Thursday, December 2, 2010

Recipe: Creamy Lemon Macadamia Cookies

Yet another recipe from the Best Ever Cookie Book,  although 'creamy' is not a word that I would personally choose to use in a recipe title...must be a nod to the cream cheese.  It is a delicious combination of flavors not common in cookies.  

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter/margarine
4oz cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
2 teaspoons lemon extract
7oz (1 1/2 cups) whole macadamia nuts  (I usually coarsely chop some of them)

Preheat oven to 300.  Combine flour, soda and salt in a medium bowl.   In a large bowl blend sugars well with an electric mixer.  Add the butter and cream cheese, and mix to form a smooth paste.  Add the egg and extract.  Beat at medium speed until fully combined.  Add the flour and macadamia nuts at low speed until combined, do not over mix. 

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 18-20 minutes (Colorado style, start at 15 minutes).   Immediately transfer cookies to a cool flat surface.

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