Lemon Kisses

Saturday 19 March 2016

Lemon Kisses

I do believe I have found THE perfect lemon cookie.   I love lemon anything and these cookies are just the absolute epitome of what are some beautiful lemon flavours!   

I SO adore lemon in anything, pies, cakes, cookies.  Even savoury dishes. I absolutely love Lemon Chicken.

These cookies are crisp, buttery and full on lemony!  Wowsa wowsa!   Pucker up because these cookies are going to slap you with a lovely lemon kiss!

Lemon Kisses

They are so simple to make  nd bake as well.  The recipe is one I adapted from a little BBC Good Food Book, entitled Easy Baking Recipes.  

I love those little BBC books, they are chock full of great recipes. I have quite a few of them. When I first moved to the UK I had a subscription to Good Food Magazine.  

It was a real favourite of mine. Always filled with great recipes, and so are these little books.

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The dough for these cookies is simple butter dough. It is flavoured with lemon and vanilla.

The baked cookie is tender and flakey. I would say that they are not quite shortbread like, but very close. They have a beautiful texture when baked.

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The lemon flavour in the cookie itself is very subtle, but not overly so.  It's definitely there.

It just doesn’t smack you in the face! 

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Additional lemon flavour comes from the lemon curd which you use to sandwich these lovely biscuits together with.  Use a good quality curd. I like to one which I know is thick and puckeringly lemony  flavoured. 

 It is worth it to pay a bit more for a quality curd or even to make your own if you can. These lovely biscuits deserve more than the cheap stuff.  You won't be sorry.

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 Yet another layer of lemon flavour comes in the sweet lemon icing which is drizzled over top of the sandwiched biscuits.  Drizzle icings are very easy to make.

Whisk together a few ingredients and drizzle. Easy peasy.  But, that's not all . . . there is more.

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 A finishing sprinkle of freshly grated lemon zest seals the deal and completes three layers of delightful lemon tastiness.

These are lemon cookies you can write home about. These are the lemon cookies you have dreamed about.

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Simply put  . . .  these are gorgeous. These are beautiful enough to serve for a special occasion, like a tea party or a birthday party.

But they are simple enough to enjoy every day. Be warned. You are sure to fall in love! 

Lemon Kisses

*Lemon Kisses*
Makes about 20 double biscuits/cookies

Use a good quality thick lemon curd for these.  If you love lemon, you will quite simply adore these. 

200g soft butter (7 ounces or 14 TBS)
140g caster sugar (3/4 cup)
1 large free range egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
the zest of two lemons
the juice of one lemon
300g of plain flour, plus a bit extra for dusting (2 cups plus  2 1/2 TBS, plus extra for dusting)
1/2 jar good quality lemon curd
140g of icing sugar, sifted (3/4 cup) 

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 Line a few large baking trays with baking paper.  Set aside.

Cream the butter together with the sugar, egg yolk, vanilla and the zest of one lemon until well combined.  Add the flour and stir together.  You may need to use your hands near the end to make sure the flour is completely incorporated, and you have a smooth dough.   Divide the dough in half and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured board.  Stamp into 2 1/2 inch rounds.  Reroll trimmings and recut until you have used all the dough. Place on baking sheets.  Chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Preheat the oven to 200*C.400*F/ gas mark 6.

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Bake the cookies, one tray at a time, on the middle rack of the oven until pale golden brown, about 8 minutes or so. Scoop off onto wire rack to cool.   Allow to cool completely  before proceeding.
Spread half of the biscuits with some lemon curd, and top with the remaining biscuits.

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Whisk the icing sugar together with enough of the lemon juice from one of the lemons to give you a thick drizzle icing.   Drizzle this over top of the sandwiched biscuits and sprinkle with the lemon zest of the second lemon.  Leave to set before serving.  Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.  Bring to room temperature before serving.

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As I was rolling these out, I thought to myself, wouldn't these be lovely cut out with my bunny cutters, filled, glazed and then decorated with some white candy puff tails, and pink eyes . . .  and so I cut out roughly half the dough as bunnies.  

Never thinking for a minute that if I wanted to sandwich them together I would have to reverse cut half of them . . .  DUH.  Nevermind.  They were still cute and pretty tasty as a single layer cookie, glazed with the lemon icing and decorated simply as it were.

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  1. It sounds yummy l will try it today many thanks for your high taste in recipies.

    1. You're welcome Little Rose. I hope that you enjoy them! xo

  2. They look perfect w/ their texture Marie:)

    1. Thanks Monique. The Missionaries elders and sisters came again today and the cookies are no more! All gone! Very popular! xo


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