These delicate dainties are a refreshing shower treat. Make the cookies small as directed, or cut out larger shapes to suit the occasion. You can glaze to match or complement the filling.
- Portion size 24 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: June 2004
- 24 candied violets (optional)
- 1 cup mango ice cream
- 1 cup raspberry ice cream
- 1/3 cup icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cream cheese softened
- 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
- 1/2 teaspoon orange juice
- pinch salt
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Sugar Cookies: Line 2 rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or grease; set aside.
In large bowl, beat together butter, sugar and cream cheese until fluffy; beat in orange rind and juice and salt. Add flour all at once; stir until blended. Divide in half; shape into discs. Wrap and refrigerate until almost firm, about 30 minutes.
Between parchment or waxed paper, roll out 1 disc at a time to 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using floured 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) daisy or crimped round cutters, cut out shapes. Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on prepared pans.
Bake in top and bottom thirds of 375°F (190°C) oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until cookies are golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool on pans for 3 minutes. Transfer to racks; let cool completely.
Glaze: In small bowl, stir icing sugar with orange juice. Using paint brush or small palette knife, lightly paint half of the cookies with glaze; gently press candied violet onto centre (if using). Let dry on rack, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
Spread bottoms of unglazed cookies with scant 1 tbsp (15 mL) ice cream; top with iced cookie, pressing gently to spread ice cream to edge.
Using palette knife or small knife, smooth edges. Wrap in groups of 6 in plastic wrap; freeze in airtight container until firm, at least 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Freeze for up to 2 days.)
Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about
- Sodium 44 mg
- Protein 1 g
- Calories 87.0
- Total fat 5 g
- Cholesterol 14 mg
- Saturated fat 3 g
- Total carbohydrate 11 g
- Iron 2.0
- Folate 4.0
- Calcium 1.0
- Vitamin A 4.0
- Vitamin C 2.0