|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 10g||12%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||28%|
|Total Carbohydrate 23g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This recipe for melt-in-your-mouth Polish lemon sandwich tea cookies or cytrynowe ciasteczka do herbaty (sih-trih-NOH-veh chass-TETCH-kah doh err-BAH-tih) calls for a lemon-cream filling.
If you want your filling to look sunshine yellow, add a few drops of food coloring. It also will give your guests a hint as to what flavor is inside these delectable confections.
Actually, these cookies can be made with any citrus fruit and are equally yummy made with oranges, tangerines, blood oranges, and even grapefruit.
- For the Cookie Dough:
- 2/3 cup superfine sugar
- 8 ounces butter (room temperature)
- 1 large egg yolk (lightly beaten, room temperature)
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- For the Cookie Filling:
- 1/3 cup butter (room temperature)
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- Optional: 1 tablespoon milk (more or less as necessary)
- Garnish: confectioners' sugar
Make the Cookies
Place rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 375 F.
Beat in egg yolk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and flour until well mixed.
Using a one-inch cookie scoop, portion dough onto parchment-lined sheet pans, spacing two inches apart. Using the bottom of a glass that has been dipped in flour, lightly tamp the dough twice to flatten it.
Repeat with the remainder of cookie dough, dipping the glass in more flour, as necessary, so cookies won't stick.
Bake eight to 10 minutes or until the edges are starting to brown but still quite light in color overall. Remove from oven. Cool five minutes on sheet pans and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Make the Filling
In a medium bowl, cream together 1/3 cup softened butter, 4 cups confectioners' sugar, 4 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon zest. If the mixture is too thick, add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved. This mixture should be thick but smooth.
To assemble the sandwich cookies, you can use a teaspoon to place dollops of filling; however, we prefer using a piping bag with a plain tip to pipe a spiral of filling onto the flat side of one cookie and then top with another cookie, flat side down. Twist the top cookie a little to make sure it is on securely. Dust the tops with confectioners' sugar.