Lemon Pudding Cookies - (Almost) Instant Gratification
If you read my blog regularly, then you know that I love anything lemon. I have a mountain of lemon recipes from cake to cookies to yeast bread. One of the things I love most about lemon is its versatility. Lemon is wonderful on its own as the star of the show. But lemon is also a very generous player, sharing the stage happily with other flavors and providing a cheery background to let those flavors shine through in all their glory. Such is the case for this yummy treat - lemon pudding cookies with blueberries, raspberries and vanilla chips. Soft and sweet-tart, chunky and chewy, these cookies are always popular. You can find the recipe for these gems on one of my favorite blogs - Two Peas and Their Pod. I tweaked the recipe only slightly - I added the dried raspberries to the dried blueberries and I substituted vanilla chips for white chocolate chips.
So what makes these cookies so darn good? A few things. Lemon pudding mix, the instant kind, gives them not only that lovely color and flavor but also a soft texture that is just irresistible. Fresh lemon zest boosts the lemony goodness. The dried blueberries and raspberries soften during the baking process and are delightfully chewy. Don't be tempted to use fresh fruit in these cookies. Fresh blueberries and raspberries have too much water in them and will make the cookies soggy. Finally, the vanilla chips round out the flavor profile, pushing the finished cookie over the top. I have made these cookies without the chips and there is a noticeable difference in the final product.
If you have trouble finding the dried blueberries and raspberries in your local grocery store, try looking for them online. I buy them from Nuts.com. In fact, a search for dried raspberries years ago is what lead me to Nuts.com in the first place. Nuts.com was the only place that I could find the dried raspberries. Their product line is extensive and the prices are really good. But the best part about shopping with Nuts.com is the customer service. It is phenomenal. Orders are shipped out usually the same day they are placed and they arrive at your door very quickly. On occasion, I have received an order from Nuts.com in just over 24 hours without paying extra for overnight shipping! No joke! I don't know how that happens but it keeps me going back to them time and time again.
If you enjoy lemon treats, I hope that you give these tasty cookies a try. They come together easily and are done in about an hour. It doesn't get much better than that. Happy baking!