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sassy lemon maple cream cookies.
I feel sassy and that makes me bold...
Time to do something fun, something that’s a little bit of a risk and commit to whatever the outcome. Simple, let’s start somewhere fun. I think I’ll bake...
I'm feeling...
something that’s bold (in taste) and doesn’t try to hide it,
something that’s full of character,
something that takes two flavours that may or may not work together and puts them together anyways,
something that’s tart, maple-y, smooth...
  • I’m sassy
  • I’ll bake
  • Lemon Maple Cream Cookies
  • Tart, Maple-y, Cream
  • Bold
These cookies are all kinds of right. The flavours work so well together – it almost seems like a disservice *not* to put them together (think: tart lemon flavoured cookies with the perfect crunch and a sweet layer of smooth maple cream sandwiched between). Now that’s sassy!
lemon maple cream cookies.
Print Recipe
Prep time: 30 minutes, Bake time: 12 minutes
Makes 16 cookies
  • ¼ cup (47 g) vegetable shortening
  • ¼ cup (57 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp (125 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tsp lemon extract
  • 1 ½ cups (225 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder, heaped
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ tbsp powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp maple extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
Let’s get this sassy plane in the air!
In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, cream the shortening and butter until creamy, about 30 seconds. Add the sugar and whisk until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
Whisk in the egg until fully incorporated. Add the maple syrup and lemon extract and whisk until well mixed. Set aside.
Oh, God! That smell – what did I do to deserve this magic in my kitchen?
In a medium bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold it into the butter mixture until it comes together into a soft dough. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Roll out the dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut shapes into the rolled-out dough using a cookie cutter.
Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Those sweet smells are calling to me...sdelicious!
In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, whisk the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar and maple extract. Mix until well incorporated.
Add the cream and continue to whisk until stiff peaks form.
Do this next part only when you’re ready to eat them, otherwise the cookies will become soft from the maple cream (but will still taste delicious!)
Lightly spread the maple cream mixture between two cooled lemon cookies. Then put the two cookies together with the cream in between to make a sandwich.
Refrigerate (but know that these cookies will become soft if the cream is added and left on for more than a few hours).
Well, the *sassy* mood is here to stay and with the help of these cookies, it’s going strong. Just the way I like it!
*Just so you know, these cookies aren’t sassy – you are! You bring the sass, and the cookies bring the flavour.
sassy lemon maple cream cookies.
sassy lemon maple cream cookies.
(Recipe and Photos courtesy of Emotional Baking©)
Feel. Bake. Better.
It’s not just about baking something to get you through the day.
It’s not about eating the whole tray to feel better.
It’s about getting lost in the process.
It’s about enjoying every moment.
It’s about sharing it with people that support and care about you.
Baking can be a lot of things – it can be distracting but simple, it can be movement with focus, it can be whatever you need when you need it. Choose a recipe to fit the mood and it becomes a useful tool as well – baking to quiet the mind, to connect with your emotions, or simply baking to feel emotional. Just think of the feelings you get and the emotions you experience when baking your favourite dessert…. excitement, relief, fulfillment, joy, accomplishment.
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