Thursday, August 18, 2011

Lemon Coconut Chewies

I love food made with lemon, and cookies are no exception!  These delightful little goodies are so yummy - lemony, coconutty, chewy, and light.
This recipe is adapted from Sugar Pies.  The only changes I made were to the process.
These cookies are definitely a must-try!

Lemon Coconut Chewies
Adapted from Sugar Pies

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
1 rounded tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar (plus about 1/2 cup for rolling)
1 egg
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1.  Preheat the oven to 375°.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2.  In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour, coconut, lemon zest, salt, and baking powder.  Pulse until the coconut is chopped fine and the mixture is thoroughly blended.

3.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and sugar.  Beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg.  Beat in the lemon juice.  Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat once more until completely mixed.

4.  Pour the dry ingredients in with the wet.  Beat on low speed just until the dry ingredients are incorporated.

5.  Put about 1/2 cup of sugar into a bowl.  Scoop tablespoon sized balls of the dough and roll them in the sugar to coat.  Transfer the sugared dough balls to the baking sheets.

6.  Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are just golden brown.  Transfer to racks to cool.

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