Friday, June 8, 2012
Just In Time For The Summer
If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind way to use up some fresh strawberries, then you've come to the right place. These cream cheese cookies are bursting with fresh strawberry flavor with a touch of zesty lime while the white chocolate adds just the decadent touch to make these soft textured, unique cookies a colorful addition to a summer menu. For best results, use only fresh, ripe strawberries chopped shortly before adding to the dough.
White Chocolate Strawberry Cookies
1 c. butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 c. sugar
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
Zest from 3 limes, finely chopped (about 1 ½ tbsp.)
3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 c. fresh strawberries, finely chopped to about the size of chocolate chips (NOTE: do not chop the strawberries until you're going to add them to the dough)
12 oz. white chocolate chips
In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, and 2 cups of sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and lime juice and lime zest. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Gently fold in chopped strawberries (drain any accumulated juices first) and white chocolate chips.
Gently scoop into balls on a greased baking sheet (or a parchment paper lined baking sheet) and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute before removing to wire racks. These are best eaten fresh (right out of the oven is good) or within a couple of days.