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Denise S. December 17, 2017
Gwen, my typos were the result of typing on an ipad. And probably being in a hurry. I should’ve slowed down and proofraed, but i didn’t. I noticed the homophone mistake in the recipe, same as you, but i figured it wasn’t a mistake essential to the success of the recipe. Happy baking to you!
Gwen December 16, 2017
Surely there is a proof reader. #5 'brake' is someone pulling out all the stops? Should read 'break'. Lordy, lordy.
Denise S. December 11, 2017
I made these today and used a slightly different method for rolling them out. First i divided the dough into four mounds. Then I put flour on my parchment, then put down the dought, and put another sheet of floured parchment on top to rollit. After i rolled the dough, i put each ready-to-cut piece in the freezer. They were then ready for the cookie cutters when I was ready to bake them. I gathered together the scraps as i wnr, re-chilling the dough before re-rolling and cutting the cookies. I then refrigerated the cut-out shapes. I’m sorry to say, after all the work, i didnt find these particulalrly spectacular. They are a fairly plain, slightly lemon-y butter cookie, even with a god tablespoon of peel and added lemin extract. And how in the world anyone gets 70 cookies out of that dough, i’d like to know. I rolled mine thinner than 1/4 inch and got about 40 cookies out of the recipe. To each her own , but i wonkt make these again.
Nyasha January 26, 2017
I made these for my annual christmas cookie gift box and they were a hit. Almost stole the show from my venetians - which are my speciality! I found these too sticky for cookie cutters (even with frequent freezing), so I ended up rolling out the dough and slicing it into small diamond shapes. I...may have eaten a solid 5th of the dough before it made it to the oven . So delicious - at every stage. Coating in gold and silver sprinkles make a gorgeous cookie. Brava!
Meike P. January 26, 2017
Hi Nyasha! Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed them so much. I love these cookies, and the raw dough! Cutting them is a bit fiddly, but it sounds like you found a good solution. All the best!
Heidi M. December 11, 2016
I can't believe there are no comments about how delicious these are. They were the biggest hit for me last year and have become almost my fav Christmas cookie. I have made them GF as well and everyone raves about them. Bravo.
Smaug December 21, 2015
Makes a nice, delicate cookie- I'd actually prefer a bit more lemon (but then I use a cup of juice for a lemon meringue pie); you can't really measure zest, but I used 1 largish lemon- looked like about 2 tsp. I subbed 1 tsp of vanilla paste for the bean. I found that they rolled much more easily on a pastry cloth than with the plastic (or wax paper)- any way you do it, it takes quite a bit of flour; it might be best to use a bit more in the dough (they also spread a bit). I also tried a few as drop cookies (blob, flattened ball, unflattened ball)- they all came out acceptable; the flattened ball was the best (use wet hands to form them). I rolled them to 5/32"; it made 26 2 1/4" cookies. I baked them in a standard oven, 375 degrees for 9 minutes.
Meike P. December 22, 2015
Thank you! I never tried rolling them on a pastry cloth, I'll do that next time. Two layers of floured plastic wrap works really well for me here, I prefer it to wax paper. I tried adding more flour to the dough but the texture wasn't as nice so I stick to my Maltese mama's traditional recipe. Merry Christmas!!
Jackie N. December 15, 2015
Hi, I'm completely out of parchment paper. Will this be a problem for this recipe?
Meike P. December 15, 2015
Hi! You could grease the baking sheet but I would use aluminium foil instead (shiny side up, also lightly greased), the cookies might be done a bit quicker. Parchment paper is still ideal as the cookies are thin and crisp. Enjoy!
Smaug December 21, 2015
You should be able to cook them right on the (ungreased) baking sheet- parchment is used for cookies in bakeries mostly so that trays of cookies can be cycled rapidly and so the heat can be removed instantly when they're done. If you make cookies frequently, silpats work very well and last more or less forever, but the initial investment is a bit high. By the way, wax paper works much better than plastic wrap for rolling out doughs.
janecf December 12, 2015
Do you think this recipe would work if I chilled the dough in "logs" and sliced rounds off to bake (instead of rolling out and cutting)? Thanks!
Meike P. December 12, 2015
Hi! I'm quite sure that it will work. And it will definitely make it easier and quicker as the dough is quite soft!
Angela D. December 6, 2015
Hi! I was super excited when I came across this recipe because I am half Maltese. I really want to try it but I can't get vanilla pods where I live. Can I substitute with vanilla extract?
Meike P. December 6, 2015
Hi Angela! Yes, of course, you can use high-quality vanilla extract, about 1/2-1 teaspoon for this recipe, depending on the brand, although I still prefer the pods. Happy St. Nicholas' Day!
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