Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Coconut Cream Lemon Cookies

A light lemony cookie filled with wonderful creamy butter cream frosting and coconut! Yum!

Coconut Cream Lemon Cookies

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
 (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
1 large egg
zest of 3 lemons
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

In medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and kosher salt. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar and lemon zest on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg and lemon juice and beat until well-combined, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Gradually add dry ingredients and beat on low or stir with spatula until just combined. Press plastic wrap over dough in bowl, cover bowl with another piece of wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Place about 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a bowl or plate. Roll tablespoon-sized balls of dough in sugar. Place balls on cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Bake large cookies for 10 to 11 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through baking time.

Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then place cookies on wire rack to cool completely. When cookies are completely cool, place a spoonful of coconut cream (recipe below) on the bottom/flat side of one cookie and top with the flat side of a similar-sized lemon cookie. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

White Chocolate Filling with Coconut

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 (3.4 oz) Lindt White Chocolate Coconut bar, melted and cooled
1 cup confectioners' sugar

In large bowl, beat butter on medium-high until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Beat in vanilla and melted chocolate until well combined, about 2 minutes. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and beat on low until combined. Beat on medium-high until light and creamy, about 3 minutes.

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