Creamy Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Creamy Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies by JavaCupcake,com

It’s Girl Scout cookie season here in Germany – yes, be jealous… we get cookies a month before you do in the USA!  Anyhoo… my hubby has been complaining that the lemon cookies this year (Savannah Smiles) aren’t the traditional lemon cookie sandwiches he used to love as a kid.  So today when I realized I had two lemons in my fridge that I forgot to use last week, I knew today would be the perfect opportunity to whip up some lemon cookies that would satisfy his craving!

Dave wanted a cream filling inside the sandwiches, but I wanted to fill them with a berry preserve and top with a lemon glaze.  I said screw it… I’ll do both.  You can find the recipe for the berry filled cookies here.

PS… These cookies are so easy to make… you have no excuse not to make them… ASAP!


Creamy Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies by JavaCupcake,com

Creamy Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies
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Serves: 12-15 sandwich cookies
Lemon Shortbread
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature and soft
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2½ cups sifted flour - measure after sifting
Lemon Cream Filling
  • 2oz cream cheese, room temperature and soft
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
Lemon Drizzle
  • 1 heaping cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
Lemon Shortbread
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, press the lemon zest into the sugar. Your sugar will become thick and fragrant.
  3. Add the butter to the sugar and cream until fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all the butter is incorporated.
  4. Mix in 1 Tbsp of the fresh squeezed lemon juice.
  5. Add the flour and mix on low until a dough ball forms.
  6. Place dough on a lightly floured counter and knead 2-3 times until smooth.
  7. Roll dough out about ¼-1/2 inch thick.
  8. Using a 2¼in biscuit cutter (I used one from a Martha Stewart set), cut cookies and place onto prepared cookie sheet.
  9. Bake on center rack in your oven for 12-13 minutes or just until the edges begin to brown. Remove immediately to a wire rack to cool completely.
Lemon Cream Filling
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the lemon zest and the cream cheese with a hand mixer.
  2. Add the lemon juice and mix until incorporated.
  3. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until no more lumps appear and the mixture is smooth.
Lemon Drizzle
  1. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and sugar.
  2. With a fork, stir until smooth and no lumps remain.
  1. Spread the lemon cream in a thick layer on the bottom side of one cookie almost to the edges.
  2. Place another cookie on top of the cream filling (bottom side of the cookie face down on the filling) and press gently until the filling reaches the edges.
  3. Drizzle lemon and sugar mixture over the top of each cookie.

9 thoughts on “Creamy Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

  1. Soooo awesome, here in the states they no longer have the lemon sandwich cookies…. They were my dad’s favorite too… I’ll have to make these for him!!!

  2. Its snowing here in CT and I was wondering what I would bake today to help warm up the house. Now I know – thanks so much for a delicious recipe.

  3. These look luscious! Can you suggest a filling that would be similar to this but no cream cheese? I am looking for a frosting/filling that wouldn’t require refrigeration. If not, I will just have to eat these myself 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Hi Wendy – you could just sub butter for the cream cheese. But – I’ve left these cookies out of the fridge since I made them and they’re A-okay! If you’re going to wait a while to eat them, pop them in the fridge or freezer. But they’re best if eaten in the first couple days! ENJOY!

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