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Lemon Sugar Cookies

Today I was fighting with my 2 year old as I tried to get her hair done and I told her “just tell me what you want and I will give it to you.  It’s not safe to stand on the changing table.” (She likes to grab and play with things while I do her hair). After a minute or two she says “I want a cookie”.  Well that was not an option at the time since we had no cookies in the house… but, I had been dying to try a recipe I found recently (you can view the original recipe at http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/03/lemon-sugar-cookies/ )  so I said “We will make some when I get your hair finished”  and we did!   These turned out to be some of the best sugar cookies I have ever made!   They were yummy, rolled out great, and didn’t stick all over the counter!  I will definitely make them again!

I want to add a couple side notes for the substitutions I have made in this recipe.

Whole wheat baby cereal – we were on WIC for 2 months and ended up with tons of baby cereal and baby food that my daughter refused to eat… so, I found ways to use it.  The meat flavored baby food adds substance to gravies, soups, stews… the fruits I mixed with yogurt as a treat or blended into my pancakes to replace the oil… the cereal was more difficult, but eventually I had the idea to substitute it for flour.  This is the most I have ever used in a recipe but it worked beautifully, I will be using it more often!

Eggs – the original recipe called for 1 large egg and 1 egg white.  I hate wasting half an egg so I usually don’t separate the  eggs.  I used 2 medium eggs instead.

Apple sauce- the original recipe called for vegetable shortening, since we don’t use this anymore I looked up a substitution for it.  I found a website that said to substitute it with half as much applesauce in baking recipes.  So for 1 cup vegetable shortening use 1/2 cup applesauce.

Lemon Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup whole wheat baby cereal

2 tsp cornstarch

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1/8 cup applesauce

1/4 cup honey

2 packets stevia

Zest of 1 large lemon (1 Tbsp)

2 eggs

1 tsp lemon extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

In a bowl combine flour, cereal, cornstarch, baking powder and salt, mix well, set aside. In a separate bowl, whip butter, applesauce, honey and lemon zest on medium speed until very pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add in eggs and mix until combined. Add lemon extract and vanilla extract and mix until combined.  Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Transfer dough to an airtight container and refrigerate 2 hours. Preheat oven to 375 during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration. Roll out dough and cut into shapes.  Bake in preheated oven 6-10 minutes. Transferr to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely, then frost with Lemon Frosting

Frosting

1/3 cup salted butter, at room temperature

2 packets Stevia

¼  cup honey

1/2 tsp lemon extract

2 1/2 – 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

yellow food coloring

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl whip until frosting is smooth and fluffy.  Mix in food coloring.  Spread on cooled cookies.

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