Soft Yogurt Cookies with Raspberry Glaze

By molly yeh
March 12, 2018
22 Comments


Author Notes: Meet the hip younger sibling of the black and white cookie: the pink yogurt cookie! She’s got the familiar rounded shape and cakey quality of a black and white cookie, but she has more sass since her batter has been enriched with yogurt (in the place of black and white’s buttermilk). Plus, her glaze is also yogurt-based—and pink, thanks to some freeze-dried raspberry dust. (Even her ingredients have cool names.) These cookies have got the sour tang of yogurt, the warmth of vanilla, and the fruitiness of raspberry backed up by a hint of almond. They come together so easily and are some of the softest and prettiest cookies in all the land.

Reprinted with permission from Short Stack Editions Vol. 32: "Yogurt," by Molly Yeh (shortstackeditions.com).
molly yeh

Makes: 18 cookies
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 18 min

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

For the glaze

  • 1/4 cup freeze-dried raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 handful rainbow sprinkles and/or crushed toasted pistachios, for decorating

Directions

  1. Make the cookies: Preheat the oven to 350° F and place racks in the upper third and lower third positions. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the vanilla. Add the yogurt and dry ingredients in two or three alternating batches and mix until just combined.
  3. Scoop out 2-inch blobs of the batter and place them on the baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake until the bottoms are just beginning to brown (begin checking for doneness at 18 minutes). Let the cookies cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Make the glaze: Crush the raspberries in a mortar and pestle until they become a very fine powder. In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar, yogurt, salt, almond extract, and raspberry powder. If the glaze is too thick to spread, add additional yogurt a tiny bit at a time until it's spreadable. Spread the glaze onto the rounded side of the cookies and top with sprinkles and/or crushed pistachios. Enjoy!

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Reviews (22) Questions (1)

22 Comments

Jim D. August 3, 2018
Wow, I just made these, and they are by far the best new baking recipe that I have made this year. I eat gluten-free, and the only change I made was to use GF flour with 1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum, and they turned out perfect. Thanks for the recipe!
 
Claire S. May 9, 2018
These were SO good and immensely popular at the cookie swap I took them too (also got high praises at work with the leftovers). I used Greek yogurt - one of the small containers of Fage worked perfectly (I think I added a bit more water to the frosting). The batter was pretty loose and sticky so I used a cookie scoop to get it on the tray because rolling wouldn't work and spooning was hard because it was so sticky, but they flattened out uniformly in the oven. I only had freeze-dried strawberries and those worked fine.
 
Ute April 20, 2018
These turned out great! <br />I did use half the sugar and that was sufficient.<br />Will try adding freeze dried raspberries to the dough next time,<br />and maybe in that case 3/4 the sugar.
 
cupcakeladybakes April 4, 2018
Just baked these. I agree they didn't spread as much as in the pictures. I left my first batch go to 18 minutes and the bottoms were pretty dark brown. I also have a very accurate oven therm. in my oven so I can always check the temperature. It was at 350 the entire time. Bleh.
 
Gingey April 1, 2018
I know where to get freeze dried berries, but I want to make these now and I don’t have any on hand. I have fresh raspberries and frozen. How can I use what I have in this recipe?
 
Susan March 26, 2018
Sighhh. In this day and age, why are there still no ingredient weights for recipes???
 
cupcakeladybakes April 5, 2018
I agree Susan....<br />
 
Catherine S. March 23, 2018
Any thoughts on what to use to make diffeeent color glaze for Easter? Thinking yellows and maybe greens?
 
Lisa March 28, 2018
trader joes (And I'm sure others, but that's where I am most :) sells a lovely variety of freeze dried fruits. Not sure about green, but they do have crunchy mango and dried blueberry that would definitely be beautiful prepared this way!
 
Ute April 20, 2018
Love the idea of blueberries. Thanks!!!<br />
 
Jess March 22, 2018
What about storing these cookies? How long do they keep (assuming they aren't immediately eaten!), and what about the yogurt glaze?
 
Maryann March 22, 2018
I'm pretty sure freeze-dried raspberries will be hard, nay impossible, to find in my burg; what can I use as a substitution?
 
Michelle G. March 23, 2018
Go to Amazon.com...they got em!
 
Sharon March 23, 2018
Target too, presumably orthers. Don’t let Amazon always be the answer, or someday they will be the only answer!
 
Maryann March 23, 2018
Thanks, Michelle and Sharon! Since I live in Canada (no Target), I'll probably get it from Amazon, though I agree with you Sharon!!!
 
melissapage March 24, 2018
Whole Foods sells them
 
Maryann March 25, 2018
Thank you! I'll check for it there!
 
Steve K. March 16, 2018
Something I never thought about, do you measure Yogurt like a wet ingredient or a dry ingredient?
 
Eileen June 11, 2018
Since yogurt holds peaks like a solid and does not self-level like a liquid, I measure it like a solid, so I can level off the top of the measuring cup with a knife.
 
Holland T. March 14, 2018
Just tried this recipe, I feel like my cookies came out much puffier and drier than they should have. Any thoughts on what I can adjust?<br />Also tried it with blueberries/almonds instead of raspberries/pistachios and it worked well!
 
Michelle G. March 23, 2018
Your oven may be baking at a higher temp...check after 15 minutes!<br />
 
MC March 14, 2018
Any way to have the measurements in grams/ounces? Thanks!