Mother’s Day Lemon Shortbread

My mom.  She’s a mother to five kiddos, a loving wife, a sister, a grandmother, and an aunt.  Over the years, strength has come in so many forms and her wisdom is such a powerful force. When the world shakes, she finds a way to be calm.  As the decades have passed, I have come to understand her gifts better than ever.  There is only one – Mary Helen Arnold.  So for her, this year, I’m making a lemon shortbread. It’s not nearly as perfect as she is, but what it lacks in wisdom it makes up for in sweetness.

Mother's Day Lemon Shortbread

My mom ‘s anything with lemon so I decided to combine this lovely shortbread pie with strong lemon notes garnished with blueberry. The cookie itself has a slight hint of lemon, but it’s really the glossy glaze that makes it slurp-quality delicious.

 

This lemon shortbread cookie can be molded to take on many shapes. I opted for a pie-looking dessert and used a circular springform pan (Wilton on Amazon).  The springform pan is perfect because the sides ‘unsnap’ and can be easily removed from the bottom of the pan.  It’s an almost guaranteed perfect pie!  Next up, a little glazing action loaded with lemon zest and lemon juice.  YUM!

Mother's Day Lemon Shortbread

To top it off, I crushed some dried berries that I bought at Trader Joe’s and added in some final touches of lemon zest.  The texture was perfect!

Mother's Day Lemon Shortbread

Slice this sweet lemon shortbread into pie wedges, and pass it to that special mom or someone in your life.  Gratitude is a gift we can share with others.  Life goes by at a marathon pace. There is no doubt that at different points in my life, I didn’t quite understand my mom’s ‘gifts’ and I never truly thanked her for modeling them for me.

Mother's Day Lemon Shortbread

Recently, my mom lost her two brothers, and I watched how she nurtured, cared for, and comforted their respective family units.  I was in awe.  The strength it took to stand by their bedsides, hold their hands, and truly comfort them. In those moments, I realized how selfless she is.

Mother's Day Lemon Shortbread

 

So lemon-ey tell ya, “Happy Lemons, Happy Moms!”  XOXOXO Love ya momma!

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Blueberry Lemon Shortbread

By TheSweetNerd  

May 10, 2017

Ingredients

Shortbread

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened

3 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon table salt

1 1/3 cups confectioners' sugar

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Sauce

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into pieces

1 tablespoon finely ground grapefruit zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup plus 1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions

Shortbread

1Combine the flour, cornstarch, and salt in a medium bowl. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until the dough begins to form moist clumps, about 1 minute.

2Turn the dough out into the prepared pan. Using lightly floured fingertips, press the dough into the pan to form an even layer.

3Freeze the dough while the oven heats.

4Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 325F.

5Bake the dough, rotating the pan halfway through, until the top looks dry and golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes.

Sauce

1Whisk lemon juice, a pinch of kosher salt, and remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar in a small bowl until smooth.

Assembly

1Spread a thin layer of icing over the top of the shortbread cake with a small offset spatula, leaving a thin border of crust exposed. Add berries on top.

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Mother's Day Lemon Shortbread

 

14 Comments

  • Kendall Haun
    3 weeks ago

    Lemon and blueberry? Double whammy! This cake is the perfect way to celebrate my mom. Wooohoo

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      2 weeks ago

      Right? I love lemons. Can’t go wrong with this buttery blueberry winner.

  • 3 weeks ago

    This looks like a heavenly cake and I know my mom would love it!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      2 weeks ago

      Hope you get to make it for her soon! Thanks Lorna for the kind comments.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Your mom sounds like a wonderful woman. You are lucky to have her! (but you already know that 🙂 ). I love lemon desserts too, and shortbread, so this is riiiight up my alley. And I LOVE the one giant cookie/pie thing you have going here. My least fave thing about shortbread is rolling/cutting it into cookies — this is the way to do it!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      2 weeks ago

      Thanks Liv! Happy mom, happy kids. I am such a sucker for lemon desserts too. Thanks for commenting!

  • 3 weeks ago

    This is such a beautiul way to celebrate mama’s! And a classi ccombination of buttery shortbread with blueberries and lemons can’t go wrong. Love it!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      2 weeks ago

      Awww shucks, thanks so much. Your making me blush. I love mom, and she loved this dessert, so all went well.

  • I bet she’ll LOVE it Cindy! Nothing beats a lemony dessert! And shortbread is always a winner. Looks amazing!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      2 weeks ago

      Thanks so much. I hope your day was special. XO

  • Absolutely perfect and a wonderful tribute to you mom. And i’m with your mom on lemon anything 🙂

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      2 weeks ago

      Me too! I am a total sucker for lemon anything. Appreciate the love!

  • I love shortbread and love anything with lemon so this is definitely my kinda dessert! What a sweet tribute to your momma. I’m sure she’ll love this one, Cindy 🙂

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      2 weeks ago

      Thanks Dawn. So appreciate the kind words.

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