Yugoslavian Christmas Cookies

This is an unusual and incredibly sublime cookie.  I had these for the first time over ten years ago at a neighborhood Christmas cookie swap.  When I took my first bite, I remember, I almost swooned!  I loved that they were so unusual.  The crunchy nut and meringue topping over the berry shortbread crust was divine.  But there was something else…. something I couldn’t put my taste buds on!  I found out later, when my sweet neighbor Linnell gave me the recipe.  It was the clean, crisp addition of lemon extract.  That little addition took these cookies from delicious to, in my ever so almost humble opinion,  sublime.  I hope you give these a try.  They’re great all year round, btw!