Lemon Sandwich Cookies

Lets begin with why you should make these lemon sandwich cookies: The cookies themselves are soft and crumbly, the flavor is lemony but not tart, its sweetness is refined not over the top and the filling is a lemon cream cheese frosting that adds a rich creaminess to the ensemble to tie it altogether.

Lemon Sandwich Cookies

This marks the first of a few holiday cookies to come. I realize I’m a little late getting started on this year. If you recall last year I started the season with these Coffee Cake Cookies and then moved on to these Pumpkin Pie Cookies and then on to a few others. This year it seems like being late is the theme for everything.

But things are letting up finally, the book is almost finished. Yay, to that because it has been crazy busy and crazy tough developing and testing recipes, running a blog and working full time. And, oh yeah – the family, so we’ve all been wearing wrinkled clothes and maybe eating cereal for more than just breakfast.

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Lemon Sandwich Cookies

Yield: Makes 20-22 1 1/2 inch cookie sandwiches

Ingredients:

Lemon spritz cookies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1 large egg, plus one egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon oil (or 1 teaspoon of lemon extract)
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

Filling

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon oil (or 1 teaspoon of lemon extract)
  • Confectioner sugar for dusting

Directions:

Preparation

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bake sheet with parchment paper.

To make lemon spritz cookie

  1. Cream butter with granulated and confectioner sugar until light and fluffy. Add in egg and beat until combined. Add in egg yolk and beat until combined. Add in lemon oil (or extract) and lemon zest beat and beat until combined.
  2. Whisk cornstarch and flour together. Add flour mixture into wet mixture and light beat until combined.
  3. Transfer dough to cookie press or a pastry bag fitted with a open star tip. Pipe dough in a circular motion working from the outside towards the center. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes or until bottoms turn golden.

To make filling

  1. Beat cream cheese and butter until combined. Add in remaining ingredients and beat until well combined and smooth.

Assembly

  1. Spread a teaspoon and a half of filling on underside of one lemon spritz cookie and place a second lemon spritz cookie bottom side down on top of filling.

A few notes:

  • The cookies are basically a spritz recipe, so if you have a cookie press you can use that to push your dough through for any decorative finish. If you don't have a cookie press, fit a pastry bag with an open star tip to pipe and shape the cookies like you see in the pictures. Alternately, you can gently roll the dough into 1/2 inch balls.
  • If you can't find lemon oil, lemon extract will work. Keep in mind the extract contains alcohol so it will cause the wet mix to slightly seperate and appear somewhat curdled. Do not over beat hoping it will become homogenized, it actually makes it worse.
  • Your palate your preference, so choose a filling that suits your taste. Any buttercream frosting will work or to stay on the fruity side try using a jam or curd.
  • The lemon sandwich cookies can be made unassembled (without filling) three days advance. Store cookies in an airtight container to keep fresh. Fully assembled cookies can be made one day ahead.
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31 Responses to “Lemon Sandwich Cookies”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 22, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    Naomi they are so delicate and beautiful…perfect with the lemon incorporated in the cookie and the filling. I bet they are just bursting with lemon flavor!

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    ThisBakerGirlBlogs — October 22, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    They look so pretty! I wouldn’t mind one, and by one I mean ten :)

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    Kim — October 22, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Gorgeous looking cookies!Im going to make these with my 4 year old boy tomorrow- we love our lemon cookies!
    Quick question…Have LOTS of lemons on my trees and dont want to buy extract if I dont have too. I do realise that the extract would give the cookie a stronger lemon flavour but could I substitue with fresh lemon juice somehow??

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    • Naomi replied: — October 22nd, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

      Him,

      I would kick up the lemon zest to two tablespoons and add in one tablespoon of lemon juice.

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    puff pastry recipe — October 22, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    These cookies are so MOIST! And the perfect balance of sweetness. So YUMMY, filling is a lemon cream cheese frosting that adds a rich creaminess.

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    julie — October 22, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    Lemon is my all time favorite. I will most definitely be making these. Thanks for sharing!

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    Miriam @ Overtime Cook — October 22, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    Love these cookies! I’m a total sucker for any sandwich cookies- definitely going to have to pull out the cookie press!

    Gorgeous pictures too!

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    Abby@ Totes Delish — October 22, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    So so delicious looking! Anything sandwiched with buttercream is a win in my book!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 22, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    Love love love that you swirled these instead of the typical dollop for sandwich cookies. They’re so pretty!

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    Karly — October 22, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    As always, these are just gorgeous!

    By the way, nothing wrong with eating cold cereal for more than just breakfast. Not that I would ever do that. No. Never. ;)

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — October 22, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    I love these. Lemon is one of my absolute favorite flavors and it’s so underused in the fall/winter months.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — October 22, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    My mouth is watering. These are gorgeous, Naomi!

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — October 22, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    I love how festive this look, I am adding them to my Christmas list of cookies! :)

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — October 22, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    Congratulations on almost being finished with the book! Sounds crazy. And these seem like Christmas cookies to me which means that you are definitely not behind with holiday cookies. ;) They look great!

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    Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats — October 23, 2012 @ 4:20 am

    I love how these cookies are cumbly, buttery and melts in the mouth. Definitely a great festive cookie treat, or any other day would be perfect too. I can’t wait to start on my festive baking which has been put off a lot of times due to crazy work. CONGRATS on almost finishing the book. I sure can’t wait to buy one as soon they ship across the Pacific ;). Cheers!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 23, 2012 @ 4:38 am

    Gorgeous cookies, I love anything lemon!

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    DessertForTwo — October 23, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Stunning! I adore lemon desserts.

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    Villy @ For the love of Feeding — October 23, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    Sandwich cookies are one of my favorite treats. I love those, they look so elegant and delicious! I baked spritz cookies on Sunday and was thinking what I could sandwich in between! Perfect filling.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 23, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    Aww now these are just pretty!

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    MikeVFMK — October 23, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    Love these cookies! And your styling Naomi! I need to make these soon!

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    Trish — October 23, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    Bakersroyale strikes again! Oh my gosh, I’ve got soooooo many recipes in my idea list from your website. Everything looks so so fantastic.
    These are a definite addition.
    Trish

    http://jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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    Shaina — October 24, 2012 @ 4:09 am

    I love these, Naomi. The swirl is just perfection.

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    heidi — October 29, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    Beautiful photos and perfectly iced. Your web site is one of my favs.

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    Ro — March 21, 2013 @ 2:17 am

    these sound absolutely delicious & so delicate! I also make a lemon cookie for the winter holidays (usually lemon bars) but for some reason I’ve always associated lemon desserts with Springtime – so for this coming Easter I think I will try to make these for dessert. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with all of us!

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    Juan — May 27, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    Naomi, I am a new follower of yours and have made two of your recipes so far and both were outstanding hits at work. I made the Dark chocolate cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. The cupcakes were all gone within less than an hour. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Thanks to you, I wont the cupcake contest, both for taste, and presentation! Amazing!

    Today, I had a couple of friends over for a late brunch and I made the Lemon sandwich cookies. WOW WOW WOW…and have to write another WOW. Not only were the cookies beautiful to look at, but delicious!!!! My friends were so impressed, and I’ve you to think once again! Your blog has become my “go to” blog for scrumptious recipes to entertain my colleagues, friends and family! BRAVA…you are my MUSE!!!!!!

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    Betty — February 15, 2014 @ 7:38 am

    Where is the recipe on this page?

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    • Betty replied: — February 15th, 2014 @ 7:39 am

      Just saw it!

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    Carrie — August 30, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    These cookies and the filling are tasty, however the dough was exceptionally hard to pipe onto the cookie sheet. Maybe I should add a touch of milk in the future.

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    • Ellen replied: — December 15th, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

      Agree–hard to pipe, but so pretty. Maybe if I let it get a little warmer? Otherwise, I’m going to have he-man muscles!

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