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Monday, 9 March 2009

Citrus Cream Cookies


Spring just being on the horizon here in England, these little cookies absolutely reflects that freshness of this season, and would equally be in keeping served with other treats at Easter for afternoon tea.

I do like citrus flavours in my bakes and these citrus cookies truly fit the bill of citrus-ness. I used two different sized cookie cutters to reveal the lush citrus buttercream sandwiched in the centre of each cookie. Certainly the same size cookie cutter could be used however; it will cut down the amount of cookies you can make from the batch of dough.






Citrus Cream Cookies

Makes approximately 12 cookies (depending on size of cookie cutters used)

Ingredients
180g butter, softened
1 tsp finely grated lime zest
80g icing sugar
225g plain flour
40g cornflour
Filling
125g butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp finely grated orange zest
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
160g icing sugar, sifted
Icing sugar for dusting

You will require 2 baking trays lined with non-stick baking parchment
Two cookie cookies the same shape one larger (6cm) one smaller (4 cm)

Method

Add the butter, lime zest and icing sugar and beat until smooth and creamy then fold in the flour and cornflour until fully combined. Tip out onto a surface and knead until smooth then wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes until firm.

Preheat the oven 180°C/fan oven 160°C/350°F/ gas mark 4.

Roll out half the dough between sheets of cling film and using a flower-shaped cutter or cutter of your choice, cut out 12 larger shapes. Add any scraps of dough to the remaining half of dough and roll out as before and cut out 12 smaller size shapes. Leave a gap between each cookie on the prepared baking trays to ensure they don’t stick together when baked. (Make sure the large shapes are on one tray and the smaller shapes on another.) Bake in the preheated oven for 5-6 minutes for the smaller shaped cookies and 7-6 for larger shaped cookies, until lightly browned. Place on wire racks to cool.

To make the citrus buttercream; put all the filling ingredients into a bowl and beat together until smooth and creamy. Spread the filling on each of the larger cookies and sandwiched together with a smaller cookie. Dust with icing sugar.

Lastly, take a cookie, sit back, eat and enjoy!

40 comments:

Beth said...

I love lemon - these look so pretty. I forgive you!!...hehe

Maria said...

I am in love with your cookies! I am a citrus lover and these are so cute! I can't wait to make them!

Peter M said...

Rosie, I would so eat these like Oreo cookies. Separate the two cookies, lick the creamy center and then gobble up the cookies!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What fantastic cookies! I love that kind of sweet treat... Heavenly!

cheers,

Rosa

Hannah said...

So pleased to have found your new blog - these cookies look to die for! What a lovely idea

Anne said...

They look so gorgeous Rosie and sound delicious

Happy cook said...

For me with a cup of tea please, they look beautiful and so delicious.

♥Rosie♥ said...

Oh Beth thank goodness ;0) Gosh how stupid of me to misplace your link!!

Hi Maria, enjoy sweetie and I hope you bake them time and time again :0)

Hi Peter, giggling here – this is how my hubby eats them too :0)

Ahhh thanks Rosa you’re such a sweetie :0)

Hi Hannah, it really is lovely to see you here :0)

Ahhh thank you Anne :0)

Hi H.C. just off to pop the kettle on for a cuppa to serve you with these cookies ;0)

Thank you my ‘dear’ friends for calling by and lovely to *see* you as always!

Best wishes Rosie x

Cynthia said...

Rosie, those are beautiful.

Maria said...

Love the vibrant citrus flavors Rosie! And these cookies look almost too pretty to eat!

Dani said...

very springy indeed :)

Uma said...

OMG! Those cookies are pure temptation! Wish I had those right now! Look so pretty and yummy Rosie!

J.Danger said...

these look so cute and delicious! I can't wait for spring!

sunita said...

Rosie, those cookies are so pretty...perfect for spring :-)

Maria♥ said...

Rosie, these are so CUTE!! I bet they taste really good too.

Maria
x

Ashwini said...

Wow love citrus taste in anything..Cookies look so cute..Can't wait to try them..book marked..

Sara said...

What beautiful cookies, I just love citrus!

Dee said...

I've noticed a slew of citrussy recipes around, and it's definitely something we've been doing a lot of here to beat the rainy day blues :)

Your cookies look fabulous, Maria. And I love your plating.

Elyse said...

Oh man, these cookies look fabulous. The name alone makes me hungry: citrus and cream?! The two pair so nicely together. I remember the change to spring when I studied in London, and it was such a fabulous change!! We frolicked in all the local parks for hours on end. I only wish I had had some of your cookies then, but I'm certainly glad that I get to have them now!

Ivy said...

Oh my God!! I would like to split those cookies, lick the cream inside and then eat the cookies, just like we did as kids.

sowmya said...

so cute and pretty...nice flavours...

Margaret said...

These flower cookies look wonderful.
The cornflour and icing sugar you used in the recipe must have made these melt in the mouth cookies - heaven!

Junglefrog said...

I love citrus in baking as well and your cookies look and sound very tasty! Just found your blog so I am going to have a good look around!

The Blonde Duck said...

They're so cute! Perfect for Spring!

Nicisme said...

Mmmm, I love citrus - very pretty Rosie!

Aparna said...

These look so pretty, Rosie. My daughter would love these, I know.

alskamom said...

These cookies look so pretty...and delicious!! :)

n33ma said...

Rosie thats so pretty,like how you stacked them up.

Bridgett said...

These cookies are adorable! I love how you photographed them. I can just imagine the citrus flavor.

Donna said...

YUMYUMYUM!!!!! Gotta try these!!! Happy week sweetie!!hughugs

A_and_N said...

Hi, first time visitor and I have added this blog to my reader. Magnificent stuff :) I also love citrus flavors and the fudge cake (the previous post) is just mind-blowing!

Heather said...

Lovely! So very pretty too.

dabrah said...

These sound scrumptious. I just feel like going into the kitchen and making them, but my eyes have now been drawn to the widget showing marmalade cake and dutch apple cake.... (sigh! diet goes out of the window)

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

First time here. You have a lovely Blog. Cookies looks delicious.

Gloria said...

Rosie look absolutely lovely and yummy!! so nice!! xxGloria

♥Rosie♥ said...

Thank you my dear friends for all your kind words – it is such a delight to read your comments and you all make my day brighter :0)

A warm welcome Junglefrog, A_and_N & Dhanya Nambirajan to my blog and I can’t tell how great it is to *meet* you!! I do hope you enjoy my bakes and perhaps try some out :0)

With best wishes to my ‘dear’ friends – Rosie x

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

These look like something I would really like. They're very cute too!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Ahhhh thank you Jerri as always :0)

Best wishes Rosie x

glamah16 said...

What beautiful cookies!

Antonia said...

Ooh - these really appeal to me. I love citrussy biscuits and the filling sounds yummy! How pretty for Easter too.