Remember my new cookie press? Well, I think I'm in love with it. I found a simple shortbread recipe that calls for only four ingredients. (via the Joy of Baking.) The fun part was finding fillings to make little shortbread sandwiches. I tried three different fillings and am so excited to share them with you.
This was my very favorite. Lemon curd has to be the closest thing on earth to sunshine in a jar. If you love lemon, you might become addicted. It's such an intensely flavored combination of tart and sweet. (I stirred some of the left over curd into my yogurt. Oh my word, it was to die for.)
The second filling is a pistachio cream. A little brown sugar, cream, and chopped pistachios make for a cookie filling that's not too sweet. The last filling was strawberries and cream. This was Stu's favorite. He thought it tasted like a strawberry cheese cake. I mixed half a stick of cream cheese with some powdered sugar and then layered thinly sliced strawberries on top.
The basic shortbread recipe was so quick and easy. I'm definitely using it again. You could dip the cookies in chocolate or just spread your favorite jam between them.
1. Whisk 2 cups of flour and a 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a bowl.
2. Beat 2 sticks of butter until creamy.
3. Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and beat for about two minutes.
4. Beat in one teaspoon of vanilla extract. (I added food coloring and a squeeze of lemon juice to the lemon cookies during this step.)
5. Stir in flour mixture until combined.
6. Flatten the dough and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one hour.
7. Preheat oven to 350.
8. Roll dough on a floured board. You can stamp and cut or just use a cookie cutter to cut out cookies.
9. Lay on a cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. (This helps them keep their shape while baking.)
10. Bake for 8-10 minutes and then cool before filling.
You can actually turn any stamp into a cookie press. Make sure you either use clean stamps or thoroughly clean and dry the stamp pad if it's been used with ink before. If the stamp sticks to the cookie, use a little cooking spray to help.Wouldn't these be great for Easter?
I'd love to hear some more ideas for fillings. What would you suggest?
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