For the past few months I've been wandering. I've been on a long, roundabout path to the west and now I finally have a permanent home again. After four months of traveling, I put my suitcases away, the dust is beginning to settle and it feels... good.
Particularly because I now have a lemon tree growing in my yard (not to mention that it's 70 degrees in February...something this Colorado native is not used to in the least).
So what do you do when you have lemons growing outside your door in February? You make Lemon Meringue Pie Cookies.
As I was looking for what to make with my lemons I came across this great idea. But I wanted something a little more flaky and chewy so I set to work...
... and ended up with this. First I made this wonderful recipe for lemon curd from Ina Garten (after making this, I will never buy lemon curd again! What a world of difference). Then I used my favorite simple pie crust recipe to make lemon shaped pie crust cookies (simply make pie dough as directed and then roll and cut out lemon shapes with a cookie cutter or by hand making sure to pop them in the freezer for a moment before baking them at 350 degrees until golden on the bottom)... and finally I went back to this recipe for chewy meringues to top it all off.
Stack them all together and you'll get one amazing little lemon meringue pie cookie. Flaky pie crust, sweet/tart lemon curd, and chewy crunchy meringue.
Best of all, since all the pieces are kept separately until the last moment, they're perfect for kids to assemble and they'll last for days!
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