Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Cookies!

Now that Thanksgiving is over I'm allowing myself to start thinking about Christmas.  And for me, that means Christmas cookies!  Over the weekend I made my first two batches!  They're now safely tucked away in the freezer until the gorge-fest on Christmas Eve!

Lemon Melting Moments

They don't look like much but they're deliciously lemony and do kind of melt away in your mouth!  I pinned this recipe years ago but when looking for a link I've found that the website I got it from is gone!  I found recipes that were almost exactly the same but they called for something called custard powder.  So here's the recipe that I've been using that doesn't call for ingredients I've never heard of!


1 3/4 cups softened butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup powdered sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
2 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 2 lemons

2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
juice of 2 lemons

Prehead oven to 300 F.  In a large bowl cream the butter, salt and sugar until light and fluffy on a medium setting, roughly 3 minutes.  Reduce the speed to low and incorporate the vanilla and lemon zest.  Sift the flour and cornstarch into the mixture and beat on a low setting until just combined.

Take small portions of the dough and roll into balls.  I just press them flat with my hands.  Place them on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 20 minutes, then let cool completely.

For the filling beat the sugar, butter and lemon juice on a medium setting until incorporated.  I usually have to add more powdered sugar until the frosting is a bit thicker so that it won't just run off of the cookies.  Then I place the frosting in a bag, cut off the corner and pipe a nice sized dollop on top of each cookie.  Let harden a little before storing.

This recipe is supposed to be for sandwich cookies, using the frosting as the filling, but I found that they were easier to make and eat as a frosted cookie.  This recipe makes about a million cookies, more or less.

Peanut Butter Kisses

I don't think I need to put the recipe up for this one, I'm pretty sure everyone in the universe makes them already!  I think two batches of cookies a week should get me to Christmas with just the right amount of sugar.

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