Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies

If cookies can be cute, then I have found the cutest ones around! Melt in your mouth lemon cookies rolled in bright sanding sugar and sandwiched with a tart lemon filling in between. These cookies are so perfect for the Christmas season, they look like little ornaments. Just in time too because it is beginning to look at lot like Christmas here in central Indiana. Four inches of snow on the ground (and more supposed to get more tomorrow), negative zero wind chills and people that forget how to drive in the snow. Yes, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. You won’t find me complaining quite yet though, I always look forward to a “white Christmas”. However, when January rolls around, I will be wondering why in the world I don’t live somewhere warmer! But for now, I am enjoying the winter wonderland that I see out of my window and these festive little cookies! :)

Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies

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For Cookies:

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Colored sanding sugars

For Filling:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened


  1. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and confectioners’ sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in zest and vanilla. Mix in flour mixture on low speed just until a soft dough forms.
  4. Place sanding sugars for rolling in two shallow bowls. Roll a teaspoon of dough, roll the ball in the sanding sugar, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 1 inches apart. Place baking sheets in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Adjust oven racks to the middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until tops are slightly cracked but still pale (bottoms will be pale golden). Transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.

Make Filling and Sandwich Cookies:

  1. While the cookies are cooling, beat together all filling ingredients in a large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment at medium speed until combined. Transfer to sealable bag and snip off a corner.
  2. Pipe about 1/2 teaspoonful filling on flat side of 1 cookie. Top with second cookie, forming a sandwich. Repeat with remaining filling and cookies. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Source: The Gourmet Cookie Book

8 Responses to “Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies”

  1. #
    The Food Hound — December 15, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    I totally hear you about pre-Christmas snow and cold– LOVE IT! But come January? It can keep snowing, but I’m done with 18-degree temps :) These lemon nibbles look to die for! Lemon is one of my favorite flavors!

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    Nancy & Vijay — December 15, 2010 @ 7:59 am

    So cute! Perfect to cut through all those overly sweet cookies :) Love the snow!

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    happywhennothungry — December 15, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    I love anything with lemon, so these cookies look amazing! Jealous of your snow too b/c DC has yet to get any, just very cold weather!

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    Annie — December 15, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    It’s looking a lot like Christmas here in Pittsburgh too. A few inches of snow on the ground and wind chills in the single digits. I could do without the arctic wind but the snow sure does put me in the spirit. Those cookies are so festive and I love the lemon filling!

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    Tiffany — December 15, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    Ooo, those are the cutest cookies!!!

  6. #
    Kristen — December 16, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    Too cute! And I love lemony things!

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    Lucie — December 18, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this recipe ever since I saw it on Serious Eats–I’ve got to say your version is super cute! Lemon sandwich cookies are my favorite.

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