Citrus & Raspberry Sandwich Cookies

Citrus & Raspberry Sandwich Cookies
Recipe by Dragon
These little cookie jewels are a delight on any Christmas cookie platter. I switched up a classic sugar cookie recipe by adding lemon, lime and orange zest. It's a subtle but refreshing addition that matches perfectly with the raspberry jam. The key to getting the perfect shape with sugar cookies is to make sure the dough is chilled before baking. Place your cut out cookies in the fridge for a few minutes before baking......makes a world of difference. Enjoy!
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen
3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Zest of 1 lemon, grated
Zest of 1 lime, grated
Zest of 1 orange, grated
Icing sugar or flour for dusting
Sanding sugar
Raspberry jam
1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla.
2. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and zests.
3. Stir flour mixture into the butter mixture making sure to combine thoroughly without over mixing. Cover the dough and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
4. Dust  your work surface with icing sugar or flour to help keep the dough from sticking. Roll out the dough to 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick. Thinner cookies will be crisper.
 5. Preheat oven to 375F. Cut out circles with a cookie cutter, then for half of the cut out circles, cut a smaller circle in the middle. These cookies will be the ‘tops’ for the sandwich cookie. The full circles will be the ‘bottoms’. After cutting the cookies, carefully transfer the cookies to the baking sheet.
6. Sprinkle sanding sugar on each of the ‘top’ cookies. Place the cookies in the fridge to cool for 10 minutes before baking. Bake 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer cookies to cooling racks to cool completely.
7. To make the sandwich cookie, take a ‘bottom’ cookie and on the back of it, spread a thin layer of raspberry jam. Place a ‘top’ cookie on top of the raspberry jam to complete the sandwich.
8. Store cookies in an air tight container between layers of parchment paper.


Priya Suresh said...

Very attractive sandwich cookies.

Debbie said...

I love this kind of cookie. It looks delicious....

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