1/2cupunsalted butter(1 stick), at room temperature
2tablespoonslight cream cheese(1 ounce) (do not use fat free—you will need 1, 8-ounce brick of cream cheese total for the recipe)
1teaspoonpure vanilla extract
1/2teaspoonfreshly grated lemon zest
1large eggat room temperature
For the frosting:
7ounceslight cream cheese,use the remaining cream cheese that you did not put in the cookies above
1-2teaspoons milkany kind you like
1/2teaspoonpure vanilla extract
1cup powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat mat . In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 3 full minutes, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract, lemon zest, and egg, stopping to scrape down the bowl again. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture, beating just until incorporated.
With a small cookie scoop or spoon, scoop the dough by tablespoonfuls and roll into a ball. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. With your fingers, lightly press the cookie balls to a 1/4-inch thickness. If the dough is sticky, dampen your fingers slightly.
Bake the cookies for 9 minutes, until the edges barely begin to brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then gently transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the cream cheese frosting: In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese on medium speed for 2 minutes, until smooth. Reduce the mixer speed to low, beat in 1 teaspoon milk and vanilla extract until combined. With the mixer running gradually add the powdered sugar. Once the powdered sugar is incorporated, increase the mixer speed to high and beat for 1 full minute. Add additional milk, 1 teaspoon at at a time, if you desire a thinner frosting consistency.
Spread the frosting over the cookies, then top with fresh fruit. Enjoy!
Unbaked cookie dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Baked, unfrosted cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 4 days. Leftover frosted cookies will last in the refrigerator for a few days, but will continue to soften. For best results, frost and top cookies the same day they are served.
Serving: 1cookie (topped with a moderately thin layer of frosting and 1 strawberry)Calories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 46mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10g
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