These are just delightful! A little on the labor intensive side, BUT I made them as a birthday gift for a lemon lover, who I know will really apprciate them. My husband and I tasted the spoils before we shipped them off and were very impressed. The first batch I made had a few of the cookies thin and crumbly around the outside edge, which makes them harder to work with. With the second batch I rolled very small balls, layed them on the sheet, then used my thumb to put a small valley in each one. This made them small enough to be able to pop them into your in one bite, keeping the confectioners sugar off your shirt and in your mouth, LOL. The cookie dough itself is a little crumbly at first, but it warms in your hand as you roll it, so it holds together quite well. For the filling, I juiced 3 lemons and replaced some of the water with it. I also added 3 large pieces of rind to the mix, which added wonderful depth of flavor, fishing them out after the mixture thickened. I also added a bit of California Lemon Peel, and a touch more corn starch than called for, as I like my filling fairly thick. I omitted the food coloring, as you can't see the filling once you roll them in confectioner's sugar. We are having a summer party this year, and these will definitely be on the menu! Served with finger sandwiches, cold salads, lemonade and ice cream, they will not only look very pretty on the table, but will also round out the blend of flavors nicely!
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These are just delightful! A little on the labor intensive side, BUT I made them as a birthday...