Nothing makes me happier than to have an idea come to fruition, and in a really big way. These cookies were inspired by a cookie I had at a sandwich shop. The first time I tried it, I actually thought they were macadamia nut cookies, which I really like. Instead it was this lemony cookie with white chocolate chips and it was delicious. So ever since that time, I have thought about recreating that cookie at home. I am so happy with the results and I am so happy to share this recipe with you. Here's how I did it:
Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies:
1/2 cup organic unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup organic granulated sugar
1 large organic egg
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups organic all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Directions: In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, add the butter and sugar and mix well for 2-3 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice and mix until combined. I take a rubber spatula and scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is well mixed. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and mix just until most of the flour is incorporated. Add the white chocolate chips and mix until just combined. Use the rubber spatula to make sure everything from the bottle of the bowl is incorporated. Lay the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap, cover, and roll into the shape of a log. Refrigerate for about 20-30 minutes before baking. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the cookies out to about 1/4 inch thick. Bake for 9-11 minutes. When timer goes off, remove the baking sheet from the oven and leave the cookies on the sheet for 1 more minute before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Tip: As much as you might think the extra step of leaving the cookies in the pan for 1 minute after they cook might be tedious, I find it is most definitely needed. It just finishes the cookies and allows them to settle before you transfer to cool completely. It does make a difference, I promise :-).