Sweet Week at Bigger Picture Blogs, here's a comprehensive look at what I love in a cookie:
The problem is, so many times I happen across the perfect-looking recipe with promises of soft bites and chewy bits, only to OVER-bake the final product. It's such a bad habit of mine that my husband is forever teasing me about the brown bottoms of my cookies. He eats them anyway, because they're still delicious -- just often disappointingly crispy.
So this time, with THIS recipe, I vowed to plant myself before the oven and willfully under bake the life out of some cookies. Perfection ensued.
If you're a crunchy-cookie-lover, I must ask you to avert your eyes. Or, better yet, I must ask you to make these cookies anyway. They might convert you. They're so delicate and light in flavor, which makes me wonder how they can possibly be so overwhelmingly delicious. And the chewy-factor is outrageous.
Lemon and cookie-lovers, enjoy!
Lemon Crinkle Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
1 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350, and prepare baking sheets with parchment or a light coating of cooking spray.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar just until the sugar is mostly incorporated. Add the vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and lemon juice, mixing well. Add dry ingredients except powdered sugar and mix just until combined and smooth.
Refrigerate dough (at least 1 hour) for easier handling, then form into 1-inch balls to be rolled in a plate covered in the powdered sugar. Place on baking sheets, about two inches apart. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or just until the cookies have lost their glossy tops -- the bottoms should not be brown at all. Cool before eating. And then eat them all. Every. Last. One.
Now be honest: do you have a crispy-cookie, or a chewy-cookie kind of sweet tooth? I promise to hide my confusion if you answer crispy. Better yet, I promise to try your favorite crispy cookie recipe, so DO SHARE!