Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Claire Robinson's Lemon Pie Cookies
I am casting my memory back to the day of the Royal Wedding in the not-so-distant past. It was grey and depressing, just like today. A good day to bake and try to make life taste better!
Perhaps I should always make a recipe right after I watch the show that inspired me to want to make a treat in the first place. I loved the idea of Claire Robinson's Lemon Pie Cookies. Cookies that taste like lemon pie? Genius! I printed out the recipe and then a week or so later, tried to remember how she made them. Yeah... right...
I did not need many cookies because I was making some other treats that day so I divided the recipe in half. I creamed 1 sick (half a cup) of unsalted room temperature butter with 1/2 cup of icing sugar and 1/4 tsp of salt until smooth.
I added the juice of one lemon and the zest of half a lemon.
I added 1 cup of flour, half a cup at a time.
Until everything came together. Then you are supposed to roll the dough into a log and chill for an hour.
The problem? She did not say anything about the size of the cookies when it comes to width which threw me off completely. So much so I even (gasp) forgot to take photos of me rolling the batter into a log and then later cutting the cookies! Yes, they were supposed to be 1/4" thick disks but if you look at the photograph of her cookies, you will see they are quite wide. Mine are not! And, hers seem to be much thinner than mine. So frustrating.
You are supposed to bake these in a preheated 350F oven for 20 minutes but mine were done in 10 so the bottoms of the first batch got a little scorched when I looked in on them after 15 minutes.
I went ahead and made the filling. I creamed together 2 ounces of cream cheese with 1/2 cup of icing sugar and zest from half a lemon. It was very thick so I added a little lemon juice.
This one was from the "good" batch that did not get scorched. I dipped the bottom-side into the lemon filling and sandwiched it with another cookie.
These were the prettiest of the bunch and they did end up being worthy of a royal wedding. In fact, we also nibbled on these while watching the Canadian election drinking tea!
Delicate and stunning, had the instructions for these cookies been better they would have gotten a perfect rating. If I had followed the baking instructions, these cookies would have burned. I can not forgive crappy instructions so I give these cookies four out of five wooden spoons.