This week in Twelve Weeks of Christmas Cookies I am presenting a gorgeous tangy lemon cookie! And at the same time I am cooking my delicious homemade cavatelli pasta. As good as these are on a plate they would be wonderful tied to the tree with festive ribbon! These can be a little tricky to twist at first and shape into a wreath but a little patience and refrigeration of the dough certainly helps! I hope you enjoy these elegant cookies!
Another favorite delicious treat in my house is my Italian macarons, my whole family loves them.
Lemon-glazed Christmas Wreath Cookies
(adapted from Australian Women Weekly COOK)
450g self raising flour
125g butter, chopped coarsely
110g caster sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
480g icing sugar (powdered sugar)
Preheat oven to 180C. Line trays with baking paper.
Combine sugar and milk in small saucepan. Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves.Add extract and cool for 5 minutes.
While you are waiting sift the flour and rub in the butter. I did this in the food processor. Stir in the warm milk mixture and the egg into the flour mixture.
Knead lightly until smooth.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Roll small teaspoons of dough into 13 cm sausages. Twist two sausages together, form into circles press edges together. Place 3 cm apart on oven trays. Bake 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
Meanwhile make the lemon icing. Sift the sugar into small heatproof bowl, stir in enough juice to make a firm paste. Stir over small saucepan of simmering water until pourable. Add more lemon juice if required.
Dip the tops of the cookies into the icing; set at room temperature.