When I was in high school, I had the most amazing group of friends, girls and guys.
We were known as “the herd,” I’m not sure why, but I guess it kind of fit.
There was about 25 of us in all and we loved hanging out with each other. We did everything together, including a Senior trip to Newport Beach. Now that was a blAsT!
It’s been a long time since I was in high school, but to this day we remain friends and still get together. The girls try and do dinner or lunch once a month, and then we usually do a summer BBQ and a Christmas party with the guys. Not all of us still live in Utah, but those of us that do try our best to make it. We laugh, reminisce, and share stories about our kids, our lives or whatever else.
I consider myself so lucky to have these life-long friends. I love everyone of them and would do anything for any of them.
This past week-end we had our summer BBQ with “the herd” and I made these cookies. They were a hit. A HuGe hit! So I thought I’d share them with you and maybe you can take them to your next BBQ.
- 1 cup butter , softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. lemon extract
- 3 C flour
- 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
- 1 pkg (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup whipping cream
Into a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, vanilla, and lemon extract. Beat until well mixed.
Add flour, baking powder, baking soda salt, mix until combined.
Roll the dough into 2 inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Press the top of each dough ball down gently with the palm of your hand.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies crack. Take them out of the oven and let them set on the cookie sheet for a couple minutes.
Remove the cookies from the sheet and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
In mixing bowl beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until slow.
With mixer going on low speed, slowly pour in the whipping cream. Increase mixer speed and continue beating until thick and smooth (this may take a couple minutes).
Frost each cookie with a generous amount.
Garnish with fresh fruit.
Recipe Source: Cookie recipe adapted from Jamie Cooks it Up