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So there’s another reason besides the heat that there hasn’t been much cooking going on in my house. You see, I’ve been working on a new job. It’s a job that I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid, and I really thought I would have been able to obtain it before now, but life always seems to throw curveballs at you! It’s a job that is purely on a volunteer basis – no pay at all. And it takes lots of preparation. And I’ll be working 24 hours a day instead of just 8.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen – I’m pregnant. I’m so excited, and I can’t even explain all of the emotions I’m going through right now. But my life at home has slowed down big time. I’m at the tail end of the first trimester, and thank goodness I’ve been pretty lucky. Basically no morning sickness (or afternoon sickness or night sickness!) but this child wipes me out of every ounce of energy I have. So there have not been many meals made at our house, unless you include grilled cheese sandwiches or bowls of cereal.

We decided last year that we would start trying to have a baby in January. So I decided to prepare my blog. I’ve seen quite a few food bloggers become pregnant, and all of a sudden, their blogs become empty. And I totally don’t blame them!! Especially those that have morning sickness or major food aversions. But I started stockpiling recipes, knowing that there wouldn’t be as much food made. And I’m hoping that I get my energy back soon, because those achieves are becoming quickly empty. So hopefully, I’ll be able to keep my posting schedule up.

I haven’t had too many major cravings or aversions, but this baby does not like sweets. Not that they make me sick to eat, but I just have no desire for them at all, which is a totally new thing to me. I’m used to baking 2 or 3 times a week, but I can probably count on one hand all the times I’ve baked in the last 3 months. And all of those were for either Daring Bakers challenges or other people’s birthdays. No recreational baking is going on in my kitchen. (Which may be a good thing since I don’t want to be one of those pregnant women that end up gaining 70 pounds!) So I’ll bring you a virtual treat, because even though I may not want to make and eat sweets right now, I still have no problem looking at them!

I actually made these quite a few months ago, after I had first bought my copy of Martha Stewart’s Cookies. Being a lemon lover, and knowing that I had some cream cheese that needed using, these were a no brainer. The only complaint I had about these cookies was too much cookie and not enough filling. But as I looked on Martha’s website today, I saw that the recipe listed online has the same amount of filling, but the cookie ingredients are cut in half. I’m not sure why they changed this when they published the book. The recipe below is from the book, but I would suggest halving the cookie dough, or doubling the filling!

Lemon Tassies
From Martha Stewart’s Cookies

Makes 4 dozen

For the Crusts:
2 cups all-purpose flour

10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

2 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

vegetable oil or cooking spray

For the Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/3 cup sugar

1 large egg

3 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F with rack in upper third. Coat two 24-cup mini-muffin tins with cooking spray.

Make crusts: Process flour and butter in a food processor until mixture is the consistency of fine crumbs. Add sugar, egg yolks, vanilla, lemon zest, and salt. Process just until combined and sandy in texture; do not overprocess.

Divide dough into quarters. Divide each quarter into 12 equal pieces, and shape into balls. Place each ball in a muffin cup; press into cup, stretching dough up the sides. Set each muffin tin on a baking sheet. Bake crusts, rotating halfway through, until lightly browned all over and slightly darker at the edges, 18 to 20 minutes. Tap down any puffed centers of the shells with the end of a wooden spoon or your finger. Transfer sheets with muffin tins to wire racks to cool.

Make filling: With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Using a 1-inch ice cream scoop, fill the cooled crusts with filling. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until filling is set and just beginning to color at the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Tassies can be refrigerated in single layers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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60 Responses to Lemon Tassies

  1. kat says:

    Congrats! There must be something in the water because two of my best friends jut announced they are at that same point. Keep yourself healthy!

  2. dobetter says:

    Congratulations! That is wonderful. Best Wishes.

  3. Sarah says:

    Congratulations! Best wishes to you and don’t worry about keeping up your posting schedule. We will still be here regardless. πŸ™‚

  4. Tiffany says:

    Congrats to you guys!!! I lost my sweets cravings with my son too. It was weird, for a lifetime chocoholic. But all I wanted with him was spicy meat!!! As for the weight gain, I hope you find that Holy Grail of pregnancy, because no matter how much I watched what I ate and did, I gained 70-ish pounds with both my kids. My body just won’t do the cute little basketball-belly pregnancy thing!!!

  5. Butta Buns says:

    What wonderful news! Just think, you’re very own taste tester and little sous chef! Oh how I envy you!

  6. Zoe says:

    Congratulations! I’m 19 weeks pregnant today with my first. I’ve had the same weird thing of not wanting sweets — although, since I’ve been in the second trimester, my sweet cravings have increased almost back to normal. But I still prefer savory stuff most of the time — mainly meat. πŸ™‚ Congrats again!

  7. [eatingclub] vancouver || js says:

    Congratulations on your new “job”! The lemon tassies look great, btw. πŸ™‚

  8. Courtney says:

    Congrats!! They are lots of fun. I am 17 weeks with my second right now. Anyway these look super yummy I love lemon and will have to try these out. Again Congrats!!

  9. Barbara Bakes says:

    Congratulations – being a mom is the best job! I’m glad to read your review on the cookies since they are on my list to make – I’ll be sure and double the filling.

  10. Melanie says:

    What GREAT news! I’m very, very excited for you. And I know how it can just sap you of all energy – so I say take it easy as long as you can!

  11. Indigo says:

    Oh wow; massive congratulations!! Take care and stay healthy ^__^. I slightly envy the no-sweet-craving thing too; something I am unlikely to ever experience XD. But yeah, congrats again!

  12. eatme_delicious says:

    Wow Deborah!!! That is so so exciting. Congratulations. πŸ™‚ And the lemon tassies look delicious. Lemon and cream cheese are a perfect combination.

  13. zlamushka says:

    I came here through WhatΒ΄s For Lunch, Honey? I am hosting an event dedicated to trying foods from other bloggers. Meeta is in the spotlight for July. I really hope you can participate πŸ™‚

  14. PheMom says:

    Yay!! Congratulations! I’m so excited for you!

  15. noble pig says:

    These look like tasty little treats! Love them.

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  17. HoneyB says:

    First of all congrats!

    I just celebrated my first born’s birthday with him yesterday – 23 years!

    I have the Martha’s cookbook and have actually been looking at this as my next cookie to try! Thanks for the info!

  18. Aggie says:

    PS…I have an award waiting for you in my blog…come by and pick it up! πŸ™‚

  19. Ryley says:

    You pretty much could have been explaining me!!! My food blog fell off the face of the earth when I got pregnant.. I am just like you.. I had no sickness.. I was just SOOO tired and out off energy..
    I am now entering my 18th week.. still feel pretty good.. but still no energy.. i sleep so much!

    Jsut like you.. i want nothing to do with sweets.. but give me a bottle of tabasco and a straw and i’m a happy camper!! πŸ™‚

    We were actually aiming for a January baby also.. (that has been our plan from the very beggining..) but I guess we got a little ahead of ourselves and ended up with a december 17th baby!! πŸ™‚

    Congrat and good luck.. and p.s. old navy maternity clothes rock!! Online has the best selection.. the stores suck! and i think jordan landing is one of the only places that actually carry the maternity stuff!

  20. mimi says:

    lovely cookies, i hate when the online/print versions of recipes don’t match. but i bet they still tasted great.

    and a big CONGRATS!!

  21. Gigi says:

    Congrats!And don’t worry about your posting. I wish you the best and a healthy pregnancy! πŸ™‚

  22. Paula says:

    Oh, that’s wonderful, joyful news! Congratulations! Best wishes to you for continued comfort and good health for the remainder of your pregnancy. Also, energy and sleep wishes to you for once the little bundle arrives!

    These tassies looks spectacular, but to be honest I’m so happy for you regarding the pregnancy that I’m going to have to go back and re-read the recipe!

  23. Judy says:

    Congratulations on your good news! Keep us all posted on the progress. Thanks also for the tip on filling vs cookie for the tassies.

  24. Cara says:

    Congrats! Wishing you a healthy and smooth pregnancy! You’re such a good blogger for planning ahead with a stockpile of recipes! Enjoy this wonderful time, and get lots of rest (says the mom whose 11 month old got up for the day today at 3:30am). πŸ™‚

  25. Debbie says:


    Those Tassies look damn tasty too!

  26. Mary says:

    Hooray! Congratulations! I’m very happy for you.

    Oh and those cookies look great too!

  27. Cakespy says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Oh how exciting!! Keep us all updated on your cravings, aversions and what kind of cupcakes they bring you at the baby shower!

  28. Anh says:

    Congrats! So happy for you! πŸ™‚

  29. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    No desire for sweets? That is seriously the first time I have ever heard that. You’re lucky! But more importantly, Woo-Hoo! and Congratulations! You and your husband must be absolutely thrilled. Take care. I hope the rest of your pregnancy is just as smooth as it is now. πŸ™‚

  30. Grace says:

    talk about planning ahead! many, many congratulations, deborah! there’s no doubt that i and all your other readers will stay tuned in. πŸ™‚

  31. Dhanggit says:

    congratulations deborah..i know exactly how you feel and the excitement.. i’ve been there last year..take care of yourself and your little one and enjoy every step of it my dear…:-) im so happy for you

  32. April says:

    Wonderful news!! Congratulations!! BTW, the lemon tassies look geat!

  33. kimberleyblue says:

    Congratulations! Lucky baby is gonna grow up with lotsa tasty food to eat!

  34. Steph says:

    Congratulations Deborah! How exciting! Good luck with the pregnancy! Enjoy every second of being pampered, because once the baby comes, it ends very quickly!

  35. Ann says:

    Congratulations! You’ll get your energy back soon, believe it not. In the meantime, take as many naps as you like.

    Lovely tassies!

  36. OhioMom says:

    Just stopped by to say Congratulations! Your life will never be the same, and that is a good thing πŸ™‚

    Mother of 5

  37. Megan says:

    Congratulations!!! How exciting.
    We aren’t going anyware so enjoy the pregancy! Those Tassies look mighty tasty.

  38. Maria says:

    Congrats! I just found your blog. The lemon tassies look tasty!

  39. Madam Chow says:

    Congratulations! You know what you can blog about? What a pregnant lady cooks and eats!

  40. Kevin says:

    Congratulations!! Those lemon tassies with lemon and cream cheese filling sound really good!

  41. Peabody says:

    How absolutely fantastic! Congrats to you. Here is to a happy and healthy 9 months.

  42. Katie B. says:

    Fantastic news!!! Congratulations!!!

  43. Patsyk says:

    How exciting! That is wonderful news! I hope you get your energy back and are able to get some time in the kitchen making something that you feel a craving to eat.

    Those tassies look yummy, and lemon is one of my fav’s – next to chocolate!

  44. Katerina says:


  45. Emiline says:

    Congrats once again! I can’t believe I was days late getting here.
    I’m so excited!!! And it’s not even my kid.

  46. Sophie says:

    Wow! I am so happy for you! Congrats. A baby that doesn’t like sweets, eh? Well, by golly, I don’t know how could resist these tassies! The name alone makes me want to go bake ’em up! πŸ™‚

  47. Prudy says:

    Huge Congrats on the lemon cookie and the little cookie on the way.

  48. Vicarious Foodie says:

    Oh my gosh congratulations! This must be so exciting for you!

    Oh, yeah, the cookies look pretty awesome, too. πŸ˜‰

  49. Mrs. L says:

    Congratulations! Those Tassies look great…another reason for me to cook from that dang book!

  50. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Hi Deborah! I am sorry I am so late to respond, but I am really excited and happy for you! πŸ™‚ Congratulations!

  51. Mama Goose says:

    Congratulations on the new job Deborah! It’s the best assignment you’ll ever accept!! (Just make sure the kid helps clean the dishes!)

  52. Claire says:

    Yay! Congrats. I’ve been out of pocked for a while and just saw this. I hope that your pregnancy continues to go well. The tassies look great…and are the perfect recipe for such a delicate announcement!

  53. Barbara Bakes says:

    I left you a little award on my blog! Have a great week!

  54. kamailesfood says:

    Congrats on the baby news! I know what you mean about sapped energy. I, however, didn’t have trouble eating. Thankfully that didn’t equate to a lot of weight gain.

    These tassies look great btw.

  55. Julie says:

    I’m way behind on my blog reading–and writing, for that matter–thanks to my own little guy (4 months yesterday!). Congratulations, Deborah!

  56. Psychgrad says:

    Congratulations on the very exciting news!

  57. glamah16 says:

    Congrats. I see I miised this post! Sorry( so much going on). Like I said before you will be an awesome Mother. Take care.

  58. Cathy C says:

    I know I am late on this but I am new to your amazing blog: Congratulations that is such a great blessing!!

  59. Elle says:

    Congratulations! And I could use an aversion to sweets. πŸ˜‰

  60. Elle says:

    Oh, forgot the cookies–they look great! i love lemon–good to know about the cookie/filling ratio, too.

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