Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon coconut extract
Garnishes: toasted coconut and lemon rind strips
How to Make It
Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add flour to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Shape mixture into 48 balls, and place on a baking sheet; cover and chill 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°. Place 1 dough ball into each cup of 2 lightly greased (24-cup) miniature muffin pans, and shape each into a pastry shell.
Whisk together eggs, butter, and sugar; stir in fresh lemon juice and coconut extract. Pour into pastry shells.
Bake at 350° for 18 to 22 minutes or until filling is set. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely (about 20 minutes). Garnish, if desired.
Very good, nice light taste. But.... where does that cup of sugar go ? I added it to the butter/eggs mixture. One note: unless you are really stingy with the filling, the mixture only fills about 40 of the pastry cups, not all 48. I baked the unfilled cups for about 12 minutes and will use them another time. Definitely a nice desert, especially for lemon lovers. Will make again.
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