Monday, December 6, 2010

Lemon Filled Spice Cookies (Medaljekager)

2¼ cups all purpose flour
1 t ground cinnamon
½ t ground allspice
½ t ground ginger
½ t ground nutmeg
¼ t salt
1 large egg yolk
¾ cup butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup milk
1 t vanilla

Grease cookie sheets; set aside. Place flour, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and salt in medium bow; stir to combine.

Place egg yolk in large bowl; add butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla. 

Beat butter mixture with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour mixture. Beat at low speed until dough forms.

Form dough into a disc; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.

Preheat oven to 350°F Roll teaspoonfuls of dough into ½" balls; place 2" apart on prepared cookie sheets. Flatten each ball to ¼" thickness with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Prick top of each cookie using fork. 

Bake 10 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Remove cookies with spatula to wire racks; cool completely. 

Prepare Lemon Filling. Spread filling on flat side of half of cookies. Top with remaining cookies, pressing flat sides together. Let stand at room temperature until set.

Store tightly covered at room temperature or freeze up to 3 months.

Makes about 3 dozen sandwich cookies

Lemon Filling
2¼ sifted powder sugar
1½ T butter, softened
3 T lemon juice
½ t lemon extract

Beat all ingredients in medium bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth.

Makes about 1 cup filling

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