Friday, April 8, 2016

Lime Lime Cookies


Well, it's been a long dang time since we last posted. Caitlin started a new job in the big city and Riley has been super busy caring for our mom and grandparents who are going through a lot of health issues. Sometimes life sucks the big one but we are learning to enjoy every moment. To look for the beauty in each moment of each day. To take limes and make Lime Lime cookies. 

Sweet yet tart, these cookies will satisfy any cookie craving unless you're craving a chocolate chip cookie then these are not the cookies for you. They're shortbread-like but, like, soooo good. They will also trick your brain into thinking it's Summer even though it's Spring but still feels like Winter. 

Lime Lime Cookies

Adapted from "Isa Does It" by Isa Chandra Moskawitz

For the cookies:
1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons almond milk
2 tablespoons finely grated lime zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon organic cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the glaze:
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (it took about 2-3 limes)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon refined coconut oil, melted

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare baking sheet with a silpat or something along those lines.

2.  In a large bowl, use a fork to beat together the coconut oil and sugar.  Add the almond milk, lime zest, and vanilla, and beat another minute or so until it resembles applesauce.

3.  Add about half the flour, as well as the cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.  Mix well.  Add the remaining flour and mix until a soft dough forms.

4.  Scoop the dough onto the baking sheets in rounded spoonfuls.  Flatten the tops gently with your fingers. 

5.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown. You really need to check the bottoms of the cookie for a golden brown colour even though the tops will be pale.

6. Let cool on the sheets for a few minutes or so, then transfer to cookie racks to let cool completely.

7.  For the glaze, place the confectioner's sugar in a bowl.  Add the lime juice, vanilla, and coconut oil and stir vigorously until a thick and smooth but pourable icing forms. 

8.  While the cookies are on the racks, spoon the glaze over each one, letting it drip down the sides. You can also sprinkle with lime zest. Let the glaze set for 10 to 20 minutes.

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