Thursday, June 13, 2013

Lemon Shortbread Parfaits

Single-serving parfaits made with lemon, shortbread, and toasted coconut are simple and delicious....
and sure to impress!


In case you haven't figured it out by now, I seem to have an obsession with lemon. I suppose the name Lemon Tree Dwelling is a bit of a giveaway....but I must admit, when I chose the name even I didn't realize the extent of my love for lemon. I guess you're never too old to learn new things about yourself, right?




I especially love lemon in the summertime. There's something so refreshing about it, and its bright yellow color reminds me of sunshine. Yep, I'm obsessed! So you can imagine my excitement at having recently discovered lemon curd - a thick, creamy, lemony spread that tastes just like lemon bar filling....and can be used in so many ways! I may or may not have been known to eat it straight from the jar.......


.......but I've also been busy finding all sorts of fun ways to use it! Remember my Lemon Bar Muddy Buddies? Lemon curd! Or my Lemon Raspberry Phyllo Tarts? Also lemon curd! And those are just the recipes I've shared with you (there are plenty more where they came from)! One of the quickest, easiest ways I've discovered to use lemon curd is to spoon it on top of a shortbread cookie and sprinkle powdered sugar on top....it tastes just like a lemon bar, without all the work!


But if you really want to impress, there's only one way to go. These cute little Lemon Shortbread Parfaits are incredibly quick and easy....but so elegant that no one would guess they hardly took any work at all! You want to know the secret? Yep, you guessed it. Lemon curd!! My new lemon obsession....and soon to be yours, too!

Lemon Shortbread Parfaits
1 shortbread cookie, split in half
2 Tbsp. lemon curd
1 tsp. toasted coconut, plus a little more for topping
whipped cream
lime zest

In a small parfait dish, layer: 
  • 1/2 shortbread cookie, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon curd
  • 1/2 tsp. toasted coconut
  • 1/2 shortbread cookie, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon curd
  • 1/2 tsp. toasted coconut
  • whipped cream
  • top with toasted coconut and lime zest
Toasted Coconut 
Spread 1 c. coconut in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees 6-8 minutes, shaking pan periodically to toast all sides.



Enjoy!


Be sure to check out a few of my other favorite summer desserts!





Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling...
I hope you feel right at home!
-Cathy


25 comments :

  1. What a wonderful treat and recipe, they look awesome! Feel free to stop by my link party and share this beauty :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  2. Yummy, looks delicious! I love yellow - and lemon too! Makes me happy. And those Muddy Buddies? Genius my friend, pure genius!

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  3. Love this dessert. Looks impressive, but is easy! I have all these ingredients on hand. Might be dessert tonight.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

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  4. These look lemony-licious. I think I'm gaining weight just looking at the yummy desserts you create. ☺

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  5. I am also addicted to lemon, so all your lemon treats are like food p**n for me. :)

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  6. This is a great idea! Would love for you to share this on our Kitchen Fun & Crafty link party!:) http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2013/06/kitchen-fun-crafty-friday-link-party-70.html

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  7. I love lemon too! Lemon curd is addicting and these parfaits look awesome!

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  8. I love lemon desserts! =)
    All of your Summer treats sound amazing!

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  9. Hi

    stopping by from the Sweet & Savoury Sunday :)

    these look great! I've definitely got to try these!

    (I've also eaten lemon curd straight from the jar too! you're not alone!!!)

    Shel @ Sweet Petite


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  10. Gorgeous photos and yummy recipe! I love it!

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  11. These are delightful, Cathy! I love any type of lemon treat and I like how easy these are to make! Pinned and shared on Facebook!

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  12. These look so tasty. I love that they're quick too! It seems like every get together we have requires part of the meal to be quick these days......

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  13. this looks amazing, I too am a lemon lover..in fact I used to be one (maiden name lol) pinning

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  14. These look awesome. I should make them for my dad. He loves lemon-y desserts! I featured this idea in my 10 Fabulous Summer DIYs list today on my blog! http://www.missloviecreations.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-favorite-things-thursday-10-fabulous.html You can come check it out and grab a button if you want!

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  15. This sounds so delightful! Thanks for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends!

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  16. These are so, so darling! And they sound delicious too. I just bought myself a single serve dessert kit for my birthday. I can't wait to try your recipe out in them. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  17. Would love for you to share this at my linkup http://myfashionforwardblog.com/all-things-pretty-13/

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  18. Yummy looking recipe! I just pined it and I'll try it for sure!

    Thank you for sharing!

    I found you through the Fun in Functional party =)

    Have a great week!

    -Sofia @ http://www.SomethingOnEverything.com

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  19. I for one love your lemon obsession Cathy :) What gorgeous parfaits and I just love all of the flavors you have in there! Pinned and shared on Facebook :)

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  20. I pinned this. I just could not pass a lemon without checking it out.

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  21. These look fabulous!!! In case you didn't see it earlier, I featured this on my blog today! I'm stopping by to pin, and to let you know! http://practicallyfunctional.net/2013/06/7-creative-ideas-4/

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  22. Delicious and yummy looking! Mmm makes me want to have

    one.. When you get the chance, please share your recipes at

    Pin It Monday Hop. We'd be so happy to have you. LINK here. See you at the hop.

    Judy
    Pursuit Of Functional Home.

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  23. Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! Thank you for sharing on Blog Stalking Thursday! I have featured your project on Blog Stalking Thursday Features YOU! The post is going live later tonight. I would love for you to stop by and grab a feature button. Thanks again for sharing!

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  24. This post (and a few of your others) is being featured on my Lemon Love 50 recipe round up. Thanks for previously linking it to my Tasty Thursdays party. Enjoy, Cathy!! Nichi
    http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/07/fantastic-fruit-series-week-1-lemon-love.html

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  25. omg, I have some lemon curd, I HAVE to try this! Delish!

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