by Olivia (Livie) Greyson and Maddie Briggs
From THE COOKIE CUTTER SHOP MYSTERIES, by Virginia Lowell.
You can visit Livie and Maddie in their latest adventure, Dead Men Don’t Eat Cookies.
Olivia Greyson unlocked the front door of her shop and stepped into a lemon-scented cloud. Really, really lemon scented. She headed straight for the kitchen and poked her head inside. “Maddie, did you spill the lemon extract again?”
Maddie’s froth of red hair was, as usual, dotted with flour. “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing,” she said. “My mom used to say that.” She pointed toward a rack of cooling cookies. “I thought I’d try to replicate Mom’s lemon chip cookies, just for fun. Of course, what Mom called lemon chips was really a sheet of lemon-flavored white chocolate broken into pieces. Well, actually we smashed it into pieces with a kitchen mallet. Mom knew how to have a good time.”
“I haven’t had breakfast, and lemon is a fruit, right?” Olivia selected a cookie from the cooling rack and studied it. “I’m having a hard time with the concept of chips that aren’t… you know, chocolate.”
“Don’t be a fuddy-duddy. I ordered these lemon chips online, so I’m not the only one using them.” Maddie picked up a cookie, took a bite, and sighed. “I’ve missed these. Although I might have overdone the lemon extract. Next time I’ll try half as much and add some vanilla.”
Olivia studied her best friend’s freckled face. “You’re missing your mom, aren’t you? Whenever I miss my dad, I make chocolate chip cookies. They were his favorite.” She took a tentative bite of her lemon cookie. “Wow, this is yummy.” Olivia reached for another cookie. “And surprisingly addictive. Shall we share them with our customers?”
The two friends smiled wickedly and shook their heads. “Maybe not,” Olivia said.
“After all, I need to perfect the recipe,” Maddie scooped up two more cookies.
“Absolutely,” Olivia said. “Meanwhile, we probably should destroy the evidence.”
Lemon Chip Cookies
1 cup butter, softened (or 1/2 Cup butter and 1/2 Cup canola oil)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 package lemon baking chips*
Preheat oven to 375℉.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Put aside.
Beat butter (or butter and oil), granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Stir in lemon chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto cool, un-greased baking sheets.
Bake for about 8-9 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
*If you have trouble finding lemon baking chips, you can order them online.
SUBMITTED BY VIRGINIA LOWELL
Virginia Lowell is the author of COOKIE DOUGH OR DIE, A COOKIE BEFORE DYING, WHEN THE COOKIE CRUMBLES, ONE DEAD COOKIE, COOKIES AND SCREAM, and DEAD MEN DON’T EAT COOKIES. Visit Virginia at: www.virginialowell.com