The French Fridays with Dorie St Valentine’s Day cookie exchange!

Yes it’s St Valentine’s Day! I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of this Hallmark holiday (growing up in Australia, it definitely did not have the hype it does in North America), although I love baking sweet treats for my friends, colleagues and Mr Neil. But it doesn’t need to be St Valentine’s Day for that, right?

This St Valentine’s Day, I participated in the first (and hopefully not last!) French Fridays with Dorie cookie exchange, organised by the indefatigable Alice (who also organised the holiday card exchange whereby I  received something like 30 holidays cards from “Doristas” all over the world – including Dorie!). We received the name of a fellow Dorista and our name was given to another so we just baked and received one batch.

Last week, I was so excited to receive this gorgeous package and sweet note from Kendra (and it made me hope to goodness that Cher does not post what I sent MY cookie care package in – certainly not nearly as pretty as this one!)

OMG, did she say Beurre & Sel jammers? Yes, she did! I tried to contain my excitement in the staffroom as I opened these on the eve of the big snowstorm last week and we were all in need of a little something sweet. Yes, I ended up sharing with the lucky few who happened to be around. And Googling and emailing the recipe to those who were lucky enough to share them with me within 2 bites of the cookie!

(I did save some for Mr Neil. Because I am nice like that.)

Thanks Kendra – what a lovely Dorie-Valentine thought…

Meanwhile, I was so excited to discover I was baking for Cher. We’ve become fast friends over the past couple of years through French Fridays and Tuesdays with Dorie, and though we’ve never met, it feels like we have.

I wondered about making macarons because Cher always admires mine… But wasn’t sure about sending them in such humid conditions without decent packaging. I figured I’ll need to take a trip to visit Cher one of these days and show her how to make them myself anyway…

I finally settled on a family favourite – Melting Moments…

Yield: 16 cookies

Lemon melting moments

Lemon melting moments

A simple, light cookie, adapted from my mum’s recipe from an old magazine, title unknown.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes



  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • zest from one large lemon
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup custard powder
approx 3/4 cup self raising flour


  • 30g butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare cookie trays with parchment paper.
  2. Using a stand mixer and the whisk attachment or electric hand beaters, cream the butter and lemon zest until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the icing sugar and continue to beat until creamy.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the custard powder and then gradually add the flour until the mixture has come together enough to make small balls of dough. Don’t add all the flour at once – depending on the weather, you might need less than 3/4 cup – the mixture should not be too crumbly otherwise you won’t be able to form the cookie shapes.
  5. Roll into small, teaspoon sized balls, press with a fork to flatten the cookies slightly.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until cookies are golden. They will still be a little soft as you take them out of the oven.
  7. Remove cookies from trays with a large spatula and place on cooling rack until completely cool.


  1. Cream the butter with electric hand beaters until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the icing sugar and continue to beat (at first on low speed so the icing sugar doesn't go flying everywhere) until the icing sugar is almost completely absorbed into the butter.
  3. Add the milk and vanilla and beat until the mixture is thick and creamy - think Nutella-type consistency that you can pipe into the cookies.


  1. Fill a piping bag (14") with the filling.
  2. Turn 8 of the cooled cookie halves upside down and pipe about a tablespoon of the filling on each half.
  3. Carefully using a circular motion, join matching cookie halves making sure not to press too hard as the cookies will still be a little soft.
  4. Store in an airtight container.


lemon melting moment cookies

These were a great batch of cookies, if I do say so myself. Mr Neil tested 2 of them before we sent them to Cher as well. Because, well, you know, quality control and all that… I am pretty sure she enjoyed them. Not sure she shared though 😉

Happy Thursday folks! And if you celebrate St Valentine’s Day, I hope it’s a sweet one!

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43 Responses to The French Fridays with Dorie St Valentine’s Day cookie exchange!

  1. Cher February 14, 2013 at 05:58 #

    Oh. My Gosh. Those cookies were so good. Lemon is my absolute favorite flavor. I had to hide the cookes while I was at work so they wouldn’t be gone before I came home. They were that good.
    Thank YOU for the cookies! (Its probably a good idea we don’t live closer – I have a feeling we could be dangerous together 🙂 )

    • Cher February 14, 2013 at 06:24 #

      ANNNNDDDD I have printed the recipe. These need to happen again…

    • Mardi Michels March 23, 2013 at 16:55 #

      😉 Glad you loved!

  2. Lindsey February 14, 2013 at 06:24 #

    Those look out of this world! I love anything with lemon so I definitely want to try these. Delicious!

  3. Liz February 14, 2013 at 06:41 #

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Mardi!!! Looks like two fantastic cookies!!!

  4. Paula February 14, 2013 at 08:05 #

    How fun! Kendra’s Beurre & Sel Jammers look amazing. What a delightful treat to receive in the mail. I’m sure Cher enjoyed your Lemon Melting Moments…I know I certainly would.

  5. Mr. Neil February 14, 2013 at 08:10 #

    “Become fast friends over the past couple of years”?!?! I’d hate to see what the slow process would be for you…

    Cher – apologies for the disgraceful, but efficient, shipping box. That was me: I wanted to make sure they’d survive the 1-metre courier drop requirement intact!

    The Lemonies were indeed yummy. A nice combo of sweet and savoury for me; perfect with my wee glass of Cointreau.

    Haven’t tried the Jammer yet…

    • Cher February 14, 2013 at 11:14 #

      They arrived quickly and in perfect condition (not a broken one in the lot). I would call that packaging success.

  6. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen February 14, 2013 at 09:03 #

    Oh Mardi, you gave and received fantastic cookies! Have a great day!

  7. Kendra February 14, 2013 at 09:54 #

    Hi Mardi, I am so glad my cookies made it to you! I mailed them to you on January 29th…the Post Office couldn’t tell me when you would receive them (from Cary,NC to Canada) so I wasn’t sure what they would taste like. Looks like they at least arrived unbroken 🙂 They have become my favorite cookie to give…everybody love them!

  8. Alice February 14, 2013 at 10:16 #

    I need to make some of these for myself!! 🙂 they look great, and some Beurre & Sel cookies?? What a lucky lady!

  9. Trevor Sis. Boom. February 14, 2013 at 10:49 #

    I’ve been wanting to make jammers since first seeing them online. I’ve not run across the rings though but I hear Dorie is going to be making them commercially available soon so I will support her and buy a bunch. Your melting moments look fantastic dear. I’m dogearing these to make to take to work the next time I need some attention.

    • Mardi Michels March 23, 2013 at 16:54 #

      Haha! And if Dorie made those cookie rings available I would buy a ton as well!

  10. Mary Hirsch February 14, 2013 at 10:51 #

    Your lemon cookies (I read Cher’s Post first) look absolutely delicious and I am glad to have the recipe. I love the idea that some Dorista’s baked “Dorie” either from B&S (lucky you) or the recent Better Homes & Garden’s February issue. We Heart Dorie, that’s for sure. Yeah, my packaging sucked also so I am going to take Packaging 101 before sending baked goods next time. And, with Alice around, I just know there is going to be a next time.

  11. Geraldine Saucier February 14, 2013 at 12:49 #

    The cookies look delicious:) I need to make the Lemon cookies soon – thanks for sharing:) Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

  12. Jessica of My Baking Heart February 14, 2013 at 12:51 #

    Both of these look wonderful! And the photos are just beautiful. 🙂

  13. Susan February 14, 2013 at 13:11 #

    How fun, Mardi! I can’t wait to try your Lemon melting moments!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  14. Evelyne@cheapethniceatz February 14, 2013 at 13:57 #

    What a great idea a cookie exchange! I love the name of the cookie Beurre & Sel jammers. Sounds awesome. And I really like the ones you made too, I am a big fan of lemon in cakes or cookies.

  15. Maggie February 14, 2013 at 15:57 #

    I love the Jammers!!! My sister-in-law made them for Christmas and they were amazing! The lemon cookies look and sound delish too!

  16. Colette @ JFF! February 14, 2013 at 16:07 #

    Melting, indeed!

  17. Geoff February 14, 2013 at 16:22 #

    Mardi, correct me if I’m wrong but these melting moments look very much like those that your mother makes. They do ‘melt’ in the mouth too. They looked great.

  18. Kathy February 14, 2013 at 16:40 #

    Beautiful cookies!! I printed both recipes. This cookie exchange was such a fun thing to do!!

  19. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen February 14, 2013 at 17:21 #

    What fun! It’s so nice to have a cookie exchange, especially when it’s not in December ! These are great and the photos are so inviting. I have a baking question ~ can I use regular all purpose flour instead of the self-rising? If so, should I add baking powder or b. soda? Thanks for sharing!

  20. Pam M February 14, 2013 at 19:25 #

    Glad to see “Mum’s Favourites”, the lemon addition is a great idea.

  21. Betsy February 14, 2013 at 21:26 #

    These look great! What is custard powder, though? I can’t wait to try these AND the B&S Jammers. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

  22. Lola February 14, 2013 at 22:23 #

    Both cookies look delicious! I love lemon and can’t wait to try these.

  23. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons February 15, 2013 at 06:25 #

    Delicious, Mardi. I’m sure Mr Neil’s heart melted with the lemon. They look great!

    • Mardi Michels February 15, 2013 at 08:22 #

      Well the lemon ones were not really for Mr Neil….

  24. Cakelaw February 15, 2013 at 07:42 #

    What gorgeous cookies! I agree that Valentines Day is not huge in Oz, but I can’t resist a day that specialises in red hearts …

  25. Natalie February 15, 2013 at 13:43 #

    So lovely!

  26. yummychunklet February 15, 2013 at 15:43 #

    Those lemon melts look delicious! Yum!

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