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Lemon Thumbprints

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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  50 Minutes
  Makes 24 cookies
Lemon marmalade makes a quick topping for these melt-in-your-mouth lemon cookies.
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons lemon marmalade or lemon curd
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Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter baking sheet. Using electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and 1/4 cup of sugar until smooth. Mix in egg yolk, lemon juice, lemon peel, and vanilla and almond extracts, lemon peel. Mix in flour just until smooth dough forms.

Spoon remaining 3 tablespoons sugar onto plate. Form dough into 24 one-inch balls. Roll each cookie in sugar to coat lightly. Place balls on prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart. Using finger, make deep indentation in center of each ball.

Bake until bottoms are golden brown and tops lightly golden, about 23 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks to cool completely. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon lemon marmalade into each cookie indentation.

Cookies can be made 2 days ahead. Store airtight in single layer at room temperature.

Recipe created exclusively for by Elinor Klivans.

Serving size = 1 cookie

Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 24 cookies
Calories: 76
Fat. Total: 4g
Protein: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 9g
Sodium: 2mg
% Cal. from Fat: 47%
Cholesterol: 19mg
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Rating: 2
by: Elisa, CA Reviewed: 05/20/2007
I made these cookies to go along with the lemon curd. They didn't take long to make but the dough was too soft and kept sticking to my fingers as I tried to roll them into little balls. That became difficult to roll other balls as dough kept sticking but other than that they tasted great.
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