They’d be the perfect thing to sneak into The Hobbit today too, if you are into sneaking treats and all. Thomas and I haven’t watched a movie in the theaters since The Pursuit of Happiness came out! I think we are going to go down to St. George, pawn the babies off on Grandma, and hit a matinee! Bring on the popcorn, I’ll bring the cookies.
Anyone else seeing The Hobbit this weekend?
Lemon Filled Shortbread Cookies with White Chocolate and Lemon Sugar
1 package plain shortbread or butter cookies
White chocolate – 2 ounces
For the lemon filling:
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1 lemon, juice and zest
2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
To make the lemon filling beat the butter, juice and zest from one lemon, and 2 cups of powdered sugar on high for 2 to 3 minutes until light and fluffy. The filling should be a medium consistency. If it is too thin add more powdered sugar and remix. If it is too thick add a bit of milk or cream and remix.
Place the lemon filling in a pastry bag fitted with a wide-open tip. Squeeze the filling onto one cookie keeping 1/4 inch from the edge and allowing the filling to be 1/4 inch thick. Place another cookie on top of the filling and press the two cookies together until the filling comes just to the edge. Repeat with the remaining cookies.
Place the cookie sandwiches on a piece of wax paper. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup melt the white chocolate in the microwave until smooth, stopping and stirring often. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the cookies. Sprinkle the cookies with lemon sugar while the chocolate is still melty. Allow the chocolate to set completely before eating.
*Lemon sugar can be made by adding the zest of one lemon to 1/2 cup granulated sugar (coarse sugar is very nice for this purpose). It can also be made by adding a few drops of lemon oil to 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. The taste improves with time. If you have the time allow the lemon and sugar to sit overnight before using. Store any leftovers in an airtight container and use to sprinkle on your next batch of lemon cupcakes or on top of blueberry muffins.
Notes: If the cookies have words/logos pressed in them just be sure to put that side on the inside.
The texture and flavor of these cookies improved greatly with time. Allow them to sit overnight if you can. I put lots of these in the mail because they did store so well.
Thanks for letting me cheat a bit today! Have a great weekend and eat some cookies.
Keep Calm and Hobbit On,