Two Treats – Lime Sugar Cookies and Double Chocolate Dreams

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It’s the season for sweets and I won’t begrudge you a couple proper cookie recipes for the holidays. I’m helping my mother bake for the family gift baskets and it’s a special time of remaking old favorite recipes and finding new ones to round out the selections. We decided a bright sugar cookie and a decidedly chocolate cookie would accompany the homemade grape juice, plum jam, spiced nuts, and caramels also being included. I confess I’ve also eaten a million of these little devils since last weekend. I can’t decide which I prefer and I shouldn’t have kept so many unaccounted for, because each and every one is ending up on my blasted food log. But hey, a bit of indulgence this part of the year isn’t worth feeling bad about. In fact, making, eating, and giving these gems away has been a total pleasure, beginning to end.

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Lime Sugar Cookies
Adapted from My Baking Addiction

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Zest of one large (or 2 small) lime, finely minced
3 Tbs lime juice
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

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Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, lime juice and lime zest. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients and coconut. Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls or use a small cookie scoop. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. It’s ok if they look a bit under baked. This will keep them chewy and they’ll continue cooking on the baking sheet as they cool. Let stand on cookie sheet a few minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

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Double Chocolate Dreams
Adapted from Allrecipes

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

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Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy. Beat in the eggs, vanilla extract, and cream. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls or use a small cookie scoop. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Let them set on the cookie sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

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