Lemon Chewies with Honey

Makes: 3 dozen cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 egg
1/3 cup honey

Anything I’ve ever baked with loads of honey and salt has come out incredible. When I added lemon to the mix, it took this dough to a whole new level. I like these cookies to be just an inch in diameter, since they pack a sweet, lemony punch. Between their teeny size and the back-of-the cheek pucker you get from biting into one, they really make you feel like a kid again.

1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and set it aside.

2. Cream the butter and sugar until they look light and fluffy. Add the lemon zest and mix to incorporate.

3. In a separate bowl, crack in the egg and add the honey. Stir them together until they’re fairly well mixed. Then add it to the butter mixture and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture a third at a time and let it mix in fully each time before adding the next batch; you’ll see the dough start to come together. Blend just until it looks smooth.

4. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Then scoop teaspoons of the dough and roll them gently into little balls. Place them on the sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly with the tips of fingers or a fork. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until cookies are set and bottoms are golden brown.

Tip: flour the fork if it sticks.

Add a glaze

This light sweet glaze adds a pretty finish to Lemon Chewies or any other cookie.

Simple Glaze

Mix 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon water and mix (patiently) until a thick glaze starts to form. If the mixture is not runny enough, add more water, a half teaspoon at a time. If mixture gets too loose (in which case it will run off the cookie and not set), add more powdered sugar and continue mixing.

Drizzle over the cookies with a spoon and let dry.

Excerpted from Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando Copyright © 2011 by Stacy Adimando. Excerpted by permission of Quirk Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission from the publisher.


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