Monday, March 30, 2009

Lemon Cookies with Gingered White Chocolate Creme on Spring Yellow Napkins

Lemon Cookies with Gingered White Chocolate Creme
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tbsp limoncello
1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
8 ounces melted white chocolate
1 tsp limoncello
½ tsp ginger, ground
2 tsp lemon zest
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, lemon zest, limoncello and salt on high speed until combined. With mixer on low, add flour (dough will be stiff); finish mixing with a wooden spoon. Turn dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap; pat into a disk about 1/2 inch thick. Wrap, and chill until firm, about an hour. Unwrap dough; place on a lightly floured piece of wax paper. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough about 1/8 inch thick (if dough cracks, let it warm up slightly). Cut out cookies with 1 1/2 inch round cutter (re-roll scraps once, chilling if too soft). Bake until barely beginning to brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Place about 1 teaspoon of Filling (below) between two cookies, squeeze gently.
In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, limoncello, ginger, chocolate and zest until smooth. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, mixing until smooth. If necessary to create a firm but spreadable filling, add more sugar gradually.
Note: If you don’t have limoncello, you can use fresh squeezed lemon juice. Serve with fun paper napkins – there are so many fabulous colors and patterns to choose from. Often times for informal events, I mix paper plates and napkins with silverware and glass. It’s fun, colorful, and festive, not to mention the ease of cleanup. Just because you use paper products, don’t forget flowers and other d├ęcor for your table. Package some cookies up on a pretty paper plate and cover with clear wrap and a pretty ribbon - deliver to a neighbor, your pet's vet, an elderly person who lives alone, your Sunday School teacher, the postman, just anyone you think deserves a treat.


susan said...

I have never used the limoncello liquer in anything. The flowers look so pretty with the lemons--great idea. Thanks for reminding us to show our gratitude by sharing!

Cedar ... said...

Lemon,... does it ever get any better? Well, maybe only if it's chocolate! They look absolutely yummy!

Bren said...

I just added LEMONS to my list for the market today. Happy Spring -stop by and see the yellow I have shared this Bloom Tuesday!
Happy Spring - LOVE YOUR BLOG!

giz said...

How wonderful are these. Limoncello has a very distinct flavour - is there anything that can be substituted?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

YUM, Libby... That recipe made my mouth water!!!! Guess I need to try that sometime... It's no calories of course, is it????? ha ha ha


Blue Eyed Tango said...

I used to hate lemon as a kid but I LOVE it now....funny how our tastes change. Thanks for the recipe and it's paired with my favorite...ginger! Yum! Luanne

darsden said...

Oh la la I love lemon cookies! This is a must try for the spring time :-) I am going to gain so much weight by reading your blog ;-0 will let you know when I make these.

Cathy said...

Everytthing looks delicious!!! Lemon is my favorite!!! I love the dish and sunflowers too...very fresh!!! I love all of your recipes and definitely will try this one!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

Domestic Designer said...

These look so good and so pretty! I am thinking they would make good Easter presents for neighbors! Thanks for the recipe!

Joyce said...

Thank you for coming by my blog to say Hi. Your blog is amazing! Lemon, oh funny because I made myself walk past a pie today that my tummy was craving but my hips said "No Way". I do have to say that I don't think I could pass up one of your cookies! I must try your recipe for sure!

5 Star Foodie said...

These cookies look scrumptious and the Gingered White Chocolate Creme sounds amazing!

Magnolia Memories08 Seeing With The Heart said...

Oh girl these look like they are to die for. Yum Yum what can I say sweets are very much a weakness of mine. I love this post!!
The napkins and the flowers just add the final little touch.I love your blog so warm and friendly.

Blackswan said...

Wow, looks delicious! Wish I can bake.........
Love your colourful blog!

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