- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup mashed ripe, Fresh California Avocado
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 lemons, zest only
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- Red, white and blue sanding sugars, for decorating*
*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.
As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados.
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl; set aside.
Place the butter and avocado into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until smooth. Add the sugar and the lemon zest and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg, mixing well, then the extract and lemon juice. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined, scraping the sides of the bowl.
Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a tablespoon to measure, scoop the dough (it will be sticky) into balls. Roll each ball into the sanding sugars, covering the entire ball. Place the sugar-coated dough balls on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Slightly flatten each ball.
Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are set, but the middles are still soft to the touch. Let cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to cooling racks to cool completely.
Serving suggestion: You may mix all three of your sanding sugar colors together, or make separate red, white and blue cookies. Image shows cookies with white sanding sugar only.
Beverage pairing: Nice with a cup of hot tea.
Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 160; Total Fat 6 g (Sat 3 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 0 g, Mono 1.5 g); Cholesterol 25 mg; Sodium 190 mg; Potassium 50 mg; Total Carbohydrates 26 g; Dietary Fiber 1 g; Total Sugars 14 g; Protein 2 g; Vitamin A 157 (IU); Vitamin C 3 mg; Calcium 7 mg; Iron 0.8 mg; Vitamin D 5 (IU); Folate 35 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.028 g
% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 4%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 0%; Iron 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Recipe provided by California Avocado Commission. Copyright @2013