2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg yolk
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or using your fingers, combine the
flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and, using your fingertips, pinch
the ingredients together into a sandy, crumbly mixture. In a mixer fitted with a
paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), mix the sour cream and egg yolk until
very smooth. Add the flour mixture and mix until the dough comes together. The
dough may feel a little dry. Form into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill
at least 4 hours or overnight. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, egg, sugar,
vanilla and lemon zest.
On a work surface thickly dusted with confectioners sugar, roll out the pastry
to a squarish or rectangular shape, 1/8-inch thick. Using the tip of a sharp
knife or a pizza cutter, cut into 3 by 3-inch squares. Place a teaspoon of
filling in the center of each square. Lift up one square, gathering the center
of the square around the filling into a cup. Hold it in the fingers of one hand.
Use the fingers of your other hand to gently push the midpoints of the sides
inward, so that the 4 corners become the points of the petals. The cookie will
look like a flower that is opening. Place the cookie in a mini muffin cup.
Repeat with the remaining squares and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
Bake until light golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in
the pan on a wire rack.
Yield: About 24 cookies