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Lemon Curd Cookies

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Total Time:
4 hours
Serves:4
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Technique: Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup - butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup - Sugar
  • 1 - Egg
  • 1 tsp - Lemon extract
  • 1 tsp - vanilla extract
  • 2.5 cups - all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp - baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp - salt
  • 1 cup - ground Pecans
  • For Filling:
  • 1.5 cups - Sugar
  • 2 tbsp - Corn starch
  • 1/8 tsp - salt
  • 1/2 cup - Lemon juice
  • 4 - Egg yolks, beaten
  • 6 tbsp - butter, cubed
  • 2 tsp - grated Lemon peel
  • confectioners' Sugar

How to Make

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar.
  • Beat in the egg and extracts.
  • Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  • Stir in the pecans.
  • Divide dough in half; shape into logs.
  • Wrap each in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.
  • On a floured surface, roll each portion to 1/8 in. thickness.
  • Cut with a 3 in. fluted round cookie cutter dipped in flour.
  • With a floured .5 in. round cookie cutter, cut out the centers of half of the cookies. (Reroll small cut-outs if desired)
  • Place solid and cut-out cookies 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a saucepan, combine the sugar, corn starch and salt.
  • Stir in lemon juice until smooth.
  • Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir a small amount into egg yolks.
  • Return all to the pan; bring to a gentle boil; stirring constantly.
  • Cook and stir 2 minutes longer until mixture reaches 160 degrees F and coats the back of a metal spoon.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in butter and lemon peel.
  • Pour into a bowl; cover surface with plastic wrap.
  • Chill for 2-3 hours (mixture will be thick).
  • Spread 1 tbsp filling over solid cookies; top with cut-out cookies; pressing down lightly.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
  • Store in the refrigerator.