Taste & Create: Lemon Curd Cookies

Taste & Create is a blogging event in which you are randomly paired up with another particpant, and each of you try a recipe from the other’s food blog. I was paired with the talented Cherrapeño. I immediately started looking for a recipe I wanted to try. Everything looks so good!! Hubby has a coworker who loves lemon, so the Lemon Curd Cookies caught my eye. I made my first lemon curd back in January and loved it.

Lemon Curd Cookies – from Cherrapeño – Adapted from The Guardian Weekend by Dan Lepard – makes ~2 dozen
I used this calculator to get my grams to cups/Tbsp conversion.

Topping:
50g (10 Tbsp) rolled oats
50g (4 Tbsp) double cream
100g good lemon curd – I made my own using this recipe – I used 1/2 cup

Base:
100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
100g (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
zest of 1 lemon
150g (1 1/2 cup) plain flour
25g (2 tbsp) ground rice – I used organic brown rice flour

Measure the oats, cream and lemon curd into a small bowl and mix until combined. Cover the bowl with clingfilm until ready to use.

Mix the sugar and butter with the lemon zest for a couple of minutes until fluffy, then add the flour and ground rice, mix until you have a soft dough.

Roll into a cylinder about 5cm by 20cm long and wrap in cling film. Chill for at least an hour until firm.

Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4-5, line a large baking sheet with baking parchment and slice the dough into 1½cm discs. They may crumble as you cut them but you can just press the dough back together again. Space them well apart as they will spread a bit.

Spoon a teaspoon of the oaty/lemon mixture on each circle of dough and spread it to the edges.

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the cookies have just risen and the tops are browning. Cool for a few minutes until placing on a wire rack to go cold.

I had some problems with the cookie dough. I’m not sure if it was because my conversions were off or what. When I followed the directions, after the dough came out of the fridge for an hour, it crumbled horribly. I couldn’t get it to stick together at all. It was quite crumbly when I wrapped it up but I thought it would solidify while chilling.

I ended up adding 1/2 cup soy milk to the mixture and mixed it up and re-chilled it. This helped tremendously. I was able to slice the dough once it was chilled for another hour.

My cookies didn’t spread or rise too much. But they did taste great. They also aren’t that pretty. I’m convinced that desserts that look good taste better. It’s a mental thing. Hubby even commented that the bad thing about these cookies is that they’re kinda dull looking. BUT, everyone at our family get together loved these cookies and I didn’t bring any home.

The lemon curd recipe was also taken from Cherrapeño. This lemon curd recipe was very simple to make. It was very lemony and tangy. This recipe was easy to make since it used whole eggs.

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10 Responses to “Strawberry Rhubarb Bars”

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    Ingrid — August 6, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I’ve been anxious to try rhubarb but after many trips to the grocery store missed the season. (it sold out-FAST!) Did you use fresh or frozen rhubarb? I just saw the frozen kind and have been thinking about giving it a try.
    ~ingrid

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    Jen — August 6, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Ingrid – I made this when I was home in the Midwest back in June. It seems easier to find out there than in the East Coast where I live. We use fresh and I’ve never used frozen although my dad does freeze his for the rhubarb rolls I made a few weeks ago too. I should have grabbed a ton and froze it myself…

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    bewa3u1 — August 6, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I made these for a 4th of July party. we ran out of fresh and had to use frozen rhubarb, which tasted fine, we couldnt tell the difference (but we also had the fresh mixed in). Although I would suggest cutting the frozen pieces up a bit more- they came out of the bag huge! ~Jen’s older-younger sister

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    Jen — August 6, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    thanks little sis! Were they store bought or did Dad freeze them from fresh?

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    Katie — August 7, 2009 at 2:42 am

    No kidding – those look like the best dessert ever!! I’m starring and making for sure!

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites — August 7, 2009 at 5:07 am

    Ya know what- I’ve never made anything with rhubarb! But those sure look yummy so I might have to try it 🙂

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    Colleen — August 7, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    These look delicious!

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    nutmegnanny — August 7, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I love rhubarb, what a great new way to use it;)

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    madebymel — August 9, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I really need to try rhubarb. I am afraid I won’t like it, but this looks like a great recipe!

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    Ingrid — August 9, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Thank for the info Jen! I just may go ahead and give frozen a try otherwise its wait a year.
    ~ingrid

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