Lemon Cookie Recipe

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

Lemon Cookies Recipe with Lemon Cream Filling | ASpicyPerspective.com #cookies #lemon #cookies #kidfriendly

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.

Lemon Pressed Cookies Recipe with Lemon Cream Filling | ASpicyPerspective.com #cookies #lemon #cookies #kidfriendly

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.

Lemon Cookies with Lemon Cream Filling | ASpicyPerspective.com #cookies #lemon #cookies #kidfriendly

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

Lemon Cookies Recipe with Lemon Cream Filling | ASpicyPerspective.com #cookies #lemon #cookies #kidfriendly #spring

Not only is the shape perfect, this lemon cookie 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.


Yield: 3 dozen sandwich cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Lemon Cookie Recipe


For the Lemon Cookies Dough

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons 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 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon curd


  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.

More Lemon Treats

Lemon Peppercorn Italian Ice

Lemon Drop Thumbprint Cookies

Lemon Layered Mousse Cake

Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars ~ Chocolate Chocolate and More Chocolate

Meyer Lemon Mug Cakes ~ All Day I Dream About Food

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse ~ Miss in the Kitchen

Related Posts

65 Responses to “Lemon Cookie Recipe”

  1. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — March 22, 2013 @ 5:58 am

    Those look so good and that creamy lemon curd filling sounds really good! A perfect spring treat!


  2. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — March 22, 2013 @ 5:58 am

    These are so adorable! I bet they taste even better :)


  3. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — March 22, 2013 @ 6:00 am

    LOVE. IT. “Shooting cookie sheets” in the “cookie factory”! No better way to spend the day baking in the kitchen. Also, Sommer, love the yellow sugar sprinkles that make these Lemon Curd Sandwich Cookies sparkle and shout, “Spring is here!” Just beautiful! xo


  4. #
    DessertForTwo — March 22, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    These are so beautiful!


  5. #
    Tieghan — March 22, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    These are so cute! I have never made cookies with lemon in them, but that is about to change!


  6. #
    Jeanette — March 22, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    These are just so pretty Sommer – I wish I was more of a baker. So bright and pretty for Spring!


  7. #
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 22, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    I need myself a cookie gun!!


  8. #
    Jessica @ Portuguese GIrl Cooks — March 22, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    These cookies look so soft and delicious! Perfect for spring!


  9. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — March 22, 2013 @ 7:20 am

    I have a cookie press, but I still haven’t attempted to use it. I need to do that–these look awesome!


  10. #
    Cassie — March 22, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Lemon desserts are my favorite. These look amazing, Sommer! Very spring-y!


  11. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — March 22, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    What went through my mind? ‘Now why do I do these ONLY for Christmas?’ That needs to change; nothing I love more than a light, lemony cookie.


  12. #
    Maria — March 22, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    These are SO cute!!


  13. #
    Amanda — March 22, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    These little cookies make me happy just to look at them, they’re like little sunshines :)


  14. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — March 22, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    Oh my goodness, these are beautiful! I’m on such a lemon kick lately so these are definitely happening in my life ASAP.


  15. #
    Cookbook Queen — March 22, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous — lemon cookies is one of my all time favoritism!!


  16. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — March 22, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    These are just precious!!! Lemon curd is delish and the shape of these cookies – too cute!!! xoxo


  17. #
    marla — March 22, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    Love that you made these sweet cookies with the press ~ gorgeous for spring!


  18. #
    Monet — March 22, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    What beautiful little spring treats! I can see why kids and adults would love these! Thank you for sharing. Maybe if I have time I can make these for my baby shower! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!


  19. #
    Heather @ Heather's Dish — March 22, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    GASP! They’re so pretty Sommer!!!

    And let’s get real, anything with lemon curd means I’m all over it. YES :)


  20. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — March 22, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    I LOOOOOVE lemony cookies! These are absolutely gorgeous and I bet the chillins had so much fun baking them up with you! I need to get ahold of your mini cookie maker – my sister-in-law would get tons of use out of one of those as she has 4 kids to bake with!


  21. #
    Aimee @ Simple Bites — March 22, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    I want to make these with my boys TODAY! Time to stock up on lemons. =)


  22. #
    naomi — March 22, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    lemon cookie sandwiches-always a winner!!!! these look great.


  23. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 22, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Love lemon cookie sandwiches! Beauties.


  24. #
    Jenny Flake — March 22, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    These are so beautiful Sommer! Love!!


  25. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — March 22, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    how cute are these? these remind me a lot of girl scout cookies for some reason! these are definitely perfect for ringing in spring!


  26. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 22, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    These cookies are so adorable and cheery! Love it! Time to dust off the cookie press :)


  27. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 22, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    These are so pretty!!


  28. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — March 22, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    Can you mail me the leftovers? Pretty please? Now I need to go buy a spritz cookie press. :)


  29. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 22, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    I love lemon cookies. I don’t have a cookie press but I’ve been wanting one. Those cookies are so pretty! Thanks for the link love too, made my day!


  30. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — March 22, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    Love these! I have a cookie press that I’ve never used — think it’s time to dig it out.


  31. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — March 22, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    So pretty!


  32. #
    ashley — March 22, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    Sommer, these are perfect! I need those discs you have for your cookie press. Do you mind if I ask where you got them? what brand? thanks!


    • Sommer — March 22nd, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

      Ashley, they are from OXO!


  33. #
    Tanya Schroeder — March 22, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    I’m so envious of my 9 year old’s metabolism! I wish I could eat all day, cuz, I’d be eating these! The color is exquisite! I have a cookie press, but haven’t even taken it out of the box. Shame on me. Now I have a reason!


  34. #
    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — March 22, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    These are adorable! Love the shape and color. And very spring too. Lovely post.


  35. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 22, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    These are adorable, Sommer! So sunny and cheerful, love ‘em! Thanks for sharing.


  36. #
    Meghan — March 22, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    These are beautiful, Sommer! Perfect for Spring!


  37. #
    Gloria @ Simply Gloria — March 22, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    These have got to be one of the prettiest pressed cookies I’ve ever seen! I gave one of these cookie press gadgets as a prize at my last cookie swap…I should have just kept it for myself! Now I’m on Amazon…(=


  38. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 22, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    These are so adorable! I’ve always wanted to try using a cookie press! :)


  39. #
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — March 22, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    So bright and cheery! And their shape is pure perfection. I’m sure I could eat a dozen or two :)


  40. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — March 22, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

    How cute! I love that you made them a sandwich! They are such happy cookies!! I love it!


  41. #
    Nisrine — March 22, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    Getting hungry looking at these beauties. They look amazing.


  42. #
    Yvonne @ bitter baker — March 22, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    So CUTE!! Lemon is my number one fruit to put in desserts.. These look amazing!!


  43. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — March 22, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    It’s been ages since I used a cookie press! These are so cute!


  44. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — March 22, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

    I need that cute cookie press in my life! Makes baking cookies so much more fun!


  45. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — March 22, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    I know what I am gonna ask for my birthday this year. A cookie press!


  46. #
    Wendy — March 23, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    These look so pretty! Perfect for ushering in spring. I have an “antique” cookie press that belonged to my husbands grandmother. Because of his fond memories of his grandmother and her baking, these kind of cookies are one of his favorites. Thanks for the recipe!


  47. #
    Marian (Sweetopia) — March 24, 2013 @ 6:19 am

    They’re beautiful and look so tempting! I’ve never actually tried a cookie press! Would love to try now. :)


  48. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — March 24, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    Eric adores anything with lemon on it and these are just so freakin’ cute. I bet he’d love them.


  49. #
    kita — March 25, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    My stepmother is a freak for lemon – and lemon curd. I have got to make these for her!


  50. #
    Colette from JFF! — March 25, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    SO cute, love the sparkling sugar.


  51. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — March 25, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

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


  52. #
    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!


  53. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 26, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

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


  54. #
    Helene — March 27, 2013 @ 7:42 am

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


  55. #
    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. :)


  56. #
    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!


  57. #
    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.


  58. #
    nancy — April 21, 2013 @ 7:15 am

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


  59. #
    Heather - Chickabug — July 8, 2013 @ 10:09 am

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


  60. #
    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 :)


    • 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!


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

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


  1. Pingback: What's Been Happenin' In The Cocina ~ 3/23/13! | Juanita's Cocina

  2. Pingback: 20 Fantastic Lemon Recipes - Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Leave a Comment