Lemon-Cream Sandwich Cookies Recipe

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A light lemon filling sandwiched between flaky butter cookies makes these a perfect accompaniment to hot tea or coffee.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 142 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 77 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Beat in extract. Combine flour and cornstarch; beat into creamed mixture. Divide into two balls; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into 2-in. rounds. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For filling, in a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Beat in lemon juice and peel. Spread over the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe does not use eggs.
Originally published as Lemon-Cream Sandwich Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p94

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed May. 21, 2015

"I have made these cookies many times over the years and they are delicious! When the ingredients are measured correctly, the dough is supple and very easy to work with, not crumbly at all. It is a great cookie for folks with egg and nut sensitivities."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"Although the cookies did taste good, the dough was an absolute nightmare to work with. It was so crumbly, due to the lack of eggs or milk or water or anything to provide some moisture. I'm at a loss to know how anyone could roll out this dough. The cookies did taste good but they weren't worth the effort."

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2012

"This is the most amazing cookie I've ever tasted. It taste like a slice of lemon pie. Everytime I've made these people rave."

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