Saturday, March 3, 2012

Lemon-White Chocolate Cookies

I am typing this blog post knowing that Mother Nature is prepared to shed her wrath on Tallahassee, Florida today.  You can feel the storm in the air.  The dark clouds are approaching quickly, and will open up as soon as Mother Nature gives them the signal.   Why am I sharing this with you?  Weather has been intense lately around the country, and I think we are getting prepared to receive our share of the intensity. 

Now, onto what you actually came to visit me for...good food, and a recipe.

These cookies were made a couple of weeks ago.  You can serve up with a glass of wine, or a glass of milk, both work.  I love when cookies do that!  What's make these cookies extra special is the semolina flour, olive oil and the extra egg yolk which provides density and a golden color.



Lemon-White Chocolate Cookies
Makes about 48 cookies
Recipe from Food Network


Ingredients:
1-3/4 cups all purpose-flour
1 cup fine semolina flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
3 tablespoons limoncello or other sweet lemon liqueur
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup pistachios, finely chopped

Directions:
1.  Whisk the all-purpose flour, semolina flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

2.  Whisk olive oil, whole egg, egg yolk, limoncello, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice in a large liquid measuring cup or bowl.  Add to the butter mixture and beat on medium speed until smooth.  Reduce the mixer speed to low; add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.  Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes.

3.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Roll the dough into 2-inch-long, 1/2-inch-thick logs; arrange 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.  Bake in batches until golden around the edges, about 18 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through.  Let cool 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

4.  Meanwhile, put the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set over a saucepan of barely simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water); stir until the chocolate melts.  Drizzle the cookies with the melted white chocolate and sprinkle with the pistachios.  Let set at room temperature, about 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

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30 comments:

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

Those cookies look so good. Love the lemon and white chocolate! Hope that storm passes quickly.

Sue/the view from great island said...

We just got through a blizzard, I guess the weather is a little wacky this week. These cookies look so good, lemon and white chocolate is such an elegant combination.

Dining Alone said...

I hope the storm was kind to you guys over there! Those cookies look refreshing and yummy.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

We have been seeing the pictures of the destruction caused by the tornado so hope that you are OK. Bet these taste fantastic. Diane

Roz said...

Velva,
I hope that Mother Nature is gentle during the system that is coming your way. We were lucky to have a strong thunderstorm instead of the tornadoes that were predicted.

I'm so loving these lemon white chocolate cookies. We made cookies tonight too . . . is it a weather thing????

Renee Weir- Fontes said...

Hope you weather the storm... Id curl up with some tea and a lemon cookie and ride it out, take care!

Angie's Recipes said...

Love these cookies made with semolina flour. Is there any chance that the lemon liquor can be substituted with something else, for example, lemon syrup?

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Excellent looking cookies. Wonderfully prepared.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

That Girl said...

Man do I have some memories of the storms when I was growing up in Tallahassee. I was just a little thing when we lived there, but I remember watching the lightning from the giant window in my parent's bedroom and huddling around the radio during hurricanes.

Pacheco Patty said...

Love this cookie recipe, hope the storm isn't too strong!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

It's funny you should mention wine and cookies. I've lately noticed how well they seem to go together, and I suspect the lemon here would nicely complement the citrus flavors in a number of different crisp white wines.

Magic of Spice said...

These look great...love lemon sweet treats :)

Just Cake Girl said...

wow, those cookies look so good!!! :)

The Harried Cook said...

These cookies look and sound fabulous!! Thanks for sharing :)

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

HOpe you came through the storm well! these cookies look and sound SO good!
Mary x

Barbara said...

Unusual, Velva. Fun to make a cookie with semolina AND limoncello! They really look delicious. Love the way you've topped them.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Those cookies look really good.

I hope the weather didn't get too bad.

Michael Toa said...

I don't drink milk... so for me it'll be cookies and wine :)
They look delicious. white chocolate and lemon are so good together.

Carolyn McCaffrey Stalnaker said...

These are wonderful! I love the pistachios on top! A beautiful, sophisticated cookie!!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

These sound wonderful with the semolina flour and olive oil! As beautiful as they look with the white chocolate drizzle and chopped pistachios on top, I'm thinking of trying them with the nuts mixed into the cookie dough and skipping the chocolate!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Forgot to add, I hope all is well there after the storms rolled through!

teresa said...

looks like a great way to perk up an afternoon, delicious!

Juliana said...

Beautiful cookies Velva...I still have to use semolina fro cookies...like the lemon liquor and the pistachio...great with a cup of tea.
Hope you are having a fabulous week :)

Chris said...

I hope you guys didn't have many problems from the storm!

Anonymous said...

They look really delicious, I wish I could have eaten all the white chocolate cookies at once. Yummy!

Lynda said...

My goodness, these are fantastic looking cookies! I love the white chocolate and pistachio together. Would love to have a couple to go with my coffee now.

vianney said...

I hope the weather has take a turn for the better. these cookies would go great with my afternoon coffee.

Rebecca Subbiah said...

wow these cookies look amazing

D. @ Outside Oslo said...

I can almost taste those cookies, just as I can almost imagine being in Florida during the storm. I don't know how you feel about it, but I think there's something special about blustery, raining days in Florida. Being from Seattle, I'm used to ongoing gray and drizzly days, but when I've traveled to Florida the weather takes itself seriously--it rains hard for a while, but then the sun comes back out and it's beautiful again.

notyet100 said...

Cookies look so good,..:)

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