Lemon Dreams Recipe
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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.
MAKES:
18 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:
18 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (no substitutes), 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 or margarine, melted
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour. 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, combine the sugar, cornstarch, lemon peel and salt in a saucepan. Stir in egg, lemon juice and butter until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat until thickened. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Cool. Spoon 1/2 teaspoonful into each cookie. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Dreams in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p54

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 180 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 146mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

  • 1 cup butter (no substitutes), 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 or margarine, melted
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour. 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.
  2. For filling, combine the sugar, cornstarch, lemon peel and salt in a saucepan. Stir in egg, lemon juice and butter until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat until thickened. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Cool. Spoon 1/2 teaspoonful into each cookie. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Dreams in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p54

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mcarole User ID: 8607507 249518
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2016

"I substituted lemon flavoring in place of the vanilla. It really makes for a lemony taste in every bite!"

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Jillie822 User ID: 2929776 71139
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"I made these for an summer engagement party and filled them lemon curd and also apricot..raspberry and fuji apple fillings...all were wonderful..and a beautiful display..I am now making them again for a summer baby shower...this is a very light melt in your mouth cookie much like a russian teacake but tasting more like a shortbread..Wonderful!!"

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