Lemon Illini Cookies

Gavin’s family got me The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009 for Christmas.  I always make cookies for our friends when we stay the night at their apartment and totally take over their living room.  Gavin ran in the marathon relay in Champaign-Urbana, so I had a chance to make my first recipe from the book last week, these Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies.

I didn’t have a lot of ingredients in the house, but I did have a really great lemon that my grandma brought me back from her sister’s house in Arizona.  It was big and awesome and I most of the juice and all of the zest in these cookies.  Thanks Gram!

The dough (extreeeeeemely buttery):

After rolling the dough into extremely tiny balls (scant teaspoons), you roll them in sugar.  I dyed my own sugar by just putting some food coloring into the sugar and smashing it up with a fork until it was fairly evenly distributed.  I made orange and blue for the ILLINI!

Here are the cookies ready for baking:

And ready for sandwiching with a lovely lemon buttercream (I deviated from the recipe slightly here and just made a buttercream with lemon juice as the binding liquid).

It’s important that the cookies and filling are both cool because otherwise the filling will just melt.  Ew.  However, I put everything in the fridge after melting a couple and then the filling was too hard and I was shattering cookies when assembling the sandwiches.  It was a very Goldilocks evening, but once everything was (finally) the right temperature, making the sandwiches went very smoothly and relatively quickly.

The finished product!

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One Response to Lemon Illini Cookies

  1. steph says:

    a legitimate excuse to eat two cookies AND full of school pride.
    katey these warm my heart.