These Lemon Cayenne Cookies are for grown ups. Nobody said cookies are just for kids (Trix are for kids. Cap’n Crunch is for kids. Kids without grown up guidance some might say). But cookies, when they’re done right, can have sophisticated flavor profiles that appeal to the grown ups among us.
The trend may have started a few years ago when sea salt and caramel began to push the sweet and salty envelope. This was followed by an explosion of “sweet” bacon treats– including cookies. Pretty soon we adults were all munching on Parmesan crisps, sesame brittle and jalapeño popcorn balls. But if you’re like me there’ s a small part of you that misses plain old cookies straight from the cookie jar.
But cayenne cookies– really? Cayenne?
Despite the expectations people usually have about cayenne, these Lemon Cayenne Cookies are not savory cookies. They’re not spicy little cocktail bites designed to set the palate for a bracing belt of something strong. They’re not conversation starters playfully shocking the sensibilities of traditionalists. Little savory delights like that have a place in grown up life, of course they do. But so do sweet treats– straight from the cookie jar. As long as they’re not too sweet, and not too cloying. Sprinkles are for kids. So pull up your big boy (or girl) pants and learn a little bit about these Lemon Cayenne Cookies. They were created to intrigue and satisfy both sides of the adult palate.
These sweet, crumbly lemon crackle cookies lash the tongue with the unusual combination of tart lemon and spicy cayenne. But don’t worry it’s a gentle tongue lashing, and an intriguing combination. Just as you’re finishing one of these Lemon Cayenne Cookies– the cayenne flickers on the tip of your tongue, reminding you that this is a cookie for grown ups. GREG