Cheese Filled Lemon Cookies

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Cheese Filled Lemon Cookies

These are lemony, cheesy and nutty all rolled up into a cookie.  The lemon is not overpowering, but just perfect.  The cheese in the middle is sweet and savory all at the same time.  A hot cup of coffee or tea and some of these cookies is the perfect treat. 

 

Ingredients

Cookie

1 Cup Butter

1/2 Cup Sugar

1 TBSP Half & Half

1/2 tsp Lemon Extract

1 TBSP Poppy Seeds

2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1/2 Cup Almonds, chopped

Filling

1/2 Cup Sugar

3/4 Cup Ricotta Cheese

3 oz Cream Cheese

1/2 tsp Lemon Extract

1 Egg Yolk

1/4 tsp Salt

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325º

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter, sugar, half & half and 1/2 tsp lemon extract and beat on medium speed until creamy.  Add the poppy seeds.  Gradually add the flour and beat until a stiff, smooth dough forms.  Add the chopped nuts and mix for a minute more. 

Filling – Mix the ricotta, cream cheese, egg yolk, lemon extract, salt and sugar in a medium size mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Press thumb into center of each cookie to make large, shallow indentation.  Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of the ricotta mixture into each cookie.

Bake 18 – 20 minutes or until the edges are lightly brown.  Cool completely on wire racks. 

 

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