My kids finished up school on Wednesday. We were all so excited! I envisioned us all happily playing together each day. I seem to remember last summer, my kids would sleep late, come downstairs and start creatively playing with each other for hours. It was fantastic. I must have been delusional, because by 8:30 Thursday morning my 7 and 8-year-old were fighting. I couldn’t believe it. What is there to fight about on your first morning of summer break? It should all be love, peace and happiness! I heard voices escalating in the kitchen and my daughter (the 8-year-old) saying “I’m telling mom”. I walk in to find my son swinging a bag of bread at my daughter. Nice. I was pretty upset about the smooshed bread. That just ruins lunch for everyone. It was downhill from there. Everything my son did annoyed my daughter to no end! In the car on the way to lunch, all I heard from her was “stop it”. Apparently he was drumming too loudly. Now I admit, my son is loud, but my daughter can be a diva. By that time I had it! I resorted to threatening them with hours of math and writing if they didn’t stop fighting and starting enjoying summer break!!!
The reality hit me that this will not be like last summer. Nope, the kids are whole year older. They don’t play the same games they did last year. When they were younger, all they needed was each other. Now they need their friends too. Bottom line is they are starting to realize that although you love those closest to you very much, your family will drive you crazy like no one else can!
There is one thing they all agreed on, that these lemon thumbprint cookies rocked! My son actually said “I wish we could have these forever, when these run out will you make some more”. I can’t tell you how much I was beaming at that moment. I promised to make them every day if it would make him happy! They are light and taste almost like a lemon shortbread cookie. I love white chocolate, but the filling isn’t too sweet, it’s a really nice balance with the lemon cookie. I added a little lemon zest atop each cookie to really make the lemon taste pop. Enjoy!
- For the ganache:
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 4 oz white chocolate chopped
- For the cookies:
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 T lemon zest
- ½ t lemon juice
- ½ t salt
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 ¾ cup flour
- For the topping:
- 1 lemon
- 1 T sugar
- For the ganache: place chopped chocolate in a bowl. Bring heavy cream to a boil. Pour over white chocolate and stir until completely melted. Cover and set in fridge to thicken. Make the ganache before the cookies so that the chocolate can set by the time you are ready to use it.
- Meanwhile, pre heat oven to 350. In a bowl beat butter, sugar, zest, lemon juice vanilla and salt until light and creamy. Add in the egg and continue beating. Slowly add in flour until completely blended.
- Using a small cookie scoop, scoop a small about of dough and roll gently into a ball shape. Place on a lightly greased or lined cookie sheet about two inches apart. Using the back end of a ¼ teaspoon, gently make indentation into cookie. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before placing on cookie sheet. Cool completely.
- When cookies are cool, fill each cookie cavity with a teaspoon of white chocolate ganache.
- For a little more lemon flavor, zest another lemon into a bowl. Add a tablespoon of sugar and stir until sugar is absorbed. Sprinkle zest over cookies.
- Cookies adapted from King Arthur Flour Company
- Makes 3 ½ dozen small cookies