Friday, January 12, 2007

the 34 cookies of Christmas: day 23

Yesterday, on day 22, we discussed the first of two "cup" cookies created for Christmas 2006. Today, on day 23 of the 34 cookies of Christmas, we discuss the second "cup" cookie we created this past holiday season. These cookies pack the flavors and textures of a delicate lemon and blueberry tart into a tiny muffin cup. The crust is infused with fresh lemon zest, lemon juice, and lemon oil, where the filling combines fresh and sun-dried blueberries, as well as British blueberry preserves. The topping is an almond streusel containing fresh almond paste, slivered and roasted almonds, and a warm vanilla sugar. This recipe was originally added into the cookie "rotation" for my brother, a self-proclaimed Anglophile, due to it's complex flavors reminiscent of British origins. After tasting it, and modifying the recipe, it has become one of our favorites as well!

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