Adapted from Tangerine Butter Cookies.
It took me a long time to come around to lemon desserts. The never seemed to tickle my fancy or cure my craving when I wanted something sweet or rich or stuffed with chocolate. Then, I started to get old.
It’s only fitting, considering when I was a kid I assumed that lemon desserts were only for “old people” because they were my grandmother’s favorite. To my surprise, my ignorance was rewarded in my early twenties as I started loving lemon desserts and wanting them instead of my usual peanut butter cheesecake topped with chocolate ganache. So weird.
It’s a love, but a different kind of love, nonetheless. Lemon treats still don’t satisfy certain cravings I get, but I’m completely in lust with all things lemon these days. They have cravings all their own.
Lemon is refreshing. Even if it’s inside of a rich dessert, it still seems light and airy. It’s rarely hurt-your-teeth sweet and almost cleansing on the palate. All the lemon things… bring them to me!
Starting with, like, four dozen of these lemon butter cookies. I used this exact tangerine butter cookie recipe, simply swapping the tangerine flavors for lemon and adding in white chocolate chunks. White chocolate is another one of those things that isn’t always first on my list, but I find it meshes perfectly with citrus when you want to add a touch of indulgence.
The other crazy awesome thing inside of these cookies? White cornmeal. I was hesitant at first, but it adds an element of texture that I’d never had in a cookie. I suggest finding a very fine white cornmeal or even running a coarser grind through your food processor. It gives the cookies an extra chew that makes them irresistible.
Oh and P.S. – these cookies have a fair amount of olive oil inside them too. That totally makes them a health food. I mean, the more you eat… the more your skin will glow. That’s reason enough for me.
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