I have a confession to make. This was supposed to be an attempt to make lemon macarons :P
However, instead of macarons, these turned out instead. I decided to call them lemon almond sandwich cookies because no macaron feet appeared. I didn’t want to file this under “Cooking Failures” either, because they are DELICIOUS!
# – Lemon almond sandwich cookies.
Crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle with a decadent lemon flavoured cream cheese filling.
For the cookies:
- 300 grams of finely ground almond, sifted
- 220 grams of icing sugar, sifted
- 4 egg whites
- 100 grams of caster sugar
- Juice of 1 whole lemon
- Zest of 1 whole lemon
For the filling:
- 150 grams of cream cheese
- 50 grams of butter
- 2 tablespoons of icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- Some yellow colouring
# – First, sift icing sugar into the sifted finely ground almond (sifting store bought ground almond is time consuming…please armed yourself with some patience)
# – Then, mix them up till combined, like this. Set aside.
# – In another bowl, beat the egg whites till stiff. Add in the lemon zest.
# – Followed by 1/2 of the lemon juice.
# – Lastly, add in the caster sugar and beat everything till mixture looks shiny and glossy. You now have a meringue mixture.
# – Next, gradually add the almond/icing sugar mixture into the meringue.
# – Gently fold to combine, then stir in the remaining 1/2 of lemon juice.
# – Spoon mixture into a piping bag.
# – Pipe out evenly sized disc on your non-stick baking mat/paper.
# – Leave this out for a minimum of 30 minutes to form shells.
# – Stick it in oven that has been preheated at 160 degree celcius. Once the cookies are in, turn the temperature down to 150 degrees celcius. Bake for 25 minutes.
# – Leave the cookies are to cool completely (I cheated by sticking them into the fridge :P)
# – In the meantime, allow the cream cheese and butter to soften in a bowl.
# – When they have softened, beat till smooth then add the icing sugar, lemon juice and yellow colouring. Beat again to combine. The lemony cream cheese filling is now done.
# – Scoop filling into a piping bag.
# – Pipe it onto one cookie and the rest is self explanatory…
# – Lemon almond sandwich cookies, DONE.
# – Refreshingly lemony and creamy.
# – Couldn’t resist having a bite while taking pictures.
Macarons, what macarons? Hehe.