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Strawberry Lemonade Cookies

March 20, 2023
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  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 12-15
Author Notes

Strawberry fields forever. Because these beauties are constructed with both dried and freeze-dried strawberries, you can invoke long summer days filled with sweet, juicy strawberries anytime of year. Layers of warm vanilla and bright lemon envelop pops of creamy white chocolate in a slightly chewy, slightly crisp, totally moist, totally irresistible cookie.

What You'll Need
  • 16 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Zest of two large lemons
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups dried strawberries, chopped
  • Freeze-dried strawberries, for decoration
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  1. In the large bowl or bowl of a standing mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until very, very, very light and fluffy- like 10 minutes.
  2. Slowly add in the eggs, milk, extracts, and lemon zest. Scrape down the sides and beat for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Add in the second half, scrape down the sides, beat again, and make sure all the flour has been incorporated.
  4. Stir in the white chocolate and dried strawberries. Chill the dough in the fridge for at least one hour but preferable overnight (I know, I know but it's worth it!)
  5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet or baking pan with parchment paper.
  6. Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, portion the cookie dough on the pan leaving a few inches of space between each one. OR- you can portion the dough with a cookie scoop and freeze it. Baking cookies from frozen dough will give you a much prettier cookie- rounder, less spread, evenly baked. Just add one or two minutes to the original baking time.
  7. Bake the cookies until just golden and the center is barely set- about 15-18 minutes. Remove and let cool on the pan for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Make the lemon drizzle. Whisk together 1 cup of powdered sugar and the juice of a lemon (about 2 tablespoons). Using a spoon or fork, drizzle over the cooled cookies and top with freeze-dried strawberries for decoration. Let the cookies set (or don't and just eat them now).

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