1 Suzie the Foodie: Claire Robinson's Lemon Pie Cookies

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Claire Robinson's Lemon Pie Cookies

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...

Claire Robinson's Lemon Pie Cookies

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.

Claire Robinson's Lemon Pie Cookies

I added the juice of one lemon and the zest of half a lemon.

Claire Robinson's Lemon Pie Cookies

I added 1 cup of flour, half a cup at a time.

Claire Robinson's Lemon Pie Cookies

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.

Claire Robinson's Lemon Pie Cookies

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.

Claire Robinson's Lemon Pie Cookies

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.

Claire Robinson's Lemon Pie Cookies

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.


Tori said...

Yum!! I like lemon, but the friend I'll be living with in June is a lemon fanatic! I will have to make these for her as a thank you for bringing me to the airport...

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Now I want something lemony.

AvaDJ said...

These are so darn pretty on your dessert tray, truly fit for a Royal occasion. I just love lemony stuff, so good. Gasp!! I think Claire lost count and her 5 ingredient fix is now 6 with this recipe...LOL!

I don't know if this helps, but Martha Stewart recommends saving your paper towel rolls for refrigerating cookie dough logs. You stuff the logs into the tube to get even sized cookies with no flat bottoms. I've tried this but had frustration trying to get that soft dough into the tube. Maybe you'll have better luck if you decide to try it.

Suzie Ridler said...

Hope your friend likes them Tori!

Debra, me too, reminds me of sunshine.

Ava, isn't that tray pretty? Thank you for that! Claire does not include salt as an ingredient, it's one of her freebies. The zest and the juice of the lemon come from one item. Sneaky eh?

OMG, that is a FANTASTIC suggestion! I am so going to use paper towel rolls for that. Thank you Ava!! Martha is such a genius.

Kristina said...

that is a GREAT tip using the paper towel roll! (we call them doot doots at my house, from my brother and I sticking it up to someone's ear and saying DOOT DOOT when we were kids...)

these look wonderful - thanks for sharing, I will be making these!

JavaChick said...

These look lovely! Wonder if I could sneak them past my husband - he doesn't like cream cheese.

Suzie Ridler said...

Kristina, I know, genius right? And doot doot, too funny. JavaChick, you could always make them with yogurt instead perhaps? Like a thick Greek yogurt maybe?

Pam said...

I looked at Claire's picture, and your's looks even better. I do not even like lemon, but this recipe even made me want to try them.

Tournesol said...

These look great, definitely going to try them soon, a pretty summer cookie!

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

I love lemon flavored cookies. these look so good, especially with that filling!

Jennifer - Own Your Food said...


I was just looking around for a cookie recipe to make tonight, and I think this one might be it! It looks great, thanks for sharing!

Suzie Ridler said...

Thank you so much! I am glad I managed to make them work and wow, mine are prettier than Claire's? High praise, thank you! Megan, you will love these then and Jennifer, enjoy making them tonight. I will be with you in foodie spirit. :)

Magic of Spice said...

These look so delicious!

Shannon Riley said...

These look so great! :D