Shimmer Cookies

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Yield: 24 to 26 filled cookies

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These cookies sparkle just like snow. With their mellow, creamy citrus flavor, they're a refreshing complement to the usual spicy, decadent cookie selection at holiday time.

Shimmer Cookies

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Yield: 24 to 26 filled cookies
Published: 09/19/2012




  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • colored sparkling sugar or sprinkles, for coating

Tips from our bakers

  • If you prefer a simple vanilla cookie, replace the Fiori di Sicilia with 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and flavor the filling with a 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Crush, paste, or extract.


1) Preheat the oven to 350°F, and grease two baking sheets, or line with parchment paper.

2) To make the cookies: Beat together the butter, sugar, salt, and Fiori until creamy.

3) Add the flour, and mix just until incorporated.

4) Shape teaspoon-sized balls of dough, and roll them in sparkling sugar.

5) Place the cookies 1" apart on the prepared baking sheets.

6) Bake the cookies until they're just beginning to brown along the edges, 16 to 18 minutes. Remove from the oven, and cool completely.

7) To make the filling: Beat all the ingredients together until light and fluffy.

8) To assemble the cookies: Sandwich a 1/4"-thick layer of filling between two cookies, and roll the filling edge in the colored sugar or sprinkles.

Yield: 24 to 26 filled cookies.


  • star rating 12/15/2013
  • Sara from Springfield, VA
  • They tasted great and looked festive, but I found the baking time was a bit off. I had to bake mine for 26-28 minutes before the edges got even slightly golden.
  • star rating 01/18/2013
  • mknighton from KAF Community
  • These are my new favorite Christmas cookie. They got rave reviews. The orange flavor was perfect, not over powering but distinctive. They were decadent without being overly sweet and the texture was light and slightly crunchy. Will probably make for other occasions with different sprinkles.
  • star rating 12/23/2012
  • Jenny from Wisconsin
  • Folks just raved about these this year. Such a simple cookie, but huge impact. Already on the list for next year!
  • star rating 12/16/2012
  • Paul from Ohio from KAF Community
  • BRILLIANT is the only way to describe this recipe. Taste is perfectly light, citrus buttery. Easy to make beyond belief. Presentation is A+, again easy to pull off and the filling is to die for!!!!! And again, so so so so so simple to make. Go for it. Great Christmas Gifts, Party trays - change up the sprinkles to make it an any season treat.
  • star rating 12/13/2012
  • Joanne K from North Dakota
  • VERY good. Light and not too sweet. They made the kitchen smell so good, too! Can't beat that orange-lemon cookie smell! These cookies are very easy to make. There is LOTS of butter in them (not low fat-ha) They look very pretty. We took a beautiful photo of them with the Christmas tree in the background. I think I made lots of people hungry. The cookies kept most of their shape. Watch carefully because you could easily burn these if you're not paying attention. Also, don't make them too big. The recipe states a teaspoon size and that's about right. Otherwise the *sandwich* gets too big when put together.
  • star rating 12/01/2012
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  • star rating 12/01/2012
  • Erin from Boston, MA
  • I just won a cookie swap with this recipe! These cookies look beautiful and have an amazing butter and citrus flavor. They are so fresh and unexpected. The only reason I am giving it four stars instead of five is that they are a bit labor intensive to make. Admittedly, with a 1tsp cookie scoop the work would have been cut way down, but I only have a tablespoon size scoop. So, if you have the time, go for it, these are wonderful! You never fail me King Arthur, thanks.
  • star rating 12/01/2012
  • E from CA
  • the good: these taste good and and are pretty easy as "fancy" Christmas cookies go. the bad: the cookies did not flatten nearly as much as those pictured, so you don't get that round shape in the finished cookies
    Thank you for the input! I usually will test bake my sugar cookies to see how they bake up. When they don't spread or flatten out, I then know that I should give them some help with the bottom of my measuring cup or glass. Next time, they might flatten better if you ensure the liquids are measured very accurately and that the dough is mixed very well. Kim@KAF

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