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Lemon Sandwich Cookies

These Lemon Sandwich Cookies are a lemon lovers dream! Soft and chewy lemon sugar cookies are sandwiched around a zingy lemon cream cheese frosting for the ultimate spring cookie!

Lemon Sandwich Cookies are filled with a fresh and zingy lemon cream cheese filling that's perfect for spring!

Every winter, I almost forget we have neighbors. Despite the fact that our homes are literally feet away from each other, we scarcely see our neighbors from December to February. Like bears, we all seem to hibernate for the winter, only coming outside for absolute necessities. In the dreariest months, a neighbor sighting is rare and only results in a quick wave before we each retreat to the warmth and coziness of our homes.

But, oh, how delightful it is on those first sunny days. Suddenly the sidewalks come alive. Mommas push their babes in strollers and dogs pull their owners along, determined to sniff every fresh blade of grass along the way. Everyone seems cheerier. We stand at fences and chat, wave across the street, and park ourselves on the front porch. The smell of grilled meats fills the air at dinner time, and the sound of mowers roaring to life joins the chorus of birds in the morning.

Lemon Sandwich Cookies are a bright and tasty way to welcome spring.

It’s the time of year when you’re likely to find me on your doorstep with a plate of cookies, the results of my latest baking adventure. It’s also the time of year when I’m likely to develop an insatiable craving for all things lemon, which means chances are really good the contents of that plate look something like these Lemon Cream Sandwich Cookies.

Though I have no authority to do so, I would like to declare Lemon Sandwich Cookies the official cookie of spring. Sure, I might get some push back, a few angry dissenters, but then I’ll show up at their door with a plate of cookies and win them over. These cookies are just so happy, I don’t know how anyone could resist their charm. The cookies themselves are a simple sugar cookie that’s triple infused with lemon from juice, zest, and extract. They’re chewy and zesty and sweet and, thanks to a little sprinkle of coarse sugar, even sparkly.

The cookies are extremely munchable all on their own, but they really shine when sandwiched around a dreamy lemon cream cheese filling. While these may look fancy, they’re actually quite easy to make, so they work equally well on an Easter table or at an informal neighborhood potluck. They are good immediately after making them, but they get even better after a few hours in the fridge. The cookies and cream meld together and become something greater than the sum of their parts. I actually love eating these straight from the fridge, but they’re also perfect for taking to a party (or a neighbor’s house), and will hold up well if left out of the fridge for a few hours.

Of course, good cookies need good neighbors to give them to. I recently had the pleasure of visiting and baking in a model home in a new M/I community in Westerville. Truth be told, I’ve always been a little wary of new homes. I had never really spent time in a newly developed community, and I imagined it would feel sterile, cold, and uninviting. The truth turned out to be quite the opposite. The home we visited was vibrant and welcoming. Rather than feeling like it was engineered by robots, it felt like it was thoughtfully planned, down to the last detail, to make you feel at home. It goes without saying that the kitchen was beautiful. Honestly, I hardly knew what to do with all the counter top space. The island was so expansive, I could make my entire recipe right there and leave the rest of the kitchen completely undisturbed. It was dreamy. But the thoughtfulness didn’t stop there. It was the perfectly sized mud room nook (complete with hooks and cubbies) and upstairs laundry room that made my inner mom squeal with delight.

Lemon Sandwich Cookies filled with a zesty cream cheese frosting are perfect for spring. Lemon lovers will LOVE these!

Of course, home for me has always been about more than just some shwanky countertops and a stunning fireplace. Home is family pictures hung on the mantle, a well-loved sidewalk worn out by strollers and dogs. It’s standing in the driveway chatting with your neighbors, and gathering at the fire pit with friends and family. What impressed me most about my time with M/I wasn’t the home itself (though it was stunning), but more about their commitment to building neighborhoods, not just homes. Most of their communities have almost 50% green space, many with walking trails, ponds, and wooded areas. They work closely with the surrounding neighbors to make sure their homes will integrate well into existing communities. They treat their neighbors well, and that’s pretty much what I’m all about here.

After all, what would a home be without neighbors? And what says welcome home better than bright and happy lemon cookies dropped off at your doorstep? If you’re in the Columbus area and interested in learning more about the new communities M/I is building in Westerville, be sure to visit their website, or even better, hop in the car and visit a model home! It’s really the best way to get a feel for what they’re building, not just in brick and mortar, but in making a house a home.

Lemon Sandwich Cookies are a lemon lovers dream! Soft and chewy lemon sugar cookies are sandwiched around a zingy lemon cream cheese filling for the ultimate spring cookie!

If you’re looking for some other treats perfect for welcoming new neighbors, check out my Giant Bakery Style Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies, or Brownie Cookies.

Lemon Cream Sandwich Cookies

Cook Time 8 minsPrep Time
Preparation 40 minsCook Time
Total Time 48 mins Total Time
Serves 20     adjust servings

Ingredients

    For the cookies

    • 10 Tablespoons butter
    • 3/4 cup white sugar
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
    • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • Sanding sugar

    For the filling

    • 1 8 ounce bar cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 4 Tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter, at room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • 2-3 teaspoons lemon juice

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
    2. In the bowl of a stand mixture, cream the butter. Add the sugars and eggs and continue to beat until smooth. Beat in the lemon juice, vanilla, extract, and lemon zest.
    3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and beat on low speed until well combined, scraping the bowl as needed.
    4. Place heaping teaspoons of dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and flatten a bit with the palm of your hand. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until cookies are set on the edges and no longer jiggly in the center. Allow to cool on the pan for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

    To make the frosting:

    1. Combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium high speed until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, beating on low speed and increasing the speed slowly as the sugar is incorporated. Add the lemon zest and juice, to taste. I like a lot of lemon flavor, so I always use the full 3 teaspoons.
    2. Pipe or spread the cream cheese frosting on a lemon cookie and sandwich with a second cookie. Store the finished cookies in the fridge. I love the taste of these cold directly out of the fridge, but they can set out at room temperature for several hours and be fine.

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    Recipe Notes

    You will likely have leftover lemon cream cheese filling. It makes an awesome dip for fresh strawberries or use it to make little fruit pizzas.
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 204kcal Calories from fat 93
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 10g15%
    Saturated Fat 6g30%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 36mg12%
    Sodium 102mg4%
    Carbohydrate 27g9%
    Dietary Fiber 0g0%
    Sugars 19g
    Protein 2g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories2000
    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

    Thanks for cooking along with me today!


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    Lemon Sandwich Cookies filled with a dreamy lemon cream filling are the perfect spring dessert!
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    • Sues April 12, 2017, 8:14 AM

      Man, I wish you were my neighbor!! I love the idea of these lemon sandwich cookies πŸ™‚ And that kitchen looks absolutely gorgeous!

      • Courtney April 12, 2017, 10:25 AM

        It was definitely a treat to bake in! It would be so fun to be neighbors! We could swap all our extra baked goods. πŸ™‚

    • Carolyn April 13, 2017, 9:28 AM

      These are so gorgeous and now I want to make a low carb version!

      • Courtney April 22, 2017, 3:20 PM

        You should! That would be awesome!

    • Bethany April 13, 2017, 1:37 PM

      These cookies are so pretty, and they look delicious! Perfect for spring!

    • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy April 13, 2017, 2:57 PM

      That filling looks INSANELY delish. Love these cookies πŸ™‚

      • Courtney April 22, 2017, 3:20 PM

        I could eat the filling with a spoon! It’s dangerous!

    • Gina @Running to the Kitchen April 15, 2017, 11:10 PM

      These little cuties are soooo perfect for springtime!

    • Erin@WellPlated April 16, 2017, 9:28 AM

      YES! I love when the weather warms up and neighbors come back outside. I’d gladly come visit your kitchen to say hi…and to see if you have any of these cookies available πŸ™‚

      • Courtney April 22, 2017, 3:19 PM

        You are welcome anytime!

    • Erin @ Texanerin Baking April 17, 2017, 1:38 AM

      I think these would be a great official cookie for spring! They look perfect.

    • Ali April 24, 2017, 2:13 PM

      I made these for a friend’s birthday and they were delicious. Could not get enough compliments. Chilling them in the fridge first is definitely the way to go.

      • Courtney April 24, 2017, 8:47 PM

        That makes me so happy! Thank you so much for coming back to let me know!

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