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Lemon Sandwich Cookies

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These lemon sandwich cookies are sophisticated, delicious, and very easy to make.

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  • Yield: Makes 3 dozen

Source: Everyday Food, May 2007

Ingredients

  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for sprinkling
  • Creamy Lemon Filling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, lemon zest, and salt until combined. With mixer on low, add flour (dough will still be stiff); finish mixing with a wooden spoon.

  2. Turn dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap, pat into a disk about 1/2 inch thick. Wrap, and chill until firm, about 1 hour (and up to 3 days).

  3. Unwrap dough; place on a lightly floured piece of parchment or waxed paper. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough about 1/8 inch thick (if dough cracks, let it warm up slightly).

  4. Cut out cookies with a 1 1/2-inch round cutter (reroll scraps once, chilling of too soft). Place 1 inch apart on two baking sheets; sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake until barely beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

  5. Form sandwiches: Place about 1 teaspoon Creamy Lemon Filling between two cookies, sugared sides facing out; squeeze gently.

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  • MS12539253
    16 MAR, 2014
    These cookies have a wonderful lemony flavor including the lemon filling. These are basically a shortbread cookie. I almost didn't make them because of the reviews. Dough will be stiff, but flour your hands and work it until it is combined well. Dough will look smooth & no longer crumbly. Then wrap in plastic & refrigerate. I did add 1/2 tsp vanilla to the dough & a little to the filling. I rolled the dough between 1/4 & 1/8 in. Do watch baking time. Bake 8-10 min. I will make again.
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  • Allison Seitz Kirk
    31 DEC, 2012
    Here's my fix for this bunk recipe.... Add one egg to butter and sugar mixture. Add one teaspoon when you mix in flour Add one teaspoon of 1/2 & 1/2 if too dry Roll into an 18 inch plastic log and chill for 4 hours Cut 1/2 inch slices and bake for 10 or so minutes at 350. Allow to cool and frost. Return covered cookies to fridge to cool. That...is a lemon sandwich cookie!!
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  • Allison Seitz Kirk
    31 DEC, 2012
    Here's my fix for this bunk recipe.... Add one egg to butter and sugar mixture. Add one teaspoon when you mix in flour Add one teaspoon of 1/2 & 1/2 if too dry Roll into an 18 inch plastic log and chill for 4 hours Cut 1/2 inch slices and bake for 10 or so minutes at 350. Allow to cool and frost. Return covered cookies to fridge to cool. That...is a lemon sandwich cookie!!
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  • lemonlivid
    25 MAY, 2012
    This is the second time I have made this recipe. I would definitely endorse the suggestion from others to form and slice a log. This dough is very hard to work with. It's either too cold and crumbly, or too soft, and sticky.(and I am a fairly skilled baker for an amateur.) DO NOT COOK FOR 15-20 minutes!!! Unless you like burnt cookies. Ovens certainly vary, but no more than 8 mins in a consumer grade oven. Use 4oz of cream cheese & you will have plenty of filling for 3 dozen sandwiches.
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  • debra3912
    11 APR, 2012
    I, as well had a big problem with this cookie recipe. I followed the dirrections at every step and the dough rolled out with perfect texture; however, when I baked the cookies it melted into one hugh flat blob. This was a time consuming recipe and I have still the filling left over that I need to find a use for. Yet first, I may try to fix the cookie dough with perhapes adding more flour after I bring it back to room temperature or maybe adding baking powder. It needs something for firmness,
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  • bakerfam13
    6 APR, 2012
    So disappointed. I have never been so unsuccessful after following a recipe AND a video. Followed to a T and the dough did not come together at all. What a let down. Are there specific brands of the ingredients required?
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  • Diana6
    28 MAR, 2009
    I just baked it. It was really nice and delicious! I like it very much~
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  • sueholly
    25 MAR, 2009
    Very easy cookie. Very rich buttery flavor. I don't like to roll out cookies so I formed the dough into a long roll and chilled it. Then when it was time to bake them I just sliced and baked them. I did wait about 5 minutes before slicing them to prevent them from crumbling. There was exactly enough filling. No additions.
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  • tourtes
    25 MAR, 2009
    I dont know how I messed these up, but the dough crumbled!!!! I followed the recipe to a T!!! What a waste! I will try again. (I had rolled it into a log....still crumbly). Sniff Sniff!
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  • MANANA
    24 MAR, 2009
    Delicious!!!! It was a succes with my family and friends!
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