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Lemon Sugar Sandwich Cookies

Updated on October 10, 2017
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Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over twenty years, and has cooked on multiple television stations, including Food Network.

Lemon Sandwich Sugar Cookies

Packed with bright, popping, lemon flavor, these lemon sandwich sugar cookies are sure to be a family favorite!
Packed with bright, popping, lemon flavor, these lemon sandwich sugar cookies are sure to be a family favorite!

These Are a Sure-Fire Hit at My House--and Everywhere Else

We adore lemon desserts at our house, and I came up with these beautiful sandwich cookies a few weeks ago to gratify my daughter's love of lemony goodness. I quickly discovered I had a hit on my hands, and the batch disappeared in a blink.

These cookies spread nicely, giving the perfect size for a crispy sandwich cookie. Watch them right out of the oven - they're delicate at first, so use care transferring them to the baking rack to cool.

If you'd like smaller cookies, simply use a smaller disher, or drop the cookies from a regular teaspoon.

These are perfect for summertime and are a winner at bake sales. These treats are nice and showy, so whip these up next time you have a sale. One of the best things about these is that they are very fast to make. They take less than half an hour from start to finish, which is a winner in my book!

Lemon Sandwich Sugar Cookies - Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Recipe lemon buttercream frosting
  • Optional - a couple of tablespoons of sugar for dusting the finished cookies

Lemon Sandwich Sugar Cookies - Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F°.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy - about 5 minutes.
  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you work.
  4. Stir in vanilla extract, lemon juice and lemon zest. Set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Using a disher or small scoop, drop cookie dough onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for just at 10-12 minutes, or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  7. You can dust the warm cookies with sugar if you'd like. Or, once cool, spread lemon buttercream frosting on half the cookies, and top with the other half.

The Creaming Method

Start by creaming together the butter and sugar. This is the creaming method, and is the technique that starts off many baking recipes - including many cakes and cookies. Use room temperature butter, and get it nice and fluffy.
Start by creaming together the butter and sugar. This is the creaming method, and is the technique that starts off many baking recipes - including many cakes and cookies. Use room temperature butter, and get it nice and fluffy.

Stir Together Dry Ingredients

Stirring together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl helps make sure there's an even distribution of them in the finished cookie dough, without overworking the gluten, which could make the cookies tough.
Stirring together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl helps make sure there's an even distribution of them in the finished cookie dough, without overworking the gluten, which could make the cookies tough.

The Key to Lemon Zest

Zesting a lemon correctly is super easy, but there's one main trick to get right. When zesting, make sure you get only the very outer layer of the fruit - just the yellow zest. Immediately underneath is the white pith, which is very bitter. If you go too far this white pith will make your finished zest bitter, and that will transfer to your cookies. So go lightly!

Fresh Lemon Zest

Fresh lemon zest is the key to the great flavor in these cookies. I use two full tablespoons - which is roughly what you'll usually get from two large lemons.
Fresh lemon zest is the key to the great flavor in these cookies. I use two full tablespoons - which is roughly what you'll usually get from two large lemons.

Check Out the Quick Tutorial!

How to Make the Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract!

Quick and Easy Lemon Zest

Lemon Sandwich Sugar Cookies

Your family will adore these gorgeous lemony sandwich cookies.
Your family will adore these gorgeous lemony sandwich cookies.

© 2017 Jan Charles

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      Donna Herron 2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Jan - These cookies look beautiful and sound delicious. Pinning to my recipe board! One question - are these cookies soft to bite into, or are they more crunchy when cooled? Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 weeks ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Looks good enough to eat, Jan. This one is going to be pinned and I will be making them. Thanks for sharing.

      Blessings to you.