Wednesday, March 18, 2009
If you have been following my blog you are already aware that I am on a personal Cake Mix Cookie Challenge. Over @ Once upon a Gourmet Gin, Gin has been trying to keep up with me...LOL. Hahahaha, nah, she's been bitten by the same bug as me. In fact a few days ago, she beat me to the lemon cake mix cookie (drat)....so now I must buy another lemon cake mix so I can try out her recipe! :) Afterall, she 'claimed' it to be the most lemony cookie of all time. She put some sour stuff in hers to make it super lemony. So, I must verify. LOL.
Alas, here is my version:
Guilt Free Lemon-Blueberry Cookie
1 box Lemon Cake Mix
1/2 cup egg beaters (1 egg= 1/4 cup & no fat)
1/2 cup applesauce (instead of the oil, but I think this should have been 1/4 cup, I felt there was TOO much moisture)
zest of one lemon
capful of lemon extract
1-3.5 oz package of dried blueberries
Place your cake mix in a bowl.
Add whole package of blueberries and zest of one lemon. Mix. (I was afraid to add the juice of the whole lemon for I was thought it would make the mix too watery- I should have used less egg/applesauce and gone for the lemon juice - but hindsight is 20/20!)
Add your egg beaters and applesauce (sorry no pic of applesauce, I move too fast for my own camera sometimes!)
Mix altogether and scoop using small ice cream scoop into a small bowl with your powdered sugar. Roll around and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (it did not stick to this, but did a little to the silpat)
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Let cookies set on cookie sheet for a few minutes before you move them to the cooling rack.
Plate for cuteness factor....
Baker's notes: You read my thoughts above how I thought there was too much moisture. I should have mixed the egg and applesauce together FIRST then added little by little until I achieved the right cookie dough consistency. These cookies were lemony enough but no real tartness. The blueberries were wonderful but the cookies were more 'cakey' than crisp/chewy. Back to the drawing board...LOL. Don't get me wrong they were good - enough but in my mind I wanted chewy and tart...like a lemon bar. BUT....
K-man ate one of these and came up to me and said "honey, you deserve a special kiss for these!" Wow, well he loved them. Isn't that all that matters? SO, if Gin's cookies are better.....wonder what K-man would give me then? LOL.