Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lemon-macadamia nut cookies

Pretty and tasty.  Pretty tasty, even!  These cookies are soft and chewy, but you can bake them longer at 300 if you'd like them snappier.  I think they'd be a nice treat for Valentine's Day...hint hint!

Lemon-Macadamia Nut Cookies
(makes about 3 dozen)

2 c flour
1/2 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c butter, soft
4 oz cream cheese, soft
1 egg
2 t lemon extract
Zest from 1 lemon
1 1/2 c (7 to 8 oz) macadamia nuts, whole

Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper.  Preheat oven to 300.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour through the salt.  In a large bowl, mix together the sugars, and then beat in the butter and cream cheese until thoroughly combined.  Add the egg, lemon extract, and zest and beat until all ingredients are smoothly combined.  Add the flour mixture and the nuts.  Blend together with a wooden spoon until just combined.

Using a 1-1/2 inch scoop, dip out portions that are not completely rounded.  Drop onto cookie sheets, about 12 per sheet.  Flatten the balls and bake for about 20 minutes, turning the sheets half way through.  Remove immediately to a cooling rack.

1 comment:

Smitten ByFood said...

Love macadamia nutss.... yummyyy