15 Minute Lemon Sunshine Cookie Treats

Infuse any chilly day with a little sunshine -- Lemon Sunshine Cookies at Politics to PlayDoh

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for summer.

Yesterday it snowed.

Did you hear that? It snowed. 

It’s almost June.

Welcome to Utah, I guess?

I love the snow, but I’ve really been craving some Vitamin D lately. So I decided tonight I’d make a bit of my own. Between work and my favorite barre class, I had about an hour to spare, so there wasn’t much time to do a lot of baking. I searched my pantry for items I could use to make something bright and colorful, and what I dug up is the perfect treat for on-the-go days when you don’t have a lot of time to dilly-dally.

I pulled from my pantry the following four ingredients:

Only four ingredients and 15 minutes to make this sunny treat!

 

1 package Lemon flavored Oreos

1 package of rainbow nonpareils (or “jimmies”)

1 11 oz. bag of Ghirardelli white chocolate chips (or any kind of white chocolate)

Yellow food coloring

 

Literally. That’s all.

Now for the fun part. Keep in mind that I said I was in a rush. So these aren’t going to be all Pinteresty like usual — This is a down-and-dirty “I need me a treat and I need it now,” so let’s maybe lower those expectations just a tad.

A bit more.

Okay, that’s good right there.

First of all, you’re going to want to set up your double boiler.

I don’t own a double boiler because we don’t have the extra storage space, so I always make mine using a tall pot and a glass bowl on top. I fill the pot about a fourth of the way, place the bowl on top (find one that sits comfortably on top of the pot and doesn’t let any air out the sides), and turn on the flame. Let everything heat up a bit before pouring the chips (or melts) into the bowl.

 

Homemade double boiler -- Perfect for melting chocolate!

 

Once things start heating up, add the white chocolate to the bowl and hang out while it melts. I like to stir my chips once in awhile to make sure they aren’t sticking to the bowl (which is a waste of chocolate — a Cardinal sin in my book).

Stirring the pot for these Lemon Cookie Treats

Melting white chocolate for a delicious summertime lemon cookie treat!

 

Let me stop right here a sec and mention one very important – nay, vital – piece of information about melting chocolate:

Don’t ever let the water in the pot boil.

If you hear the water starting to boil, turn the heat down a bit until the bubbling stops, and stir the chocolate to keep it alive.

I’ve made this mistake before, and the results are a giant wad of chocolate in a bowl and some very lonely strawberries (or in this case Oreos).

I digress.

While you’re waiting for the chips to melt, prepare your fridge board. You’ll need the following:

Reynold's Parchment Paper means no sticky lemon cookies

 

1 tray or pan

1 sheet of parchment paper (I like to use Reynold’s Kitchens Parchment Paper)

Once your chips begin to melt, you can add your food coloring. I chose yellow this time because I wanted my cookies to be as sunny as possible, but you can choose any color that makes you happy inside.

Yellow food coloring brings life to these Lemon Cookie Treats

Add about 10 drops to the chips, depending on how bright you want your color. (I tend to keep adding drops until the off-white of the chocolate is no longer noticeable).

Once you’ve achieved the color you want, mix the chips with a spatula to spread the color evenly (and speed up the melting process, because 15 minutes).

Now comes the fun part: Cookie dipping.

I use a pair of small tongs (because I’m fancy like that), but you can use any mechanism at your disposal to grab each cookie and dip it in the chocolate mixture, making sure to coat each side evenly.

Dipping cookies for a Lemon Cookie Treat

Once each side is coated, lay the cookie on the prepared parchment paper. I like to cover the paper in nonpareils first, just to ensure each cookie is fully covered in color.

Lemon Cookie Treats covered in white chocolate goodness

Covering Lemon Cookie Treats with nonpareils is an easy way to brighten even the gloomiest of days!

Next, you’re going to decorate your cookies with colorful nonpareils. You can opt to leave one side exposed in yellow, coat the entire cookie in color, or sprinkle the nonpareils onto one side and leave the other open. The possibilities are endless, and it’s a great way to let your creativity go wild. It’s also a great opportunity to let the kids join in the fun!

Nonpareils on sunny Lemon Cookie Treats

Lemon Cookie Treats

Lemon Cookie Treats

You can even dip only half of the cookie into the chocolate and cover just that portion with nonpareils. Somehow this makes the whole thing seem more “gourmet,” and it’s especially helpful if you don’t even have 15 minutes to spare.

Gourmet Lemon Sunshine Cookie Treats

Once your cookies are decorated and laid out on the parchment paper tray, you can put that baby in the refrigerator for as long as you want (or have), and then voila! Perfect white chocolate-covered Lemon Sunshine Cookie Treats.

15 Minute Lemon Sunshine Cookie Treats

15 Minute Lemon Sunshine Cookie Treats

15 Minute Lemon Sunshine Cookie Treats

Have you tried any other variations on this easy treat recipe? If so, share below!