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Healthy Cookies : Currant & Lemon Cookies

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Peachpurple loves to bake assorted cakes, muffins and cookies. All the recipes posted at Hubpages were originally baked and tasted.

Tasty Currant & Lemon Cookies

Freshly baked from the oven!

Freshly baked from the oven!

Looking for low cholesterol cookies?

Instead of buying cookies from bakery shops or shopping centre, why not bake some homemade Currant and Lemon Cookies at the comfort of your home.

  • Store bought cookies may contain saturated fats from the margarine they had used and too much coarse sugar may increase your blood sugar level.
  • The main reason why I don’t buy store cookies anymore does not know what or the quantity of the ingredients used in these cookies.
  • By making homemade cookies, I will know how much sugar, butter, flour that I had included in my cookies.
  • I am able to handle the amount of calories and reduce cholesterol level when consuming these delicious crunchy cookies.



Reduce Sugar & Butter

In addition this Currant and Lemon Cookies taste AWESOME, far better than store bought cookies which are sold in cake box at pricey price tag. Some cookies were broken due to shipper’s negligence or shoppers dropping them onto the floor and put them back on the shelves. Who knows how long these cookies were made and displayed on the sales rack!

In this cookie recipe, I had reduced the amount of:

  • Sugar from 120g to 90g (3.17 ounce)
  • Butter from 180g to 120g (4.23 ounce )
  • You can add in more currants if you desire or replace them with chopped red cherries, dates or sultanas.



Table Conversion to US Measurement

Flour / Sugar   

1/8 cup (2 Tablespoons)

16 g

.563 oz

1/4 cup

32 g

1.13 oz

1/3 cup

43 g

1.5 oz

1/2 cup

64 g

2.25 oz

3/4 cup

96 g

3.38 oz

1 cup

128 g

4.5 oz

Butter  

1/4 cup of butter

57 g

 

1/3 cup of butter

76 g

 

1/2 cup of butter

113 g

 

Gram to Ounce  

80g = 2.8 ounce

240g = 8.5 ounce

 

120g = 4.2 ounce

 

 

30g = 1.0 ounce

 

 

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

30 min

50-60 pieces

Ingredients

  • 120g butter
  • 80g granulated sugar, or icing sugar
  • 1 egg, Grade A
  • 1 lemon, finely grated zest and juice
  • 30g currants / raisins, chopped
  • 240g plain flour,, sieved
  • 1 egg, for glazing (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 180C. Line cookie tray with baking sheet with a little butter.

Cream butter and eggs

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Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy

Beat in the egg and mix well.

Grate the lemon zest

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Add in the lemon zest and juice and chopped currants.

Mix again until all ingredients are well blended.

Beat the batter

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Pour in sieved flour and stir until it will form a stiff batter.

Transfer to a floured surface.

Spread flour onto flat surface

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Knead well and then transfer it back to the mixing bowl. Chill in fridge for 30 min.

Roll out the dough on lightly floured surface.

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Dip cookie cutters into the flour so that the cookie dough does not stick into it.

Stamp the cookies out, transfer to the lightly greased baking sheet.

Place cookies onto greased baking tray

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Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until the cookies turn golden brown.

The cookies may feel soft after freshly bake.

Leave them to cool on the rack for 10 minutes.

You will be amazed that these cookies turn firm and crunchy after that.

Store in air tight container.

Lemons

Why Use Lemons?


Everyone has a misunderstanding that lemon tastes sour at first sight. If you combine lemon juice with sugar or honey, it gives you a refreshing beverage that perks you up like coffee or tea.

  • Like any other fruits, lemons consist of flavanoid substance that includes anti-oxidant, an anti-cancer compound that keeps your body cell from developing cancer cells.
  • In addition, lemons are extremely high in vitamin C, just like orange juice, a power pack oval yellow fruit that protect our immune system from breaking down easily.
  • It is the best natural antibiotic that doctor cannot prescribe to prevent you from catching flue, runny nose, cold and achy bones.
  • As our body comes contact with free radical s daily when we are expose to open air public places, offices and schools, the airborne germs and bacteria penetrates through our skin and the air that we breathe in.
  • Hence, the vitamin C in lemons neutralizes all the free radicals both in our body system and our skin. Lemons resemble the knights while vitamin C resembles the shields, as the knights use the shields to protect our body from coming down with common illness.

Hence, why not add in 1 zest of lemon with the freshly squeeze juice into your cakes, muffins or cookies instead of chocolate chips?


Raisins and red cherries

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Easy Way To Make Lemon Zest

Why Choose Currants?


Oh yes, not to be forgotten. Adding chopped currants into my cookies give an additional benefit in providing fiber to our digestive system.

  • As you know, currants are like raisins, figs, bran and oats which provide fiber and soluble to our intestines and bowel system to enhance a smooth bowel movement daily.
  • With the fiber, the waste turns soft and breakable rather than hard stool that induces constipation in kids and young adults.
  • Therefore, I always add in a handful of chopped dried fruits and a wide variety of chopped roasted nuts into my cookies for additional nutrients and fiber.
  • Thus, I make sure that my kids consume healthy low cholesterol cookies instead of letting indulge in sweet, chocolate cookies.




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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2014 peachy

Comments

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on July 05, 2020:

@sangre

Glad that you like these combinations

Sp Greaney from Ireland on June 28, 2020:

I would never have though about putting these two combinations together. Smart idea. Plus they are way more healthier than shop ones.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on June 16, 2018:

Thanks, do you have lemon recipes too?

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on May 29, 2018:

Thanks for reading, glad that you will try someday

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on May 29, 2018:

I love lemon flavor. I had some lemon cookies recently and really enjoyed them. Perhaps I will try using this recipe some time soon. Thanks for sharing it.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on January 30, 2017:

https://hubpages.com/@intriguewriter

I am sure you will love this cookies

intriguewriter from worldwide on January 29, 2017:

I will try this in the week, thanks for posting.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on June 16, 2016:

https://hubpages.com/@bryanchasegentry,

thanks very much, appreciated, hope that you will enjoy

Chase Gentry from Nashville, Tennessee on June 12, 2016:

Looks delicious. We'll written blog and I'm going to try this recipe out really soon.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on July 26, 2015:

thanks suzanne, hope that these cookies turn out delicious

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on July 25, 2015:

These look lovely and easy to make - might have to try out a few this afternoon!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on May 10, 2015:

Thanks thelma, yes a perfect gift for xmas, happy mommy day

Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 09, 2015:

Yummy! I love everything with lemons especially lemon cakes and cookies. I´ll try this this coming Christmas and give them for gifts. Thanks for sharing. Happy Mother´s Day for tomorrow. Pinned!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on May 04, 2015:

thanks marlene, it is indeed healthy, I agree

Marlene Bertrand from USA on May 02, 2015:

This is the healthiest cookie recipe I have ever seen.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on March 27, 2015:

Thanks, indeed, lots of nutritions

jtrader on March 26, 2015:

You are right. Lemon is good for the body and so are currants.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on March 14, 2015:

me too, lemon juice, lemon cakes, lemon jellies

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 14, 2015:

I like the taste of lemon in almost everything so I'll try this.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on March 04, 2015:

clever idea! Using green color for these cookies is idea for st. patricks day

C E Clark from North Texas on March 03, 2015:

Cookies are ever popular for every occasion it seems. They're easy to store in most cases and so always ready if guests drop by. These look great and I bet with a few drops of green food coloring they would be perfect for Saint Patrick's day, just 2 weeks from now. Voted up!

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on March 03, 2015:

These sound and look delicious! Thanks for sharing your healthier cookie recipe.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on February 04, 2015:

Your cookie recipe looks very tasty. I love lemons in baked goods.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on January 11, 2015:

@Emese

thanks, glad that someone appreciate the mini article on the lemons.

Emese Fromm from The Desert on January 10, 2015:

These look great! I will definitely make them. I am a fan of lemons in baking and currants, too. Beautiful pictures and easy to follow recipe. Great mini-articles about the lemon and currants. Thank you for posting this.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on January 05, 2015:

dear sweetiepie

thanks, ls try to let me know

dear arachnea

thanks, have you made them?

dear sanjay

thanks, are cashews expensive in yr country?

Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on January 05, 2015:

The recipe is very interesting. I am going to try it.

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on January 04, 2015:

These look scrumptious. I may make them today. Sharing.

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on December 26, 2014:

Your cookie recipe sounds really good.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on December 26, 2014:

Thanks pstraubie, you are an angel with kind words

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 26, 2014:

Thank you so much for this. I am always looking for alternate versions of cookies that make a healthy tasty treat.

I am bookmarking to try soon.

Shared, pinned, g+

Angels are on the way to you once again this morning. ps

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on December 18, 2014:

thanks, i am sure you will enjoy the lemon cookies, thanks

tebo from New Zealand on December 17, 2014:

These cookies look and sound delicious. They seem easy enough to make and I hope to try them out soon. Thanks for the follow.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on December 14, 2014:

@Besarien

thanks, I never try ginger with lemon yet. Maybe my next experiment with coookies

Besarien from South Florida on December 14, 2014:

These are everything I want in a lemon cookie. I really think the currants do more for the flavor that other dried fruits would have done. I'm glad I waited until I found some. I will be giving these out as my official less untraditional but far more tasty Christmas cookies to friends and neighbors this year. Yes readers, they are that good! I was a little skeptical on whether they would be sufficiently lemony for me and had planned to increase the zest before trying a tiny test batch. I thought they were pretty close to perfect. One thing I might add next time is a tiny pinch of ground ginger. I like how lemon and ginger play together. Grated fresh ginger would be too strong. Thanks for sharing your from scratch cookie know-how. Brilliant hub! Great recipe! Voted up.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on December 10, 2014:

@rebeccamealey

yes, with the holidays coming, it is wise to consume less calories foodie

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on December 10, 2014:

@Besarien

thanks very much. You could replace currant with raisins, cherries or dried fruits too

Besarien from South Florida on December 04, 2014:

Thanks for a recipe that made my mouth water just reading it! Lemon cookies are the kryptonite of my every diet. I quite like currants too. I could happily eat the picture. I have to track down some currents first but that shouldn't take long. Then I am going to try your cookies and let you know what I think! Well done on a beautiful hub too!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 04, 2014:

These sound wonderful, and look great in your photos. It's good to have a healthier recipe for cookies with the holidays coming up. Thanks!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on December 04, 2014:

@RanaKm

thanks for dropping by. Glad that you like it

RanaKm on December 02, 2014:

Ah, that's a good info thank you!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on December 02, 2014:

you use UK or USA measurement? I will add in the table

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2014:

These cookies sound good and they are so pretty with the cutout designs that you used. Will have to convert the measurements before I can make these. Pinning this to my cookies board! Thanks!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on November 29, 2014:

RanaKm

Eggs are added to cookies, cakes and bread in order to soften the dought/batter. If no eggs, it will turn out a little hard like a rock

RanaKm on November 29, 2014:

If you say " Eggs" to my mom, she would totally freak out and say no! hahah she hates eggs with these kind of sweets, she thinks it gives it a bad flavor but the lemon can take that away! Also oranges can be good for that..I still always wonder why eggs should be added to prepare cookies, bread and cakes though?

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on November 06, 2014:

dear vespawoolf

thanks, you did mentioned a good idea in adding cranberries. It is rare to get this berry here. Cheers

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 06, 2014:

This cookie recipe sounds delicious. I love lemon in cookies. I would probably choose dried cranberries instead of the currants, although that´s just a personal preference. Currants are delicious, too.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on October 21, 2014:

thanks, you should try them, it was lovely and crisp

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 06, 2014:

Looks so good and I love lemon!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on October 03, 2014:

hi RTalloni

Thanks, I love baking cookies

RTalloni on October 03, 2014:

Looks like a wonderful recipe…mmm. Thanks for sharing it with additional info.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on September 21, 2014:

thanks, hope that you will try it out and let me know

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 13, 2014:

I like recipes with a taste of lemon and this sounds so delicious and a simple to follow recipe.

Kari on September 09, 2014:

I am totally with you on the 'why'. I like to know exactly what is going in my food and how much, which is why home cooking is 99% of what we eat in our home, from breads to soups to cookies!

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on September 03, 2014:

@Susan Recipes

Hi! Nice to see you here and at Bubblews.

@ChitrangadaSharan

Thanks, happy that my cellphone camera is taking good shots

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Susan from India on August 29, 2014:

Perfect cookies for me. The pictures are amazing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 25, 2014:

This is perfect, with amazing pictures and illustrations! I like your combination of ingredients and why you chose them.

Voted up and pinned!

Dianna Mendez on August 24, 2014:

Love this recipe idea and your advice on sugars. I drink my water with a slice of lemon each morning for the benefit you mention here.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on August 23, 2014:

These cookie sound awesome. I will most definitely be trying them.

Dil Vil from India on August 22, 2014:

So good to know, will give that a try. Thank you...

Faith Reaper from southern USA on August 22, 2014:

Oh, yum! These look so delicious. I love anything lemon, but lemon cookies are the best. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Great instructions and photos!

Up +++ tweeting and pinning

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