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Lemon Zest and Creme de Menthe Sandwich Cookies: A refreshing dairy-free treat with a citrus twist

Lemon Zest and Creme de Menthe Sandwich Cookies: A refreshing dairy-free treat with a citrus twist

Indulge in the tangy sweetness of these Lemon Zest Mint Cream Sandwich Cookies, a perfect combination of tangy lemon and subtle mint, wrapped in a creamy dairy-free filling. These cookies are meticulously crafted to deliver a refreshing taste in every bite, with a rich, buttery texture and vibrant lemon flavor. Adding fresh mint leaves not only enhances the aesthetic, but also adds a burst of freshness that complements the citrus notes beautifully.

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Why you'll love it: These cookies are a dairy-free treat, making them accessible to those with dairy sensitivities or preferences. Natural lemon zest combined with homemade lemon-infused sugar gives these cookies a burst of flavor that is both invigorating and satisfying. The creamy filling, enhanced with lemon extract and a hint of mint, provides a luxurious texture that melts in your mouth. These sandwich cookies are a testament to the fact that dietary restrictions don't have to compromise on flavor or enjoyment.

Perfect occasion: These lemon zest and crème de menthe sandwich cookies are ideal for a variety of occasions. Serve them at a summer garden party, a casual afternoon tea or as a fancy dessert at a dinner party. They're also perfect for giving during the holidays or special occasions, providing a homemade treat that demonstrates thoughtfulness and care. Plus, these cookies make a lovely addition to any dessert table, especially at events where a light, fresh option is desired.

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Decorating Tips:

  1. Before sandwiching, sprinkle the tops of the cookies with a thin layer of powdered sugar to add texture and a slight crunch.
  2. Garnish each cookie with a small mint leaf, cleverly placing it on top of the cream to enhance the visual appeal and add a burst of color.
  3. Serve the cookies on a plate with lemon slices and mint sprigs for a decorative and themed presentation.
  4. Consider serving them with lemonade or mint iced tea to complement the flavors of the cookies.
  • Ingredients:
    • 100 g caster sugar (plus a little for coating)
    • Zest of 3 medium lemons
    • 200 g cold block butter, cut into cubes and dairy-free
    • 300 g all-purpose flour
    • Yellow food gel
    • Cream filling:
      • 150g dairy-free butter
      • 20 g of dairy-free fresh cheese
      • 200 g of icing sugar
      • 1 teaspoon of lemon extract
      • Fresh mint leaves
  • Instructions:
    1. Prepare the lemon sugar: Mix the powdered sugar and lemon zest in a bowl.
    2. Make the dough: Cream the butter with a drop of yellow food gel and the lemon sugar until fluffy. Sift the flour to form a thick paste. Refrigerate wrapped for 40 to 60 minutes.
    3. Bake cookies: Preheat the oven to 180°C. Roll out the chilled dough, cut into shapes and bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
    4. Prepare the filling: Whisk the dairy-free butter and cream cheese. Add the icing sugar, lemon extract and zest. Whisk until frothy, adjusting thickness with dairy-free milk if necessary.
    5. Assemble the cookies: Sweeten half of the cookies. Fill unsweetened cookies, top with a sweet cookie and add a mint leaf.

Enjoy these deliciously refreshing Lemon Zest and Creme de Menthe Sandwich Cookies, a perfect treat that combines the zest of citrus with the freshness of mint in a delicious dairy-free package!

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