Monday, December 13, 2010

Lemon Blackberry Gob (Whoopie Pie)

This is a variation of the orange gob, but I like it even more! I think it's my favorite one so far. The blackberry jelly tastes delicious on the orange gob too. I probably wouldn't fill with the jelly too many days before you plan on giving it away or it might get soggy. Assuming they last that long!

Lemon Blackberry Gobs

2/3 cup shortening (crisco)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 tsp grated lemon rind
2 ¼ cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 cup lemonade concentrate mixture (1/4 cup water plus ¼ cup frozen concentrate)
1/2 cup nuts: optional

Cream the shortening and sugar. Add eggs and lemon rind, mix. combine flour salt and soda in separate bowl and mix together. Alternate adding about ⅓ of the flour mixture with ⅓ of the lemonade mixture, beating each time.

Scoop about 1 tbsp of dough onto cookie sheet and bake at 325 for 10 minutes or until edges start to turn golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Blackberry jelly: (or use store bought)

2 cups blackberries
2-3 tbsp sugar (don’t add too much, this should be a tart filling)
¼ cup corn starch
½ cup water

Dissolve the corn starch in the water and add to thicken. Boil all of the ingredients until the blackberries fall apart and the mixture thickens. Taste and add sugar if it’s too tart or lemon juice if it’s too sweet. Because it will be with the frosting you want it to be pretty tart. You can pulse in a small food processor to get a more even texture (after it’s done cooking). This is approximate, I did not measure.

Lemon Frosting:

* 2 cups confectioners' sugar
* 1/4 cup butter, softened
* 1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
* 1-2 tablespoons milk

To make frosting: In large bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 teaspoon lemon zest until smooth. Beat in milk, and increase speed and continue to beat until light and fluffy.

To assemble: spread frosting on one cookie, jelly on the other, and put them together.

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