Clementine Melting Moments
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Clementine Melting Moments are melt-in-your-mouth shortbread drop cookies infused with the essence of fresh Clementines through and through.
makes about 20 cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
- ⅓ cup confectioner's sugar
- 2 tbsp clementine zest, don't skimp! (plus extra for garnish)
- 1 and 1/2 cup flour
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 2 tbs unsalted butter (room temperature)
- juice of 2 or 3 clementines for thinning the frosting
- Cream the butter and sugar together with the zest. Gradually add the flour and cornstarch and mix until the dough comes together.
- Finish bringing the dough together with a big spoon until there are no dry crumbly bits. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Using a small scoop, or a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop out dough and roll into a ball. Place on an un-greased baking sheet 2 inches apart and bake for about 11-12 minutes. They will still be pale, but may look slightly golden around the bottom edge. (Longer cooking will result in a crunchier cookie, shorter cooking time results in a softer shortbread.) Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely before frosting.
- To make the frosting, blend the soft butter with the sugar, adding enough juice to get it to a spreadable consistency. If it becomes too thin, add a little more sugar. Stir until it is creamy, with no sugar lumps. Frost each cookie and garnish with a sprinkle of zest.