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Do-it-Yourself Delicious favors…Lemon Drop Cookies

On my much needed lazy Sunday (favorite day of the month ;) I had some leftover lemon curd from the baby shower cake I made earlier in the week. I chose a very simple shortbread recipe and filled the finished product with my pre-made, delicious lemon curd. This would be a wonderful, delicate and rich wedding favor for your guests. A perfect palette cleanser too!

Start with 3 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature
And cream with 1c Sugar until blended

Add 1tsp Pure Vanilla Extract until combined.
In a separate bowl…
Sift together 3.5c Flour and 1/4 tsp salt.
Add to butter/sugar mixture until combined.
Wrap in plastic and place in the fridge for 1/2 hour.

Preheat oven to 350*
Shape into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet 1.5 inches apart.
Bake for 10-15 min, or until lightly browned on edges.
Remove from oven and immediately press indentations into center, place on cooling rack.
Cool completely.

For the Lemon Curd:
Zest 3 large lemons and squeeze their juice to make 1.5c (you may need 3-4 lemons total)
Place zest in food processor and pulse with 1.5c Sugar
Meanwhile, cream 1 stick of room temperature Butter, add sugar mixture and blend well
Add 4 extra large eggs (room temperature), one at a time to the butter mixture
Then add the lemon juice and 1/8tsp salt until blended
Place mixture in a medium sauce pan and cook on medium low heat, stirring constantly
until curd thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon
Remove from heat and let cool, store covered in the refrigerator

For wedding or party favors, you can make the cookies and the curd 1-2 days ahead of time, but just be sure to place in the fridge.

Use a small box lined with tissue paper or cotton. Place cookies in box and tie with a silk ribbon. Hot glue accessories onto the ribbon to match your wedding decor or a thank you note to your guests!

Try filling the cookies with variations such as lime curd, fruit preserves, or chocolate ganache! Yumm…