Cucumbers aren't usually an ingredient one thinks to put and profile in a scrumptious spiced cookie recipe. Right? Well this is how it happened.
I wanted to make a drippy egg fried deli turkey slice sandwich. The raw egg yolk broke into the little glass bowl. I decided to try again with another egg. Hence leaving a raw broken egg for another use. That takes care of the egg part.
Comparing prices for cucumbers online, a package of three was less expensive than just one. Bought the package and the cucumbers got soft as they waited to be eaten. Hence too many cucumbers. Took one and the recipe was born. Actually I was looking for cucumber recipes for baking or cooking. Found one and made it my own by changing a whole bunch.
This recipe makes a slightly soft cookie on the inside, crispy on the outside, and you'd swear, if you swear, that these were delicious oatmeal hermit cookies! You do not taste the cucumber, at all.
Don't skip the glaze, which adds the tangy sweet taste that the slightly boring naked cookies are missing. Together, the lemony glazed cookies taste like heaven!
These cookies mix up in no time. They bake up in no time. And taste so yummy when you are stuck in during this lockdowned pandemic. Have fun with it and savour the flavours! YUMMY!
Lightly Spiced Cucumber Walnut Cookies with Tart Lemon Glaze
Makes about 34 cookies
Spiced Cucumber Cookies
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 large English cucumber (approximately 1 cup grated cucumber peeled, seeds removed, drain)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt (any salt works)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (any nut works)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line 2 cookie sheets with a Silpat or parchment. You can also grease them if you don’t have the linings. In an electric or hand mixer, combine butter and sugar. Beat in egg and,
Grate cucumber (use any grate as it mushes anyway). Note: grate cucumber over a sieve, over a bowl. Allow for most of the liquid to drip out (lots will drip into the bowl).
Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and walnuts.
Mix until just combined.
With a 1 tablespoon portion scoop or you can just drop by tablespoons on the prepared cookie sheets. Press lightly with the palm of your hand to flatten slightly.
Bake 12-13 minutes. Allow to cool.
Spread Tart Lemon Glaze with a knife or dip each cookie.
Tart Lemon Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon rind
Mix powdered sugar and lemon juice together in bowl.