Written by Jenny -
Lemons make me smile! Why? Well, for starters, their color brings brightness to a dreary day and their citrusy aroma relaxes me instantly. Wouldn’t you agree that dusting (not one of my favorite tasks) is made better with lemon-scented furniture polish?
This “pucker up” fruit is packed with flavor inside and out. Lemon juice or zest adds a spark of flavor to many sweet or savory recipes and drinks. Refreshing and simple, just a thin slice of fresh lemon transforms an ordinary glass of water to another level. I would have to say the same for these Mini Lemon Cup Candies, but all you need is some lemon rind. These bite-size candies are perfect for a shower or a day that needs some sunshine!
Ingredients for 42 candies:
- 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels, divided
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
- 42 1-inch paper liners
- Rind of 1 lemon, grated
- 1 to 2 drops of yellow food coloring (optional)
- Powdered sugar for kneading
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- Yellow decorator sugar
MELT 1 cup morsels in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted, as shown above.
Add corn syrup; stir until well combined. Mixture will be a little grainy. Gather up and form a ball as shown above. Wrap with plastic wrap and let stand for at least 1 hour or until cool. Do not skip this step!
PLACE paper liners on baking sheet.
KNEAD mixture, lemon peel and 1 to 2 drops food coloring on work surface lightly dusted with powdered sugar until zest and color are worked through and mixture is smooth. Plastic gloves can be worn to prevent food coloring from dying hands.
Shape into forty-two 3/4-inch balls and flatten slightly. Place one in each liner as shown above. Keep covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying.
MELT remaining morsels and vegetable oil in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted.
Spoon 1/2 measuring teaspoon of melted morsels onto each filling as shown above.
Sprinkle lightly with sugar. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm. Store in covered container in refrigerator.
Tip: To keep melted morsels warm, place bowl on top of smaller bowl filled with very warm water. Do not allow water to touch bottom of bowl or allow water to get into melted morsels.
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