Happy Monday, and welcome back! All this week, the chilly winter air (Happy Winter Solstice, by the way!) is swirling with holiday cheer. It’s time to get cozy, and sometimes there is no better way to do so than baking some cookies, and then snuggling up in a warm blanket with a plate of those cookies and your favorite warm beverage. We asked around for Christmas cookie recipes, and the mother of Jess’s partner gave us her recipe for Lemon Coconut Snowballs! These are a delicious, not-too-sweet cookie that would go well with a mug of black tea (earl grey, if you want to get specific).
What you need:
2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
2 cups of powdered sugar (separate ½ cup for dough)
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, lightly toasted
1 cup of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ tablespoons lemon zest
What do to:
Toast your coconut - There are several methods, but stovetop is best to keep an eye on the coconut, and the frequent stirring ensures an even toast. Cook on low-medium heat for several minutes or until just golden, stirring frequently. (Sweetened coconut will toast quickly so don’t leave that stove!)
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy
Gradually add ½ cup of powdered sugar and extracts, beating them well
Add flour, lemon zest, and salt, making sure everything is well combined
Gently stir in coconut with whatever stirring tool makes your heart happy
Cover and chill dough for 30 minutes
Preheat oven to 350°F
Shape dough into approximately 1 inch balls, and place them 1 inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden on the bottom (NOTE: they will be pale on top, and that’s okay!)
Transfer to cooling racks and cool for 5 minutes
Pour 1 ½ cups powdered sugar into a bowl, and roll warm cookies in it until well-covered
Cool them completely, and then roll them in the sugar again, covering them as much as possible.
Substitutions to try!
Want a little more zing? Try lime zest instead of lemon!
Are you lactose intolerant or do you have a milk allergy? Are you vegan? Do you want more coconut flavor? Use coconut oil instead of butter! (1:1 ratio is fine!)
We wish you a VERY merry Christmas! We'll be out of the office Thursday 12/24 and Friday 12/25 to celebrate with those close to us!