March 16, 2014

Lemon Avocado

So of course when you're cooking or baking you always get hungry. So in order to not constantly pick at the food I was preparing my friend whipped us up some avocado smoothies. I'm such a picky eater so she was almost positive that I wouldn't like it. We were both pleasantly surprised to find that it was just the opposite/ It was honestly so delicious and a pleasant alternative to the typical sugary smoothies typically consumed. 

-1 Avocado 
-Almond Milk

Once our smoothies we're ready we set out to make our lemon cookies.

The recipe was easy to follow, just a bit time consuming

-16 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, room temperature 
- 1 cup of confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon of lemon zest 
-1/2 a teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups of all purpose flour 

Lemon Filling-
- 1 package (4 oz) of cream cheese 
- 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
- 1 cup of confectioners' sugar 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix all of the cookie ingredients together to make the dough 
2. Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge for an hour or until firm
3. Take the dough out of the wrap and then place it on parchment paper or a cutting board. With a lightly floured rolling pin  roll the dough out into a thin sheet 
4. Cut out any sized cookie that you want (we made ours fairly small) and then lay them on a cookie sheet lightly sprinkling them with the granulated sugar. Bake until barely brown (we kept ours in for about 9-10 minutes)
5. After the cookies have cooled cover one side with the filling and then sandwich the two cookies together

We took our cookies a step further, drizzling a little bit of white chocolate over the top and also squeezing a bit of lemon juice into the filling for extra lemon flavoring. When it comes to baking it's fine to follow the recipe exactly, but it's even more fun to add your own little twists and experiment. Baking is a great way to catch up with friends and have an excuse to eat something a little unhealthy. 

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