To prepare dough, beat 1/2 cup sugar and butter at medium speed of a mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg; beat well. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add flour, baking powder, and salt to sugar mixture; beat at low speed until well-blended. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; freeze 15 minutes. Gently press dough into bottom and up sides of 24 miniature muffin cups coated with cooking spray.
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare filling, place 1/2 cup sugar and the next 4 ingredients (1/2 cup sugar through cream cheese) in a food processor; process until smooth, scraping sides of processor bowl occasionally. Spoon 1 tablespoon filling into each prepared muffin cup. Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or until edges are brown and filling is set. Remove cups from pans immediately; cool on a wire rack.
To prepare topping, spoon 1/2 teaspoon lemon curd onto each cookie cup. Sprinkle with almonds.
great recipe!!!!! i made these as dessert for my Easter dinner. They're delicious without being overly sweet. They're great for kids, because they're tiny and great for adults who want a little something sweet. i searched cookinglight for a recipe for lemon curd, which worked wonderfully. they are a little time consuming to make - you have to make dough, filling and topping, but worth it!!!