No-fail Cookie Recipe #2
Fit For a King- Sandwich Cookies
These sandwich cookies are sophisticated enough for a king! While these yummy treats may take a little more time and effort to make, I still wanted to include them among the other no-fail cookies.
Why? Because both, the cookie dough and the filling can be made ahead, and that’s going to give you a totally hassle-free bake and assembly day, when you’re ready! These really look stylish enough to be on the cover of Vogue, don’t you think?
For the cookies:
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
For the lemon curd:
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 3 to 4 lemons)
Finely grated zest from 1 lemon
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and at room temperature
Pinch of fine salt
Make the cookies: Place the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (Alternatively, use an electric hand mixer and large bowl.) Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, if necessary, then beat in the egg yolk, vanilla, and lemon zest. Beat in the flour and salt on low speed until just combined.
Divide the dough into 2 pieces and form each piece into a disc. Roll out each piece of dough between 2 pieces of lightly floured parchment paper until about 1/4-inch thick. Transfer the rolled-out dough to a baking sheet, still sandwiched between parchment paper and stacking them on top of each other. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or for up to 5 days.
Arrange 2 racks to divide the oven into thirds and heat to 350°F.
Use a 2-inch round cookie cutter to cut as many rounds from the dough as you can. Transfer the rounds to 2 ungreased, unlined baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Bake for 4 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets between racks and from front to back. Bake until the cookies are lightly golden-brown around the edges, 2 to 4 minutes more.
Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then use a flat spatula to transfer to them to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with any remaining dough, letting the baking sheets cool completely between batches.
Make the lemon curd: Bring the lemon juice to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook until it is reduced down to about 3/4 cup. Remove from the heat, stir in the zest, and cool to room temperature.
Whisk together the egg, egg yolks, and sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk the cooled juice and zest into the egg mixture in a steady stream.
Fit a fine-mesh strainer over a medium bowl and place it next to the stove.
Pour the egg and juice mixture back into the small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring slowly but constantly, until the mixture has thickened to a pudding-like consistency, 6 to 8 minutes, or until the mixture is 180°F.
Pour the mixture through the strainer to strain out the zest and any bits of cooked egg. Stir the butter and salt into the strained mixture while it is still warm and mix until the butter is completely melted and the curd is smooth. Cool completely, then store in the refrigerator until ready to assemble the cookies.
Assemble the cookies: Flip half of the cookies so that they are upside down on a work surface. Spoon 1 heaping teaspoon of lemon curd onto the center of each upside-down cookie. Top each with the remaining cookies to form sandwiches, and then gently press together until the filling reaches the edges of the cookies.
No-fail Cookie Recipe #1
Kisses For Everyone!
You’ll be sure to get extra kisses for serving these cute, holiday peanut butter kiss cookies! The recipe is fool-proof, and you can make these extra festive by drizzling some colorful frosting and sprinkles on top. If you’d like more subtle colors, you could just drizzle these with melted white chocolate. They are delicious, either way!
1/2 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Peanut Butter
1/2 C. Shortening
2 TBS. Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 3/4 C. Pamela’s All-Purpose Flour Artisan Blend
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 Pkg. of Hershey’s Kisses
You will need extra sugar on the side to roll the cookies in.
Preheat Oven to 375°.
Mix all ingredients together with your favorite mixing spoon except for the flour. Add half of the flour and mix. Add the rest of the flour and mix. Roll cookies into balls. Roll balls in sugar. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. In the meantime, start unwrapping the Hershey’s Kisses. As soon as you take the cookies out of the oven, place Hershey’s Kisses in middle of cookies.
Allow cookies to cool before decorating with frosting and sprinkles.
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I hope you enjoyed these 10 no-fail cookies! Have you tried some of these recipes already, or are you planning on making them this season? I’d love to hear about it!