Make eating cookies an interactive experience by serving them alongside a jar of sweet-tart homemade lemon curd. The recipes come from Andy Schudlich of Epicure Catering and Cherry Basket Farm in Michigan.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

20 mins
2 hrs


Lemon Curd:


  • Zest 2 lemons to yield about 2 teaspoons zest. Juice all 3 lemons to yield about 6 tablespoons juice. In a medium saucepan, combine zest, juice, yolks and granulated sugar, stirring constantly over medium heat for about 8 minutes, or until mixture reaches 160° and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat. Add the 10 tablespoons unsalted butter slowly, stirring until smooth. Add salt. Strain through a fine sieve, then transfer to jars or a covered bowl. Cool, then store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, beat the 1 cup salted butter, the powdered sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until combined. Mix in flour until blended. (Dough will be crumbly but will come together with beating and/or if squeezed together by hand.) Divide in half.

  • Grease two 9-inch round baking pans. Line the bottoms with parchment paper and grease the paper. Press dough into pans until top is smooth. Prick all over with a fork (to prevent bubbling). Bake until golden, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove shortbread from pan. Remove paper and cut while still warm, 12 wedges per pan.

  • To serve, arrange shortbread and a jar or small bowl of lemon curd on a platter or board, allowing guests to spread curd onto shortbread as desired.

Nutrition Facts

220 calories; fat 14g; cholesterol 95mg; saturated fat 8g; carbohydrates 22g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 1g; trans fatty acid 1g; sugars 13g; protein 2g; vitamin a 466.7IU; vitamin c 1.9mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.6mg; folate 28.6mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 77mg; potassium 26mg; calcium 13mg; iron 0.7mg.