Smart cookies! By legal definition, chocolate must contain 35% cocoa solids to be considered chocolate!
I am in this all-or-nothing phase with exercise lately, and it’s not good. After my killer workout on Tuesday, I took Wednesday off…for no good reason. And last night I worked out — 2 mile run + 25 minutes on the elliptical. And to break the cycle, I commit to workout today after work. PROMISE. There, done…no weaseling your way out now, self!
And as Lily and I were walking last night, I realized she is all-or-nothing, too. She is a chick of extremes.
Kissies: Here’s 576 slobbery ones! Or, I’m soooo not in the mood…buzz off, mom.
Weather: 100° and sunny –> sunbathing…9° –> long walk, please!
Vet bills: Always 3 digits, often times 4.
Alertness: Snoring like a grizzly bear, or awake and tearing through the house like a tornado.
Appetite: Down in 1, or on a hunger strike.
Crazy gal. Unfortunately for me, she’s all about the long walks with this frigid winter
wonderland. She expects it. I walk in after work, and she meets me at the back door shaking her whole body in excitement. Off we went. Wool coat, scarf, mittens, and boots weren’t enough to keep my feet dry, thighs from getting the early stages of frost bite, and nose from running (thank you, neighbors who shovel!). She loved it, my little snow bunny. I, on the other hand, wanted to cry and crawl into bed with a hot mug of tea the second we walked in the door. Putting on shorts and hopping on the treadmill was literally the last thing I wanted to do...but I did.
After that ordeal, Mr. Prevention walked in the door and informed me he was ordering pizza for dinner. He then asked if I was planning to make something. Thoughtful, huh? The man and his pizza. I was planning Savory Leek Bread Pudding and leftover Spicy Black Bean Soup, but making dinner for 1 is just not worth it. Leftover Spicy Black Bean Soup it was. Mmmm 🙂
So, no savory delicious bread pudding recipe to share, but I’m not done with Christmas cookie recipes yet! 😉
For Butter Cookie Dough:
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Zest of one lemon
3/4 cup of granulated sugar, which has been pulsed in the food processor for about 20 seconds
1/4 tsp. salt
16 Tbsp. unsalted butter ( 2 sticks ), cut into 16 1/2 inch pieces at cool room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. (1 oz) light cream cheese, at room temperature
1 Tbsp. (1/2 oz) light cream cheese, at room temperature
approx. 1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, pulsed in food processor until finely chopped
For the cookies: Preheat oven to 375° F. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle beater, mix flour, zest, sugar, and salt on low speed until combined. With mixer running on low, drop in the butter one piece at a time slowly; and continue to mix until the mixtures looks slightly wet and crumbly. Add vanilla and cream cheese and mix on low until dough just comes together. Bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Remove to wire rack and allow to cool to room temperature.
For the frosting: In the same bowl you mixed the cookies in, with the paddle attachment mix the cream cheese and the lemon juice on low until incorporated. Add in the confectioners sugar and mix on low until a nice thick glaze like frosting appears.
Dip tops of cookies into frosting, or use a knife to spread the top, then dip the cookies into the coconut. Allow the cookies to sit and allow the frosting to set. About 20 minutes. Yield: 3 1/2 dozen cookies.
Nutrition Information (per cookie): 107 calories; 5.3 g. fat; 1 mg. cholesterol; 28 mg. sodium; 14.2 g. carbohydrate; 0.2 g. fiber; 8.7 g. sugar; 1 g. protein
Result: These were really good! I don’t know that they scream “Christmas Coookie!” to me, but they’re a great change of pace and a great option for those that don’t (GASP!) like chocolate. The lemon flavor is excellent and the dough is unreal…it’s like silk! Gorgeous dough! Be careful with the cook time, however. The cookies will not look done, but they will quickly burn on the bottom, so beware! You were warned 🙂 Enjoy!
Question: What was one thing on your holiday wish list?
I asked for a lot of kitchen stuff: a dutch oven, a donut pan, a cast iron skillet, pastry brushes, and silicon spatulas. I also asked for an elliptical (which I got! :-D) and books by Chelsea Handler. I was very specific with Santa this year, and that’s a first! 😉 Really, it’s a first!