Snow is Falling, but (Home Made) Summer is Here!

Home Made Summer

Agog really.

Open this beauty up and you are transported.

You can feel a warm breeze on your skin. You thirst for a cocktail, a salty little nibble, and you smile.

You squint just a bit from that sun.

That sun!

Soon, very soon, we will be sharing the warmth of Yvette's book and her smile, right here in Boston. Until then, why not use the last of your winter citrus in something delicious and sunny.


Lemon Thins

From Home Made Summer, by Yvette Van Boven; Photographs by Oof Verschuren. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, April 2013.


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 C plus 2 TBSP (125 g) sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or 2 tsp vanilla sugar
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 6 TBSP (85 g) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 C (85 g) all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer for 5 minutes, until nice and foamy. Beat in lemon zest.
  3. In another bowl, beat the butter until light and airy. Alternately stir the butter and the flour in small batches into the egg mixture. Stir in a tiny pinch of salt.
  4. Using two teaspoons, arrange small mounds of batter on prepared baking sheet at least 2 inches apart (they'll spread).
  5. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown.
  6. Let the cookies cool on the pans for a few minutes, then use a thin spatula to transfer them to a rack to cool completely.


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Warmth from the oven will carry us through these last days of winter.

Close your eyes and nibble a taste of the sun.

Stack of Lemon Thins



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