Recipe of the Month from Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes by Karen Rose Smith

What better way to enjoy a wholesome murder mystery than with a cup of orange pekoe tea and delicious Lemon Tea Cakes made with love? Step into the world of cozy mystery author Karen Rose Smith by baking a batch of “Aunt Iris’ Famous Lemon Tea Cakes”, a much-loved recipe from saucy senior B&B co-owner/murder suspect Aunt Iris in Smith’s novel Murder With Lemon Tea Cakes. Set in Daisy’s Tea Garden, an old Victorian B&B in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, the story follows Daisy, widowed mom of two teenagers and co-owner of the B&B, as she teams up with former detective turned furniture store owner Jonas Groft to catch a killer and clear her aunt’s name.


Iris’s Lemon Tea Cakes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1 cup butter, softened
1½ cups granulated sugar (plus 2 tablespoons to garnish the baked cookies)
3 eggs
2 teaspoons lemon zest
½ teaspoon salt
2½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3 cups flour


  1. Cream softened butter and granulated sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add eggs and beat until smooth.
  3. Add lemon zest and mix again.
  4. Add salt, baking powder, and lemon extract, and mix well with mixer.
  5. When you add the flour next, do it in ½-cup portions so batter is thoroughly mixed and smooth.
  6. Drop rounded tablespoons of batter onto a well-greased cookie sheet. (I don’t use non-stick)
  7. Make sure there is space around each cookie because they grow.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 11–12 minutes until golden brown around the edges.
  9. When you remove cookies from the oven, sprinkle with granulated sugar. Then quickly remove them from the pan and cool.


Makes about 34 cookies.


About Karen Rose Smith:

Karen Rose Smith is the author of seven Caprice De Luca home-staging mysteries. Married to her college sweetheart, Karen has convinced her husband that felines can make purr-fect housemates. They share their home in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania with their three rescued cats. For more about Karen, please visit her website


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