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Lemon Meringue Cookies

Looking back on some recent posts, I’ve had a decidedly citrusy month so far this August! I posted my recipe for Lemon Mrytle & Thyme Vegan Shortbread, and last week I made a Vegan Orange Curd. My morning green smoothies have had a good dose of citrus too, and I’ve been liberally adding wonderfully aromatic yuzu juice in place of lemons for various things. Amazing what a little change can do :)

 Lemon Meringue Cookies

We tend to associate fresh, tangy citrus fruits with summer but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with adding a bit of zest to winter cooking and baking. After all, this is certainly the time of the year when we need all the extra Vitamin C we can get! I’m personally just getting over a nasty sinus cold so I’ll be stocking up on lemons and oranges this week, which means a lot of lovely zest to use up.

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For the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop this month (themed Cookie Monster and hosted by Sophie from The Sticky and Sweet), I knew I’d be trying out a recipe or two from Turkish Bakery Delight, my latest cookbook darling that I found at the local library. This book immediately made me add Turkey to my list of places to visit one day! It has oodles of recipes for cookies but I couldn’t go past the one for Lemon Meringue Cookies.

Lemon Meringue Cookies

This cookie’s dough is wonderfully buttery and in fact, the author refers to it as a pastry dough which makes sense. Once baked, it has a rich, melt-in-your-mouth texture that, when combined with the sticky and puffy meringue swirled through, makes you think that you’re eating a mouthful of lemon meringue pie. Unlike the pie though, this cookie doesn’t have the super sour burst of lemon curd but there’s still a lot of lovely flavour that comes through from the zest.

Lemon Meringue Cookies

I think this cookie would have been more than fine as per the recipe but since I can’t help tinkering, I added a teaspoon of yuzu juice into the dough for a more sour flavour, and a dash in the meringue. Unfortunately, the latter caused my already soft meringue to go a bit loose which made for a hard time rolling the pastry dough up and cutting into cookie portions :|

Lemon Meringue Cookies

While my cookies weren’t picture perfect (if you’d like an example of what they should look like, please visit the wonderful Lemonpi), they did have lovely swirls of meringue through them and trust me when I say it’s love at first bite. The cookies are soooo light and crumbly :) I’ll definitely make these again one day but I’ll go easy on the meringue!

Lemon Meringue Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • Pastry Dough:
  • (note - I have halved the ingredients from original recipe to produce 12 cookies)
  • 1 small egg (or use yolk and half of white from a large egg)
  • 50g white sugar (I used a blend of brown rice syrup and white sugar)
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 185g plain flour (I used even amounts of spelt, plain and gluten free flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of yuzu or lemon juice (optional)
  • Meringue :
  • 2 egg whites
  • 150g sugar
  • zest from 1 large lemon
  • dash of yuzu or lemon juice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place butter, sugar and egg into the Thermomix Bowl and process on Speed 5 for 5 seconds or until nice and creamy.
  2. Add flour, baking powder and citrus juice (if using) into TMX bowl and process on Speed 6 for a few seconds or until well combined. You should have a crumbly mix of dough.
  3. Transfer dough to another bowl, press together into a ball and allow to rest in fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 160C and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
  5. Prepare meringue (Thermomix or hand mixer) by beating until soft peaks form, adding sugar gradually until glossy. Add zest and juice (if using) and beat briefly to combine.
  6. Roll out pastry dough onto a floured surface, creating a rectangle that is 2mm in height. The longest side should be facing you.
  7. Spread meringue mixture over the pastry, leaving at least 3cm of uncovered pastry at one of the longer ends (I only remembered this point now...)
  8. Gently roll the pastry as though making a swiss roll. Cut 2cm wide portions and place on baking sheet. It's important to work fairly fast so the pastry remains cool and manageable.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until pastry and meringue are golden. Allow to cool before serving.

24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Swah

    August 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Lemon meringue… cookies?! I think I have died and gone to heaven!! These look amazing :)

    • Moni

      August 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      He he. Yes. I couldn’t not try making these :) The texture really won me over. Crisp, sticky. Sigh…

  2. Sally

    August 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    mmmmmm cookies! these look great, love lemon meringue :)

    • Moni

      August 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks Sally. I can’t say I know too many (if any at all) people who don’t like lemon meringue :D

  3. Sophie - thestickyandsweet

    August 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    How did you know Lemon Meringue Pie is my favourite? I had the most amazing Lemon Meringue Gelato in the South of France and I think your cookies would be just as delicious. Thanks for joining the hop xo

    • Moni

      August 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Oh now you’ve got me going with the idea of Lemon Meringue Gelato! Thanks for hosting this fun hop :)

  4. Christine @ Cooking Crusade

    August 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Wow! I absolutely love lemon meringue pie and have even made a cupcake version of it but never a cookie version! Genius idea!

    • Moni

      August 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks Christine. Wasn’t sure how these would turn out but I can see why they’re popular in Turkey, or anywhere else :)

  5. JJ - 84thand3rd

    August 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    There is no such thing as too much lemon and these sound simply brilliant – a swirl of meringue?? love it!! Now to put a big dollop of lemon curd on top… ;D

    • Moni

      August 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks JJ. I did indeed think about adding lemon curd but these cookies were already hard enough to leave alone. Perhaps the next batch… :)

  6. Claire @ Claire K Creations

    August 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I’ve never seen anything like these but they look wonderful! We just moved into a house with a lemon tree and have soo many lemons. Looks like I have a use for some of them.

    • Moni

      August 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks Claire. I liked the uniqueness of these cookies :) Man, I’d love to have a lemon tree… I must plant one or find a neighbour with a giant tree!

  7. megan

    August 20, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Sweet jesus these looks delicious!
    I wonder if you could have added lemon curd in the middle also.
    I dont know anyone that doesnt love lemon meringue – zesty, sweet, tangy, sour and combined with a buttery biscuit – my mouth waters

    • Moni

      August 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Oh trust me. I was considering adding some Meyer Lemon curd but that would have just been illegal I’m sure! x

  8. My Kitchen Stories

    August 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    What very interesting cookies. Wonderful flavours very inspirering

    • Moni

      August 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      That’s what got me when I came across the recipe. I will definitely make them again :) Thanks for visiting!

  9. gourmetgetaway

    August 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Oh wow!!! This looks so super delicious!!! I know hubby would love this cookies, these are his favourite flavours :)

    • Moni

      August 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks :) These would definitely impress a lemon meringue fiend! Messy or not, the meringue crunch was amazing :D

  10. Prue @ The Culinary Library

    August 20, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    What a great idea, have put meringue on the top of a cake before but not on cookie dough. And yep, I have those months too… had a beetroot month last month and I am in a spinach one at the moment but I always end up back at citrus at some point too!

    • Moni

      August 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks Prue :) I’m going to wean myself off lemons! I do look forward to making these cookies again one day tho.

  11. Stephanie

    August 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    These are just fabulous! It’s so original! Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. Chris

    August 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Amazing Cookies. I imagine them very lovely. At least you helped a lot with your writing.

  13. thelittlecookbook

    August 24, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Oh man! Turkey seems like such a mystical place filled with amazing sweet treats, I too have added it my list of places to go; whilst I’m there I can hop over to my favourite of all the countries Cyprus. These cookies look like such an embodiment of the eastern Mediterranean with simple flavours based on fruits, herbs and vegetables, looks just wonderful.

    • Moni

      September 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Thanks for visiting :) I had no idea how rich a history of baking Turkey had. I still haven’t returned to book even though I’ve had an overdue notice sent :| I’m now keen to learn about food from other countries in the region :D

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