{Food Dish} Cookie Recipe Contest Winner + Recipe

LDS Living staff - April 14, 2011

Introducing the winner of our first ever best cookie recipe contest: Lemon Crinkle Cookies. They're probably the best cookie we've ever tasted - absolutely delicious.

If you're coming to us from Pinterest, welcome! Make sure to check out some of our other contest-winning recipes:

Best Dessert Bar: Super Yummy Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Best Casserole: Verde Chicken Mexican Lasagna

Best Jell-O Recipe: Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake

Best Party Food: Mango-Bacon Guacamole

Best Soup: Chicken Poblano Soup


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This was a tough decision, but with the help of our colleagues at Deseret Book Corporate and our celebrity judges, including Lion House head baker Brenda Hopkin, we narrowed down the field and we have a winner for the best cookie recipe.

We are pleased to announce the winner of best cookie is the Lemon Crinkle Cookie by Lauren Brennan from Hood River, Oregon. Congratulations!

We loved how they tasted both fresh and sweet, had the right amount of chewiness, and we couldn't help going back for seconds and thirds.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Makes 2-3 dozen

Ingredients:
½ cups butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoons baking powder
⅛ teaspoons baking soda
1-½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cups powdered sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

*If using a non-stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

Lauren Brennan; laurenslatest.com

3rd Runner Up: Tiger's Blood Bites
2nd Runner Up: Truffled Bird Nest Cookies
1st Runner Up: Quadruple Chip Cookies


So, that's the end of our first-ever Best Cookie Contest! We hope you had fun following the process. And a BIG thank you to everyone who participated!

To see results from our dessert bar contest, check our our winning recipes for Butterscotch Nutella Bars, Chocolate Orange Bars, and Strawberry Limeade Bars.

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