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Lemon Cake Cookies

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Ingredients You'll Need

For Cookies
1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
2 x large egg yolks
1 x whole large egg
1 1/4 cups crème fraiche (see recipe below) or sour cream
2 1/2 cups pastry flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
For Icing
1 1/2 cups icing sugar sifted
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
For Creme fraiche
2 tbsp buttermilk
2 cups whipping cream
Lemon Curd for Lemon Cake Cookie Sandwiches
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
3 x eggs
1 x egg yolk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 tsp lemon zest


Stir buttermilk into whipping cream and pour into a plastic container like a juice pitcher and cover with plastic wrap. Place pitcher in a larger container, and pour hot tap water around the pitcher, filling up to the height of the cream. Place container in a warm, draught-free spot (I find on top of the fridge is best) and let sit for 24 to 48 hours (it ripens faster in summer than winter).

To determine if set, jiggle the pitcher slightly – the cream should be not shift and should have sweet-lemony smell. Chill completely. Spoon off crème fraiche, being certain not to stir in the liquid whey, which will settle at the bottom of the pitcher.

To Assemble

For cookies, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy and stir in lemon zest. Beat in egg yolks and whole egg until fully incorporated. Stir in crème fraiche or sour cream until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to wet ingredients and stir just until blended. Chill batter for 30 minutes, just to set butter a little.

Preheat oven to 325 °F. Spoon tablespoons of batter (an ice cream scoop works great) onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, just until the bottoms of the cookies turn golden brown. Allow to cool before icing.

For icing, stir sifted icing sugar into lemon juice until smooth. Stir in melted butter (this will thicken the icing a bit). Dip the tops of the cookies into icing, and place on a cooling rack, so excess icing can drip off. Let cookies set 1 hour before removing, and store in an airtight container, with layers of parchment between the cookies to prevent sticking.

Lemon Curd for Lemon Cake Cookie Sandwiches

Whisk together lemon juice, eggs and yolk, and sugar. Whisk in butter and add lemon zest. Place bowl over a pot of simmering water and whisk steadily, but gently, until curd becomes thick and pale and creamy, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and chill until ready to use.

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