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Lemon Dreams

 Lemon Dreams
A buttery cookie with a luscious lemon filling is simply hard to resist. Every time I serve these elegant cookies, I'm asked for the recipe.
18 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Cover
  • and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the
  • center of each.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove
  • to wire racks to cool.
  • For filling, in a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and

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Lemon Dreams (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • salt. Stir in lemon juice until smooth. Cook and stir over
  • medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low;
  • cook and stir for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a
  • small amount of hot filling into egg; return all to the pan,
  • stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2
  • minutes. Remove from the heat; gently stir in butter and lemon peel.
  • Cool.
  • Spoon 1/2 teaspoonful into each cookie. Dust with confectioners'
  • sugar if desired. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 180 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.