Lemon-Filled Shortbread Cookies
- Serves: 36
- Active Time: 1 hr 30 mins
- Total Time: 4 hrs
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Step 1: Making the Filling• 1 1/2 tbsp lemon zest*
• 1/8 tsp gray salt
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp.
• 2 cups powdered sugar (icing sugar)
- Note: Depending on how large the lemons are, you may need 2 to 4 to obtain enough zest and juice for Steps 1 and 2.
To make the filling, first zest the lemon(s) and finely chop the zest even further. Add the lemon zest, salt and butter to a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy.
Next, slowly incorporate the icing sugar in several additions until everything is well blended. Add the salt and mix to evenly combine. The gray salt gives the filling a sweet/savory combo that is fantastic.
The filling can be made a day in advance. Just make sure it is at room temperature before you fill the cookies.
Step 2: Beginning the Cookie Dough• 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
• 1 tbsp lemon zest
To begin the cookie dough, first zest the lemon(s) and finely chop the zest even further. In a small pot, add the lemon zest and fresh lemon juice and bring to a simmer. Let this reduce to about 2 tablespoons. Once done, pour the mixture into a small bowl and let cool while you measure out the dry ingredients.
Step 3: Measuring the Dry Ingredients• 3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
Measure out the dry ingredients. Sift together and then set aside.
Step 4: Making the Cooking Dough• 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp.
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 2 large egg yolks
Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until thoroughly combined. Next, beat in the whole eggs, one at a time. Then add the egg yolks, reserved lemon mixture and beat again.
Finally, add the dry ingredients and mix until everything is just blended together (you may need to switch to a wooden spoon at this point).
Cover the dough and let chill for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
Step 5: Cutting Out and Baking the Cookies
Preheat the oven to 375°F or 190°C.
Line a few baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
On a lightly floured counter, roll out one-third of the dough to about 1/4" -inch thickness. Using a 1 1/2" to 2" -inch cookie cutter, cut out rounds (the size is really up to you). In between a few cuts, dip the cutter into a bit of flour to prevent sticking.
Place the rounds onto the baking sheets and bake for about 8 to 12 minutes or until the cookies just start to turn light golden around the edges. For the best results, bake the cookies one tray at a time, as this allows them to cook more evenly. Store the cut, uncooked cookies on the tray in the refrigerator while the others are baking.
Once baked, transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely. Continue with the remaining dough until all of the cookies are baked.
Step 6: Filling the Cookies
Spread about 2 teaspoons of the lemon filling onto the flat side of half of the cookies. Spoon the filling in the middle of the cookie or pipe it into the center. Piping will help the filling to spread out more evenly when the cookies are pressed together. It is also faster.
Step 7: Assembling the Cookies
To assemble the cookies, place the flat side of a second cookie onto the filling. Gently press the two cookies together. That’s it!
- by Dawn Thomas
- December 22, 2008
These cookies make a nice treat for a brunch or afternoon tea. They also make a very nice gift.