Once I signed up for Becky's bake sale, I started searching for a cookie recipe that would taste yummy and ship well, since these cookies could be going anywhere in the United States. I was flipping through a Pillsbury cookbooklet and found a recipe for lime-graham tea cookies. I immediately knew that I'd found what I was looking for! I tweaked the recipe a bit, subbing lemon for lime...and I added white chocolate chips instead of the nuts the original recipe called for.
These cookies are really nice...they're not overly sweet, and the texture is reminiscent of a sand tart. The graham cracker crumbs give the cookies a slight nutty flavor in the background. The lemon flavor is boosted by adding frozen lemonade concentrate, lemon zest, and a bit of lemon extract to the cookie dough. You simply roll the dough into balls, bake, and then coat them in a bit of powdered sugar. The white chocolate chips added exactly the sweet addition that I was looking for.
Lemon-White Chocolate Graham Cookies
adapted from Pillsbury
Step 1: Add two sticks softened butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Bet on medium speed for 3 minutes, until the butter is very fluffy. Add 1 tbs. vanilla, 1/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate, 1 tbs. lemon zest (about two lemons), and 1/2 tsp. lemon extract. Beat on medium-low until incorporated (about two minutes).
Step 2: Add 1 1/4 cups flour, 1 cup graham cracker crumbs, and 1/2 tsp. salt. You can grind up 20 graham cracker squares if you want, but I just bought the crumbs in a box for convenience. Beat on low speed, just until combined. Stir in 1 cup white chocolate chips, then refrigerate dough for an hour.
Step 3: Heat oven to 400. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, and place on a cookie sheet that's lined with parchment. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes, then roll in powdered sugar.
Step 4: Let cookies cool completely before eating...about 45 minutes. I rolled them in a little extra powdered sugar once they were cooled, and it gave it a nice coating on top. I couldn't resist taking a bite so you could see what the cookies look like inside.