Last Saturday was Mike's mother's birthday. It also happened to be one of the first true spring days in the city.
As she is quite such a sweet supporter of my baking, I wanted to make something special and unique for her birthday.
With the weather warming, the lighter tastes of citrus combined with just the right amount of sugar suddenly seemed like a perfect combination for a spring birthday treat.
The cookie part was very much like a shortbread, except with more lemon than usual. In the future I think I will add a bit more lemon to the dough, to try to achieve a greater balance between the tartness of the lemon and sweetness of the sugar.
The filling was, obviously, cream cheese based with a bit of lemon juice, zest and sugar. Besides the recipe listing the incorrect amount of cream cheese (tsk, tsk Martha), it was also a bit runny. Next time, I will play with the proportions a bit more so the same taste is achieved in a thicker consistency. But when refrigerated, the cookies were quite scrumptious - especially wonderful paired with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
I received a lovely thank you note for the treats and, just as I suspected, they were enjoyed immensely.