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Buddha’s Hand Lemon Drop Cookies

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.

Buddha's Hand

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

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Buddha's Hand, citrus, cookies, lemon
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chilling time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Buddha's Hand

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!

Buddha's Hand Lemon Drop Cookies

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.

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8 Responses to Buddha’s Hand Lemon Drop Cookies

  1. Samuela January 21, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Your recipe doesn’t indicate when to add the flour mixture to the egg/sugar/butter mixture. When do you add it?

    • Jeanne January 26, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

      Good catch, Samuela! The flour mixture is added after all of the wet ingredients are combined. I’ve corrected the recipe. Thanks!

      • Naira October 30, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

        Hello Jeane. Thank you very much for the Buddha’s hand cookie recipe. I bought that fruit just because it was so beautiful to me … but then it started to rotten and I didnt know what to do with that. I dont drink hard liquor to use some of recipies I found, so i used a lots of ” Tentacles” for my bottled water and keped it overnight in the fridge. It is very refreshing!
        But the cookies are amazing! I made it with a little extra butter and added a little more flour. Delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  2. Naira October 30, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

    Hello Jeane. Thank you very much for the Buddha’s hand cookie recipe. I bought that fruit just because it was so beautiful to me … but then it started to rotten and I didnt know what to do with that. I dont drink hard liquor to use some of recipies I found, so i used a lots of ” Tentacles” for my bottled water and keped it overnight in the fridge. It is very refreshing!
    But the cookies are amazing! I made it with a little extra butter and added a little more flour. Delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Jeanne October 30, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

      Fantastic! Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know, Naira!

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