Lemon Crinkle Cookies

For all the lemon lovers out there.

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.

Recipe of the Day: Chicken Basic Tomato Pasta

Sometimes you just have to make up a recipe if you’re down to few ingredients. So here’s what I did tonight for the Broncos game! Sorry there aren’t very many photos. I wasn’t sure how it would actually turn out.

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Ingredients:

1 package of pasta (I used penne)

1 Tbs olive oil

1/2 onion

tsp garlic

1 Tbs butter

1 Tbs flour

3/4 cup milk/ cream

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

1/2 cup parmesan/ feta cheese (optional)

S & P to taste

1 tomato

1/4 cup basil

1 can of chicken (or any kind of chicken available)

Directions:

First things first start the pasta and cook according to directions until al dente. (If frying chicken, do this in same pan as everything else and just set aside until the end once it is finished cooking.) Then, chop up your onions and saute them with garlic in olive oil. While this is going, cut tomato into bite size pieces and chop basil. Once soft, remove from pan and set aside. Melt butter in same pan until browning. Once hot, whisk in flour. When it starts to brown, pour in milk while continuously whisking. Season sauce with red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Allow to simmer until it begins to thicken. Add in cheese and melt on low heat. Once melted, add back in onion and garlic, as well as tomato, basil, and chicken. Once everything is heated through, drain your pasta and toss sauce with pasta.

Note: This would also be good with asparagus, broccoli, peas, mushrooms, or any veggie really.

I hope you enjoy this ten minute pasta dish as much as i did for a made up recipe!

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