Lemon Drop Birthday Cookies

Lemon Drop Birthday Cookies are so delicious it's hard to believe they're healthy! - FitCakery.com

Time to stop, drop, and cookie, people.

I’ve been making these cookies all week, half because they are easy, half because they are healthy… and half because they’re plain freakin’ amazing.  Let’s just say we should never underestimate the power of a perfectly soft and lemony cookie.

Lemon Drop Birthday Cookies are so delicious it's hard to believe they're healthy! - FitCakery.com

My sister, (who incidentally has a blog as well,) gave me the wonderful idea to make these. 

It was the fact that it was her birthday yesterday that led me, naturally, to coming up with a new recipe.  When I asked her what kind of cookie she liked best, she responded to my text immediately and decisively.  “Lemon!” 

Lemon Drop Birthday Cookies are so delicious it's hard to believe they're healthy! - FitCakery.com

And lemon they are.  Only these are better than the average lemon cookie, because they’re almost cake.

One thing I've learned in life.  If you’re going to make a birthday cookie, at least do it right and make it like cake.

Lemon Drop Birthday Cookies are so delicious it's hard to believe they're healthy! - FitCakery.com

Speaking of which – I discovered that if you halve the batter and spread it out into two cake pans, it does a fabulous job of making two giant cookies.  Put frosting in between the two and… it instantly becomes the most amazing cookie/cake combo ever.  Too bad for the lack of photos... it was so amazing, it disappeared in minutes.

P.S.  I couldn’t help it.  I wanted to call these “Brookie Cookies” – one of my affectionate nicknames for my sister when she was a toddler (okay, sometimes it still is!)  But I figured you’d have no idea what kind of cookie that was.  So now you know their true secret name.

Lemon Drop Birthday Cookies are so delicious it's hard to believe they're healthy! - FitCakery.com

If you like lemon desserts as much as I do, you will love these Lemon-Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies, and this Best-Ever Lemon Bundt Cake!  (Search "lemon" in the search bar to find even more lemon recipes!)

Lemon Drop Birthday Cookies (aka Brookie Cookies)

{makes 10 giant cookies}

Ingredients:

  • 2 T. (1 oz) butter, room temp. or cold (or coconut oil)
  • ¼ c. (2 oz) coconut oil, room temp.
  • ¼ c. slivered almonds
  • ½ c. (2.5 oz) dried apricots
  • ½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. stevia powder
  • One lemon’s zest
  • 1/3 c. lemon juice (about one large lemon’s juice)
  • ¼ c. plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. lemon extract
  • 2 c. whole wheat pastry or white whole wheat flour (both make for softer cookies)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Optional: ½ c. powdered sugar as a pretty topping!

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray two large baking pans with cooking spray.

Blend butter/coconut oil through Greek yogurt in a food processor until smooth.  Add in the egg through salt and process again, just until everything is combined.

Use a large ice-cream scoop to portion out about 10 large cookies and space them out evenly on the two pans.  Use the back of the scoop to flatten them out to about 1/4" or so thick.

Bake in the oven 15-20 minutes (toward the longer end if the butter was cold and the cookies are bigger.)

When the cookies are done – slightly browned on the bottom and no longer doughy, allow them to sit on the pans about 2 minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack.

If you want to use the powdered sugar on them, wait until the cookies are room temperature before sifting the sugar over the tops.

Birthday candles may not stand up in these… but they are excellent alternatives to cake, if I do say so myself!

Makes 10 giant cookies

Nutrition for 1/10 batch: 236 calories; 11 g fat (7 g saturated); 33 g carbs; 3 g fiber; 5 g protein