Alright folks, this is it. Project Food Blog has opened for entries and I am one of nearly 2,000 contestants hoping to win the grand prize of $10,000 and the opportunity to become “the next food blog star!” Pretty freakin’ sweet, right?!
Essentially, contestants will be competing in a series of 10 challenges from now through December and posts will be judged by a panel of judges AND blog readers. Voting opens Monday, September 20th! (Don’t worry, I’ll remind you then to go and vote for me! )
So here I go …
Ready, Set, Make Cookies!
Lemon Raspberry Cookies, to be exact. Let’s take a look at them, shall we.
Of all the cookies I’ve made in all of my years of cookie baking (about 12 I’d say, if you were curious) these lemon raspberry cookies have been the most requested, raved about, likely to be devoured cookies I have ever made. This could be the case for several reasons.
Reason # 1: These cookies are tasty.
I hate to toot my own horn, but these cookies are amazing. Combining the tart flavor of lemon with the sweetness of raspberries creates a sensation that I can only describe as bliss in my mouth. I’m certainly not the first person to combine the flavors of lemon and raspberry, Martha Stewart’s done it, but there is something special about these particular cookies that make them incredible. Perhaps it’s…
Reason # 2: These cookies are super moist.
Maybe it’s the stick and a half of butter. Maybe it’s the raspberry jam filling. Heck, maybe it’s the shower of confectioners sugar they get (I don’t skimp, I cover both sides of these babies). Whatever it is, you can keep these cookies for well over a week (if you hold out on eating them that long) and they are still perfectly soft and chewy like you just made them. Maybe it has something to do with …
Reason # 3: I absolutely love making these cookies.
Though the list of ingredients is minimal, these cookies are pretty labor intensive. I mean, I wouldn’t go so far as to say you could skip your workout for the day, but you need to be in the kitchen for quite a while to get a proper cookie, and I love every second of making these cookies. Here is how you do it…
Lemon Raspberry Cookies
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (at room temperature)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 jar all natural raspberry jam
- Confectioners sugar, for dusting
Begin by combining the flours, baking powder and salt until just combined.
In an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Add the egg, vanilla, lemon zest and juice and beat on low speed until everything is incorporated. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
Gently form the dough together with your hands. (At this point, you can continue to make the cookies as directed, or wrap the dough in plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for about a week.) By the teaspoon full, roll the dough into little balls and gently flatten them onto a greased cookie sheet. (This should make at least 50 little cookies, depending on how big or small you choose to make them.)
Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes. The cookies should not be brown, but should be set and once cooled easily removed from the cookie sheet.
When all of the cookies are baked and cooled, take half of the cookies and spread with jam, topping each with another cookie. Once all of the cookies are paired, sprinkle generously with confectioners sugar.
And there you have it! My lemon raspberry cookies!
Now, onto why I think I should be the next food blog star.
Twenty-Something and Starving is not a healthy living blog – though I do my best to be healthy when I can. This blog is not devoted entirely to indulgent sweets – though I do like to indulge from time to time. Twenty-Something and Starving is me sharing the food that I love with others who love food and share this same philosophy. From a lighter take on Chicken and Corn Chowder to my butter laced Cashew Berry Blondies – Twenty-Something and Starving is for any and everyone who are exactly that…starving! The twenty-something part, well, that’s just me!