For those who I’ve managed to catch (just in the nick of time!) with their hand reaching out… hovering in guilty indecision… I ask you very kindly to leave that packet of cookies/biscuits on the supermarket shelf… step away from the cookie aisle… and gather up the ingredients listed below instead. This easy, no-fuss recipe is perfect for bringing little people (or big people who say that they can’t cook…) into the kitchen to help out with some simple measuring, stirring and scooping… I don’t care what anyone says… baking is deliciously fun! It brings people together and there’s always the bonus that your cookie jar will be well-stocked for the weekend!
With my cookie jar already filled to the brim, I’ll be looking out for something else to cook with my kids this weekend. My inspiration is sure to come from the gorgeous crowd, already starting to arrive at Fiesta Friday this week! Angie from The Novice Gardener, along with her co-hosts for this week (sue@birgerbird and prudy@Butter, Basil and Breadcumbs) are there to give a warm welcome to both visitors and fellow bloggers alike… so come along and see what everyone else has been up to this week!
Lemon White Chocolate Cookies | Gather and Graze
- 125g (½ Cup) Unsalted Butter (softened)
- 160g (⅔ Cup) Raw (Caster) Sugar
- 1 Free-Range Egg
- Zest of 1 Lemon
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 190g/1¼ Cups Plain Flour (sifted)
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder (sifted)
- Pinch of Salt
- 150g (¾ Cup) White Chocolate (chopped)
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with parchment/baking paper.
Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the egg, lemon zest and juice and continue to mix until well combined. Stir in the sifted flour, baking powder and salt and when almost combined, add the white chocolate and stir to evenly distribute.
Place teaspoonfuls of mixture onto the lined baking trays (allowing space between each cookie for them to spread) and bake for about 9-10 minutes, or until golden.
Note: Keep a close eye on these (particularly if baking on 2 shelves of the oven), as the bases can go from golden to burnt in the blink of an eye if you leave them for too long.
Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the tray, before transferring to a cooling rack. Enjoy!
Oh, those look like great cookies…:)
Thanks so very much! Lovely to hear from you.
I tried store-bought cookies more than a year ago.. pretty often make my own 🙂 I do love lemon flavour in cookies, yours look tempting! But 200g of white chocolate seems too sweet for me, though I like white choco 😀
Hi Mila, you could certainly reduce the amount of white chocolate, though it really didn’t seem over-the-top sweet/chocolatey while eating them (particularly if you use a good-quality choc) and get the balance of acidity right from the lemon juice. Thanks so much for your comment! Cheers, Margot
Thank you for the reply, Margot!
love this combination! Would never have thought of it! I bet they were delicious!
Thanks so much Indu! The combination of lemon and white chocolate works wonderfully together – I’ll be looking for other ways of pairing them through desserts/baking in the future. 🙂
definitely going to try these xx
Thanks! Love to know what you think if you give them a try. Cheers, Margot
I might eat them too fast to give an opinion, grins
I know exactly what you mean! 🙂 though by the time you get to the 39th and 40th cookie you start to slow down a little and savour the flavour! 🙂
haha your hardcore
Lemon and white chocolate make a perfect combination. I’m glad that you decided to pick up the ingredients for a cookie recipe instead of a packet of cookies. Nothing beats homemade cookies and yours look really lovely!
It was a busy long weekend here Jo, with lots of cooking happening in our little kitchen! The cookies were definitely one of the highlights… Thanks for your very kind comment!
oooh these look good. Shop bought never ever match up to home made. I never mind if my family devours a packet of shop bought in one sitting but get very petulant when my morning’s baking effort disappears in one go, so sometimes there’s a place for shop bought. Adding this recipe to my “to make” list.
Thank you Anne. These didn’t quite disappear in one sitting, but I did end up making a second batch over the long weekend we’ve just had, as they went a little too quick for my liking. Hope you have a great week!
I like how you started this post! Very good advice. And these biscuits look delicious, lemon and white chocolate is a great combination! 🙂
Thanks Saucy! 🙂 The flavour transports me instantly back to a small chocolate shop called ‘Schoc’ in Wellington, NZ that used to do a fabulous (yet rather expensive) thin slab of white chocolate that was dotted with flecks of dried lemon – I’m not usually much of a white chocolate fan, but I adored this one! Hope you’ve had a wonderful long weekend.
Homemade cookies are the best! But I’m guilty of buying store-bought, I’m afraid. Bad Angie! I’ll try to remember your encouragement next time and refrain. These look and sound tempting; I just love lemons!
Oh you’re not bad at all Angie! Almost all of us buy store-bought at least some of the time! There’s never enough time in the day/week to be making everything from scratch. I guess I was just trying to encourage those who don’t spend much time in the kitchen (and I realise that rules out almost all of my lovely blogging friends) to get in there and get baking with one of their loved ones… You and I both know how much fun that really is! 🙂
Home baked cookies are always the best! These look delicious!!
Absolutely! Thanks so much for your kind comment Arl – much appreciated! 🙂
They look so yummy! I’m definitely a fan of home baked cookies over store bought, especially since they’re so quick and easy to make!
Thanks Michelle, so pleased that you feel the same way! Cheers, Margot 🙂
Cookies looks delicious:)
Thank you so very much! I’m looking forward to coming across to explore your own blog very soon! Cheers, Margot
If only I had read this before I went shopping yesterday. I could have used your wise words of wisdom as I slipped a packet of tim tams in the shopping trolley yesterday 🙂
Ahhh, the ever-tempting Tim Tams! Thankfully, my husband’s weakness and not my own… I was always more of a Mint Slice girl myself… 😉 Do you have any lemons left from your recent harvest Karen? I can definitely recommend doing up a batch of these, if you do! My filled-to-the-brim tin of cookies is all but empty now, so may need to do a second batch to last out the long weekend… 🙂
Oh Margot, I was craving for good cookies… and NEVER buy the ones on the market shelves. The white chocolate cookies look so~ inviting. If I have not said it before, you have a beautiful blog for the eyes, which is also delicious for the palate. 😛
Oh Fae, that’s such a lovely thing to say! Praise coming from you, gives me such a warm, fuzzy feeling – so thank you so very much! Have a fabulous weekend.
Thanks for bringing these to the party, Margot, they look absolutely delicious! You have a very lovely blog! 🙂
You’re absolutely welcome… and thanks for the very kind compliment! 🙂 I’m looking forward to exploring ‘Sinfully Tempting’ as soon as I get a chance!
Your cookies look wonderful! I love the combo of white chocolate and lemon!! I’m really with you on the store-bought thing! Who wants those things when you could be nibbling on what you have brought us here tonight? 😀
What a lovely comment Julianna – thank you so much! The combo is definitely a winner and simply can’t be replicated in any store-bought biscuits with all their artificial flavours and colourings. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Ooooo This looks like a great cookie! I love simple cookie recipes like this. And lemon has been my favorite these days in both sweet and savory. What a beautiful blonde cookie…I can almost taste it! 🙂
Thanks Seana! I think it’s the lemon that really makes these cookies so moreish… it cuts through the sweetness a little, adding that tang that makes you want to go back for just one more… and then just one more…
Welcome lovely Margot, to Fiesta Friday!! I’m so glad you came, and look at these beautiful cookies that you brought to share with everyone!! That’s it. No more store bought cookies for me! I’ll be gathering those ingredients and baking these cookies for sure!! (And I can’t bake!!)
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe…I know that everyone will love it just as much as I do! Have a lovely weekend… ❤
Oh Prudy, I’m absolutely certain that you CAN bake!! I really hope you give them a try.
Thanks so much for co-hosting FF this week – I’m about to go and mingle a little more and see what you and everyone else has been up to recently! Have a great weekend! 🙂
I’m on board with these; cookies left on supermarket shelf.
Fantastic to hear that Stacey! I wish more people would follow your lead. 🙂
I would happily replace all my biscuits with these ones, shop bought or otherwise. They look and sound so delicious! I don’t put lemon zest into biscuits often, perhaps the occasional shortbread, so these are next to try 🙂
Thanks Trixpin, I’d happily bake up a batch to send you if I knew that they’d still be fresh by the time they reached you… 🙂
Thanks for bringing these to FF! I love the presentation! 😀
Thank you Kaila, very kind of you!
Cookies! Gimme the cookies! ALL the cookies!
Just kidding. Kinda. Thanks for bringing these to the Fiesta Friday party, they look great 🙂
Hahaha! Another like-minded Cookie Monster – great to see you at the Fiesta Jess! 🙂
Anything with lemon has got to be good. Lemon and white chocolate? You’ve got me drooling 🙂
I seem to be on the hunt for recipes using lemons right now, as our little potted trees are covered in fruit. It’s been so lovely to not have to buy them from the supermarket for a change! Thanks for you’re kind comment Loretta!
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These look wonderful and I have allthe ingredients to hand – biscuit baking tomorrow methinks!
That’s fabulous Tanya – I hope you enjoy them!
Margot, your lemon white chocolate cookies are gorgeous and perfect for an afternoon tea 🙂 Great for the party!
Thanks for your kind words Linda! The sun is beginning to go down on my Friday (these short winter’s days…) and the party hasn’t even started yet. 😉 Could you wake me up when everyone gets here – I’ll be the one snuggled under the blanket in my PJ’s! 🙂
I wont lie, I am snuggle under blankets too because of the AC, but yes you can count on me to wake you up before the fiesta 😀
Thank you Linda! 🙂
These look delicious Margot. Whilst I never have supermarket bought biscuits in my home, I (cringe) do have to admit that lack of time has me buying them for my kitchen garden volunteers to have with their cup of tea. Which is embarrassing just to write, because I’m all about teaching to cook from scratch! You’ve definitely inspired me to make something like this for them next time the cookie jar needs refilling, thank-you. They would enjoy them much more 🙂
Thanks very much Sam. These really do go perfectly with a cup of tea!
Please don’t feel embarrassed though… I’m very much inspired by people like you. You’re out there making a difference to the young people of the world!
Sometimes, simple things are the most beautiful ones…and these cookies are absolute beauties! Thank you for brining these to FF! I am sure these will be gone as soon as guests will arrive, so I hope saved more for later. 🙂
Thanks Jhuls! I think I’d better whip up another batch… they’ve been disappearing rapidly… not sure who could have eaten so many of these today?!! 😉 Eeeek, must start exercising!!!
Uh, not me! 😀
We should exercise together. Ugh! I forgot to do that this morning. Maybe tomorrow. 😀
Absolutely – tomorrow is the day! 😉
Oh really lovely, the white chocolate and lemon together sound delicious. They nice and soft and chewy, I’ll be waiting at the table for these beauties to arrive.
I’ll set aside a few, with your name on them Suzanne! 😉 Have a wonderful weekend!
Wow! Did I say WOW yet?!! These look and sound so super yummy!
So sweet of you Lori – thank you! They really are super yummy and I’m not sure whether I should be left here at home alone with them… 😉
Hmm, couldn’t help but notice very nice, white chocolate on special offer in a small store nearby. And I never normally eat the stuff. These are tempting. Do they keep well? It’s just any biscuits I’ve made before go stale after two days – my flat is that damp! Even wrapped and stored in airtight containers. Of course, I could scoff the lot before then!
Johnny, I’m not sure if our biscuits will make it through to Day 3 or 4, but I just tested another one out for you now (in the interests of science of course…) and they remain just as lovely as they were yesterday! Perhaps if you cook them for an extra minute or so and allow them to become quite crisp, it might help in keeping them fresh for a little longer. After they’ve cooled completely, mine just sit in a wax-paper lined airtight tin and they seem to do okay. Hope you give them a try, the lemon zing is lovely (I tried just a tablespoon of juice initially, but it didn’t quite sing lemon enough to me).
Are you coming along to the Fiesta this week? Have a lovely weekend! M 🙂
Thanks for that. They do sound lovely. Will hopefully try them over the weekend. I wouldn’t want to reduce/halve the recipe as there’s only one egg involved. Actually, I’ve just bought very delicious dried cranberries sweetened with pure pineapple juice this evening and those would work a treat here. No, not baking right now so nothing suitable for F&F. Have made panisse for the fist time, and had those this evening. With fresh thyme and za’atar. So good! But not ready to go as a post as yet. And likewise, have a great weekend. I’m desperate for some beauty sleep!
Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies – a lovely variation!
Dors bien Johnny! 🙂