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Lemon Tea Cookies Recipe
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Lemon Tea Cookies Recipe

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These sandwich cookies taste rich and buttery and have a lovely lemon filling. The recipe has been in our family since the 1950s, when my mother got it from a French friend in her club. Mom always made them at Christmas, and now my sister and I do the same. -Phyllis Dietz Westland, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 54 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • FILLING:
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 70 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 32 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well.
  2. Shape into two 14-in. rolls; reshape each roll into a 14-in. x 1-1/8-in. x 1-1/8-in. block. Wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle half of the cookies with nuts, gently pressing into dough.
  4. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  5. In a small bowl, cream the butter, lemon juice and orange peel until fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar until smooth. Tint yellow if desired. Spread about 1 teaspoon on bottoms of the plain cookies; place nut topped cookies over filling. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Tea Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 2004, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 70 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 32 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"perfect everytime"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"I loved these bite size cookies! They were a little time consuming but were so worth the work. The yummy filling is the perfect compliment to the shortbread cookie . I did double the recipe and I'm so glad i did :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"I made these for my wedding and they were a hit. They have just the perfect lemon flavouring. WONDERFUL!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2008

"I am attempting to make these and they are really hard to form after mixing the ingredients. Is that right?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 23, 2008

"Definitely worth a little work! I love to make these for showers and special parties!"

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