Lemon Snowdrops (or Orange Snowdrops)
Contributed by Diane S.

Recipe By     : Gold Medal Holiday Cookies - Dec 99
Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
Categories    : Christmas                        Cookies

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
   1      cup           butter or margarine -- softened
     1/2  cup           powdered sugar
   1      teaspoon      lemon extract
   2      cups          Gold Medal all purpose flour
     1/4  teaspoon      salt
                        granulated sugar
                        Powdered sugar
                        Lemon Butter Filling
     1/4  cup           granulated sugar
   2 1/4  teaspoons     cornstarch
     1/4  cup           water
   1      tablespoon    butter or margarine
   1      teaspoon      grated lemon peel
   4 1/2  teaspoons     lemon juice
                        Yellow food coloring -- if desired

Heat oven to 400F.  Beat butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the lemon
extract in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with
spoon.  Stir in flour and salt.  (If dough is soft, cover and refrigerate 1
to 2 hours or until firm enough to shape.)

Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie
sheet.  Press bottom of glass into dough to grease, then dip into granulated
sugar; press on shaped dough until 1/4 inch thick.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light brown.  Immediately remove
from cookie sheet to wire rack.  Cool completely.

Put cookies together in pairs with Lemon Butter Filling.  Sprinkle with
powdered sugar.

Lemon Butter Filling Directions:
Mix sugar and cornstarch in 1-quart saucepan.  Stir in remaining
ingredients.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture
thickens and boils.  Boil and stir 1 minute; cool.


Orange Snowdrops:  Use orange extract, orange peel and orange juice
for the lemon extract, peel and juice.

A holiday teacup filled with these cookies and wrapped tea bags
makes a treasure take-home gift.

From Diane:
I tried the recipe for Lemon snowdrops. The only thing I would do different
is double the recipe for the lemon filling. There wasn't enough. They are
good but they don't look like the picture at all. I don't think I will try
this recipe again. Just thought I would let you all know.
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