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Blueberry Lemon Barnacles (adapted from Giada De Laurentiis)
2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of sugar
1 Tablespoon of fresh lemon zest (about 4 lemons)
1/2 cup (that's 1 stick) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
1/4 cup of half and half + extra if needed (whole milk is fine)
1/2 teaspoon of pure almond extract
1 cup of blueberries (if they're frozen, drain and thaw them first.)
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking Powder, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of your stand mixer (or any large bowl) add the sugar and lemon zest. Using your fingertips, work the zest into the sugar until it becomes moist and aromatic. Add the butter and using the paddle attachment or regular beaters, beat everything together until light and creamy. Add the egg yolk and almond extract, beat to incorporate. Add the cream and beat well. On low speed, or with a large spatula/wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture just until the streaks of flour have disappeared. If the dough feels too stiff and doesn't seem to hold together, add about 1 more Tablespoon of cream or milk. Gently fold in the blueberries.
Cover the bowl and chill for at least 3 hours.
Preheat the oven to 375F. Line cookies sheets with parchment paper.
Using two small spoons (I used about 1/2 Tablespoon measuring spoon), drop the batter onto the cookie sheets. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until the edges just begin to turn golden brown. Cool the sheets on a cooling rack before removing.
Makes about 25-30 barnacles.