The Buddha’s Hand citrus fruit is beautiful, creepy, fascinating, and hauntingly fragrant. But once we’re finished looking at it and smelling it, we never quite know what to do with it. Whereas other novelty fruits often take on the starring role, you won’t find many cookbooks that overflow with Buddha’s Hand recipes.
A variety of citron, it is basically a giant gnarled yellow fruit that is covered with finger-like protrusions. If you cut it open, you won’t find much; just a mass of white pith. But the fragrance is so intense – like a lemon on steroids – that you just want to sit around on a tropical lanai inhaling its scent all day.
Earlier this week, we decided to do something with it so that it wouldn’t feel so left out and under-appreciated. We grated the pith and made a super-intense version of Lemon Crinkle Cookies. We adapted these cookies from The Kitchen Paper, but this lemon crinkle cookie recipe seems to be just about everywhere, so it may sound familiar.
Buddha’s Hand Lemon Drop Cookies
Buddha's Hand Lemon Drop Cookies
A tasty lemon crinkle cookie made with the mysterious fruit known as Buddha's Hand
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp grated Buddha's Hand zest (heaping)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the granulated sugar and the Buddha's Hand zest until evenly combined. Add the butter and cream the mixture until thoroughly combined; add the eggs and continue mixing. Add the lemon juice and vanilla and mix until smooth. Then gradually stir in the flour mixture until well blended. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll the dough into small quarter-sized balls and then toss gently in the powdered sugar until lightly coated. Place on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Makes 3 dozen cookies.
The intense lemon-y flavor of these cookies is certainly a draw for anyone who loves tangy desserts.
So now, as for the Buddha’s Hand, what do you think: Is it creepy or sweet?
And if you like it, pin it!
P.S. Love all kinds of tangy desserts? Give these lemon bars a try!
Blogger disclosure: Melissa’s provided us with Buddha’s Hand to sample. We did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are our own.