The 12 Days of Holiday Cookies: Day Seven

Shimmer Cookies

When I'm in the midst of a baking project, I have King Arthur Flour Company on speed dial. (And no, this is not a sponsored post. It's simply a fact.)

Whatever it is that I need--a special type of flour, unique flavorings, the right pan, or unique cupcake wrappers--I can find in their online or paper catalogue.

What's even better  is their treasure trove of baking recipes on their web site, kitchen-tested and approved by many readers.

That's where I found this recipe for Shimmer Cookies, flavored with Fiori di Sicilia (Flowers of Sicily), a unique blend of vanilla, citrus, and flower essences.  

Shimmer Cookies, photo courtesy of King Arthur Flour Company
These cookies sparkle just like snow. With their mellow, creamy citrus flavor, they're a refreshing complement to the usual spicy, decadent cookie selection at holiday time.

Recipe courtesy of King Arthur Flour

Makes  24 to 26 filled cookies

            1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
            3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
            1/4 teaspoon salt
            1/4 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia (or vanilla)
            2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

            coarse white sparkling sugar, for coating
            1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
            6 tablespoons unsalted butter
            1 to 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
            1 to 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
            colored sparkling sugar or sprinkles, for coating

            1) Preheat the oven to 350°F, and grease two baking sheets, or line with parchment paper.
            2) To make the cookies: Beat together the butter, sugar, salt, and Fiori until creamy.
            3) Add the flour, and mix just until incorporated.
            4) Shape teaspoon-sized balls of dough, and roll them in sparkling sugar.
            5) Place the cookies 1" apart on the prepared baking sheets.
            6) Bake the cookies until they're just beginning to brown along the edges, 16 to 18 minutes. Remove from the oven, and cool completely.
            7) To make the filling: Beat all the ingredients together until light and fluffy.
            8) To assemble the cookies: Sandwich a 1/4"-thick layer of filling between two cookies, and roll the filling edge in the colored sugar or sprinkles.


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