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!

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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 cookie 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 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.

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Lemon Cookie Recipe

Yield: 3 dozen sandwich cookies

Prep Time:25 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

5 / 5 (5 Reviews)
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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.
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70 comments on “Lemon Cookie Recipe

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  3. Christineposted April 4, 2015 at 7:13 pm Reply

    Sommer, thanks so much for the tip – it worked! I’m trying a sample batch before the big event. The cookies are very tasty and look pretty with the design from my drinking glass.

    Rating: 5
    • Samanthaposted July 26, 2015 at 6:21 pm Reply

      My icing was fine. But all of my cookies flattened out :( I don’t know why! Did you use real lemon curd? Perhaps there was too much of it or not enough powdered sugar :) 

  4. Christineposted April 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm Reply

    These look wonderful and I’ve been so jazzed about making these for a Daughter/Dad tea party our church is doing. I’ve been looking all morning for my cookie press and can’t find it. I must have gotten rid of it! I’m really bummed but still wanting to make those cookies. Do you think they can be rolled out? Maybe add some flour? Help – any suggestions.!

    • Sommerposted April 3, 2015 at 7:21 am Reply

      Hi Christine! Without a cookie press, I would roll them into little balls, then press them down to 1/3 inch with the bottom of a drinking glass. That would help keep the shape consistent. Happy Baking!

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  6. Lauraposted December 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm Reply

    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 :)

    • Sommerposted December 20, 2014 at 10:57 pm Reply

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

      • Lauraposted December 20, 2014 at 11:41 pm

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

  7. Heather - Chickabugposted July 8, 2013 at 10:09 am Reply

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

  8. zerrinposted April 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm Reply

    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.

  9. [email protected] Creekside Cookposted March 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm Reply

    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!

  10. Erin @ Texanerin Bakingposted March 29, 2013 at 11:25 am Reply

    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. :)

  11. Heleneposted March 27, 2013 at 7:42 am Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  12. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted March 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm Reply

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

  13. Marlyposted March 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm Reply

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

  14. Nutmeg Nannyposted March 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm Reply

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

  15. Colette from JFF!posted March 25, 2013 at 10:10 am Reply

    SO cute, love the sparkling sugar.

  16. kitaposted March 25, 2013 at 8:44 am Reply

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

  17. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted March 24, 2013 at 8:27 am Reply

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

  18. Marian (Sweetopia)posted March 24, 2013 at 6:19 am Reply

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

  19. Wendyposted March 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm Reply

    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!

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  21. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungryposted March 22, 2013 at 11:08 pm Reply

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

  22. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted March 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm Reply

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

  23. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookiesposted March 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm Reply

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

  24. Yvonne @ bitter bakerposted March 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm Reply

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

  25. Nisrineposted March 22, 2013 at 6:08 pm Reply

    Getting hungry looking at these beauties. They look amazing.

  26. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted March 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm Reply

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

  27. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted March 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm Reply

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

  28. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted March 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm Reply

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

  29. Gloria @ Simply Gloriaposted March 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm Reply

    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…(=

  30. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted March 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm Reply

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

  31. Anne ~ Uni Homemakerposted March 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm Reply

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

  32. Meghanposted March 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm Reply

    These are beautiful, Sommer! Perfect for Spring!

    Rating: 5
  33. Tanya Schroederposted March 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm Reply

    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. ashleyposted March 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted March 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm Reply

      Ashley, they are from OXO!

  35. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewifeposted March 22, 2013 at 12:52 pm Reply

    So pretty!

  36. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted March 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm Reply

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

  37. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted March 22, 2013 at 11:28 am Reply

    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!

  38. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted March 22, 2013 at 11:24 am Reply

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

  39. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted March 22, 2013 at 10:50 am Reply

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

  40. Julie @ Table for Twoposted March 22, 2013 at 10:40 am Reply

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

  41. Jenny Flakeposted March 22, 2013 at 10:23 am Reply

    These are so beautiful Sommer! Love!!

  42. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted March 22, 2013 at 10:12 am Reply

    Love lemon cookie sandwiches! Beauties.

  43. naomiposted March 22, 2013 at 10:03 am Reply

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

  44. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted March 22, 2013 at 9:37 am Reply

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

  45. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted March 22, 2013 at 9:22 am Reply

    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!

  46. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted March 22, 2013 at 11:21 am Reply

    These are so pretty!!

    Rating: 5
  47. Heather @ Heather's Dishposted March 22, 2013 at 9:02 am Reply

    GASP! They’re so pretty Sommer!!!

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

  48. Monetposted March 22, 2013 at 8:43 am Reply

    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!

  49. marlaposted March 22, 2013 at 8:36 am Reply

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

  50. Cookbook Queenposted March 22, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply

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

  51. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Doughposted March 22, 2013 at 8:15 am Reply

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

  52. Amandaposted March 22, 2013 at 8:00 am Reply

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

  53. Mariaposted March 22, 2013 at 7:57 am Reply

    These are SO cute!!

  54. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted March 22, 2013 at 8:32 am Reply

    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.

  55. Cassieposted March 22, 2013 at 7:28 am Reply

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

  56. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted March 22, 2013 at 7:20 am Reply

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

  57. Jessica @ Portuguese GIrl Cooksposted March 22, 2013 at 7:13 am Reply

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

  58. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted March 22, 2013 at 7:00 am Reply

    I need myself a cookie gun!!

  59. Jeanetteposted March 22, 2013 at 7:00 am Reply

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

  60. Tieghanposted March 22, 2013 at 7:00 am Reply

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

  61. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted March 22, 2013 at 8:30 am Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  62. DessertForTwoposted March 22, 2013 at 6:28 am Reply

    These are so beautiful!

  63. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted March 22, 2013 at 6:00 am Reply

    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

  64. shelly (cookies and cups)posted March 22, 2013 at 5:58 am Reply

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

  65. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted March 22, 2013 at 5:58 am Reply

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