Papaya Lime Cookies

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Papaya and lime are two summer flavors that I like very much, though they're commonly seen in the drinks only. I wanted to try something different by creating a solid version to go with my iced fruity tea, so a new cookie was born! As usual, I couldn't help by adding more healthier and nutritious ingredients so I don't worry too much if I indulge myself from time to time. 😉

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Kitchen Gadgets: Oven
Serves: 32 cookies

Ingredients
1½ cups wholewheat pastry flour
¼ cup wheat germ
2 tbsp cornmeal
1 tbsp corn starch
½ tsp baking powder
pinch of sea salt
⅓ cup vegan butter
½ cup sugar
¼ cup papaya juice
½ tsp vanilla extract
5 tbsp lime zest (2 tbsp for ingredients, 3 tbsp for topping)

Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F).
2. Sift the flour, corn meal, corn starch, baking powder and salt and set aside. The wheat germ comes in flakes so it is unlikely to go through the sieve, so just add it to the sifted, dry ingredients.
3. In another bowl cream the vegan butter and sugar. Then add papaya juice, vanilla extract, mix well, then stir in 2 tbsp lime zest.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet gradually and mix to form a moist dough.
5. Use two small spoons to form round balls, 1 tbsp dough per ball, drop on the baking sheet, about 5 cm apart from each other. Use the back of the spoon to flatten the cookie, add some zest on the top.
6. Bake for 12 minutes, cool on a wire rack and have your afternoon tea.

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