, Liz Lemon, is open, smart, beautiful, and self-deprecating. Which is a great combination. Kind of like all the ingredients in this cookie.
  • I couldn’t read the title of the recipe without matching “Lemon Tea Cookies” with “Liz Lemon.”

Okay, so really these cookies have nothing to do with Tina Fey, but trust me when I say they are tart in a sassy kind of way and completely irresistible.

Liz Lemon Tea Cookies

for the cookies

3/4 cup unsalted butter

1 tsp lemon zest

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 1/4 c. flour

1/2 c. cornstarch

1/3 c. confectioners sugar

for the frosting

3/4 c. confectioners sugar, sifted

1/4 c. unsalted cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1 tsp lemon zest

1 tsp lemon juice


Cream butter, lemon zest, and juice until fluffy.In a separate bowl sift dry ingredients and mix into butter on low speed.

Divide in half. Shape each half into a 8×1 inch log and roll in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Cut into 1/4 inch rounds. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Cool and frost.

The texture of this cookie is delightful. They dissolve on your tongue.

Did I figure out my fashion / writing / client / business questions while baking? Well, sort of. I came away with a few new ideas. And lots of great cookies.


  1. Love Tina Fey! Bossypants was fabulous; I listened to the audiobook version, which she read, and that made it even funnier.

    I find I get my thinking done either a) in the shower or b) while gardening. Focusing the lizard brain on a simple activity allows the higher brain to roam free.

  2. Oooh – listening to the audiobook for Bossypants = such a great idea. Bet it was hilarious!

    Love it that you have those things that let your “lizard brain” work! I haven’t tried gardening before, but I can see how it would have the same sort of results. You are involved with creating something, but it releases a part of your mind to problem solve in other areas. That’s fantastic.


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