Lemon Curd Sandwich Cookies

This Lemon Cookies Recipe is a fun and simple baking project for kids. Load that cookie gun and let’em at it!

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When I was a little girl, there were very few things I liked doing more than baking with my mom.

On the weekends, we would crowd in the kitchen to either replicate one of grandma’s precious recipes or dream up something new. I particularly liked baking when “special equipment” was involved.

Things like bundt pans, cookie cutters, or the utmost favorite kitchen tool… the cookie press, made our baking projects even more exciting.

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My mom would load the cookie press with brightly colored dough and let us take turns shooting the cookie sheets. We would change the disks periodically so the cookies came out in all sorts of shapes. Yet the very best part of making pressed cookies is how tiny they are. Little cookies in a child’s mind, means more cookies.

Instead of eating one to two large cookies, we could gobble them by the handful.

Sigh… those were the days.

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So it’s no surprise that my children love to use the cookie press just as much as I did. Their eyes twinkle as they move the guns over the cookie sheets, feeling in control and very professional.

When we made this lemon cookies recipe, Ava told me, “Mom it’s like we have our own little cookie factory. They all come out so perfect!”

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Not only is the shape perfect, this lemon cookies recipe is pretty spot-on as well.

Some pressed cookie doughs tend to get tough, but not this one. They bake up tender with a vibrant lemon flavor, yet are not overpowering. The lemon frosting sandwiched between these cookies is thick and just sweet enough. It is meant to act as a glue more than a filling, but still provides that creamy tang that makes these lemon cookies pop!

Oh, to have the metabolism of a kid again. I would still eat these by the handful.

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Yield: 3 dozen sandwich cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Lemon Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

For the Lemon Cookies Dough

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tb. lemon curd
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 drops yellow food coloring *optional
  • yellow decorating sugar *optional

For the Lemon Frosting

  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tb. lemon curd

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Then beat in the salt, egg, vanilla, lemon curd, lemon zest and food coloring. Scrape the bowl and beat again to combine. Slowly add the flour until just combined.
  2. Scoop the dough into a cookie press. Press the cookies onto ungreased baking sheets (no parchment paper.) Bake for 8-10 minutes. If using decorating sugar, sprinkle it on the cookies immediately as they come out of the oven. Cool for 2-3 minutes on the cookie sheets before moving.
  3. Using a clean bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon curd together for the frosting. Place it in a piping bag (or use a zip bag and snip off the corner.)
  4. Then flip half the cookies over and pipe a dollop of frosting on the bottoms. Top each frosting dollop with a second cookie and press gently. Store the cookies in an airtight container until ready to serve. Makes 60 cookies, 30 sandwich cookies.

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64 Responses to “Lemon Curd Sandwich Cookies”

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 25, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    Aw your daughter is adorable and so are these cookies :) I adore lemon flavored desserts!

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    Marly — March 26, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    Those cookies look like little bites of sunshine…and I’m craving some of that right now. Sunshine…and cookies!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 26, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    I’ve always wanted a cookie press, those are the prettiest cookies!

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    Helene — March 27, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    These are the cutest cooking I have seen in a while!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — March 29, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    Wait, what. Cookie guns are a thing?! I want one! These are so very cute. And I love that you added lemon frosting and didn’t go for vanilla. :)

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    Donalyn@The Creekside Cook — March 30, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    I love my cookie press – no faster way to churn out big batches of cookies when you need them – and I love to make them into sandwich cookies. Now, with a lemon version, it’s almost like my life is complete!

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    zerrin — April 6, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Love their shapes! They look so adorable! Their color makes them even more irresistible! As it’s getting warmer here in Turkey, these refreshing lemon flavored cookies will be great to try! I’ve never heard of cookie press before, I must search if I can find one here.

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    nancy — April 21, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    Is the frosting recipe correct for the lemon curd cookies. My frosting was too thin.

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    Heather - Chickabug — July 8, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    Neat tutorial and wonderful cookies! My favorite part is the shape – so unique! : )

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    Laura — December 20, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    These look delicious – do you think it would be okay to either chill or freeze the dough to use a few days later? As long as the dough gets back to room temperature before putting it into the cookie press? I’m trying to get as many things ready before the holidays as possible :)

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    • Sommer — December 20th, 2014 @ 10:57 pm

      Hi Laura! Yes, as long as the dough is room temp for pressing, freezing should be fine. Happy Baking!

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      • Laura — December 20th, 2014 @ 11:41 pm

        That’s great! Thanks so much, happy holidays!

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