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Double-Lemon Thumbprint Scones

Like thumbprint cookies, these light and lemony scones get their name from the well of preserves in the center.  The secret to tender results is to work the dough as little as possible.  After adding the cream, stir just until everything is incorporated.  When kneading, use as few turns as possible.   When shaping, pat just until you get a one-inch-thick round.  Any leftovers taste great reheated the next day, wrapped in foil.


3 ea large lemons
2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
1-1/4 cups plus 2 tbsp chilled heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp cherry, raspberry, or strawberry preserves


Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line large heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.  Finely grate enough peel from lemons to measure 6 teaspoons; set grated peel aside.  Squeeze enough juice from 1 lemon to measure 1 tablespoon (seal remaining lemons in plastic wrap and reserve for another use).  Whisk flour and 1/2 cup sugar in medium bowl to blend.  Add 1-1/4 cups chilled whipping cream, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 4 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel; stir gently to combine.

Gather dough together and turn out onto lightly floured work surface; kneading briefly, 4 to 5 turns.  Pat or roll out dough to 1-inch thick round.  Using 2-1/2 to 2-3/4-inch-diameter cookie cutter or biscuit cutter dipped in flour, cut out rounds.  Reroll dough scraps and flatten to 1-inch thickness; cut out additional rounds.  Transfer scones to prepared rimmed baking sheet, spacing scones about 1-inch apart.  Using thumb, push down center of each scone to make deep indentation.  Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon preserves into indentation of each scone.

Whisk remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, and 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel in small bowl to blend.  Brush top of scones generously with lemon glaze.  Bake scones until golden and cake tester inserted horizontally into center of scone comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes.  Transfer thumbprint scones to rack and cool slightly.  Serve scones warm or at room temperature.

(makes 8)


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03/03/2011 - Posted by | Cookies

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