Lemon Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

filed under: Sandwich Cookies on October 14, 2013

Lemon Sugar Cookie Sandwiches are sugar cookies with a splash of lemon flavoring and coloring sandwiching a creamy vanilla buttercream in between. If you love sandwich cookies, be sure to try my Chocolate Cookie Dough Sandwich Cookies!

Lemon Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

Did I ever tell you the whole reason that this blog started was because of my love for sugar cookies?  (That is seriously the BEST sugar cookie recipe. Ever.)  Anytime anyone said anything about cookies my mind would wander to the light and sugary deliciousness that is a soft sugar cookie. As I grew and changed and tried new things and lots of new recipes, I have never lost my love for the simple yet perfect creation that is a sugar cookie. To make a sugar cookie sandwich with TWO sugar cookies made total sense to me! Plus, adding a little lemon to the mix added a refreshing touch to the original recipe.Lemon Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

Lemon Sugar Cookie Sandwiches Recipe

There are two main parts to make these lemon sugar cookie sandwiches–the lemon sugar cookies and vanilla buttercream. In addition to trying to make these cookies have a wonderfully citrusy lemon flavor, I added food coloring and tried to shape them into lemons.  Uh, rustic lemons.

Sugar Cookies Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Lemon extract
  • Yellow gel food coloring
  • Zest of one lemon (optional)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Baking powder

Buttercream Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Whole milk
  • Salt

Lemon Sugar Cookie Sandwich Cookies

How to Make Lemon Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

It starts with the perfect lemon sugar cookie for this recipe. To get started, get out your stand mixer. You won’t need to preheat the oven quite yet–the dough will have to chill for about an hour before you bake the cookies.

  1. First, cream together the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes, or until it is well combined.
  2. Next, add in the 2 whole eggs and 2 more egg yolks to the mixture.
  3. Then, add the lemon extract and yellow food coloring. Feel free to use more food coloring than I did–make them as bright as you need them to be! (This is also where you could add the zest of one lemon. I did not add this for my batch.)
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  5. Add about a cup of the flour mixture at a time to the butter mixture. You can combine everything with the stand mixer, or attempt to mix it all by hand. It’s your choice!
  6. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before rolling it out, cutting, and baking.

Then, it’s all about the buttercream filling. It’s actually the buttercream recipe I used for my original Neapolitan Rose Cake! Once everything is made, assemble the Lemon Sugar Cookie Sandwiches and enjoy!

Looking for More Lemon Recipes?

Lemon Ooey Gooey Cake

Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls

Lemon Blueberry Danish

Lemon Sugar Cookie Sandwiches
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Get a burst of lemon and sweet buttercream in every bite with these Lemon Sugar Cookie Sandwiches.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Amazing Sugar Cookies, lemon cookies, Vanilla Buttercream
Servings: 12
Calories: 798 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
  • 1 1/2 cups (339g) butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 2 drops yellow gel food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, optional
  • 4 cups (500g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 32 ounces (about 7 1/2 cups) confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.

  3. Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks and mix until combined.
  4. Add in lemon extract and yellow food coloring; mix until combined. You may add more food coloring to achieve the desired color.
  5. If you want to use fresh lemon zest, add it now. (I did not add any with these cookies.)

  6. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly add the flour mixture (about a cup at a time) to the butter mixture and combine. You can use a mixer or not, it just depends on how strong you are.

  7. Put the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.

  8. When you are ready to bake, heat oven to 350°F. Roll dough out, cut out cookies, and bake for 6-8 minutes. Let the cookies cool before assembling the sandwich cookies.

  1. Beat butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).

  2. Add vanilla extract.

  3. With the mixer on low, slowly add in confectioners sugar, milk, and salt, frequently scraping sides and bottom of the bowl.

  4. Once incorporated, whip frosting for at least 3 minutes on medium-high to high (about 7 minutes).

  5. If frosting is too thick, gradually beat in additional milk.

  1. Allow cookies to cool completely before assembly.

  2. Use a small cookie scoop (or a tablespoon) to place the buttercream on the bottom side of one cookie.

  3. Place a second cookie on top of the frosting, pressing down lightly. Enjoy!


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  • Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker says:

    Ohhh man these are so bright and zesty. Love them.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Rochelle!

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots says:

    Aww, I love that they’re shaped like lemons, too! These are precious Amanda! It was a pleasure bringing desserts to the shower with you! 😀

    • Amanda says:

      Dude. We need to go to an actual real like event together sometime!! #newlifemission

  • Javi Trulove @ T3treats says:

    I trully like the lemon flavours on everything.. not kidding.. chocolate and Lemon are my favorite flavours

    • Amanda says:

      Thats awesome!

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says:

    I just want to throw down my Monday morning list and bake these cookies! So perfect for Liz’s shower!!

    • Amanda says:

      lol I love that!! Your comments always bring a smile to my face… thank you!

  • Rachel Cooks says:

    Love how bright and fun these are! And the lemon shapes are perfect! Love!

  • Liz @ Virtually Homemade says:

    Look at all the beautiful lemon recipes! I love the Lemon Bowl – what a sweet gesture from all of the bloggers.

    • Amanda says:

      Isnt she great? And such a great first name right?!?? 🙂

  • Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker says:

    These look delicious! I especially love the bright yellow color.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Rebecca!

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

    These are so cute! I love their bright color and lemon shape. I think it’s wonderful that you and all of those other bloggers are doing this virtual baby shower. How fun. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Beth! You are the sweetest!!!

  • Sandy Coughlin says:

    Sugar cookie sandwich. Genius. Love these!

    • Amanda says:

      You are far to kind. But yes, it was genius wasnt it. (kidding!!!)

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    These cookies are perfect for Liz’s party. Even better that you shaped them into little lemons.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Meagan!

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says:

    I so wish I had these in front of me right now!!! Thank you so much for your sweet words and bringing these amazing cookies to my shower!!! xoxoxo

    • Amanda says:

      YAY LIZ!!! Love being a part of this and celebrating you!!

  • The Healthy Apple says:

    These are the most adorable cookies ever. Love this idea!!!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you! So kind of you!

  • Alyssa (Everyday Maven) says:

    Love these and how cute shaped like lemons!

    • Amanda says:

      lol Thanks! Fun to be a part of this with you!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Amanda, these are beautiful! Such a lovely treat to help celebrate Liz’s baby shower!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks! I sure hope she had a fabulous time at her shower! 🙂

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    goodness gracious… my heart stopped for a second when I saw these cookie sandwiches. I want them all!

    • Amanda says:

      You are so sweet. Thanks girl!

  • Heather @ SugarDish(Me) says:

    These are GORGEOUS rustic lemons!! I love a good sugar cookie! I am doing all the food for a friend’s baby shower next month and I am TOTALLY making these cookies! Yay for Liz at the Lemon Bowl and Yay for all the happy bloggy friends that did this. You guys are awesome!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    I love a good sugar cookie, too! Your adorable lemon-shaped cookies look AMAZING!!

  • Faith (An Edible Mosaic) says:

    Mmm, there is nothing quite like an amazing sugar cookie! I love these lemon-flavored beauties – perfect for a baby shower!

  • Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke says:

    Lemon Sugar Cookies??? Yes, Please!

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    You started your blog because of your love of sugar cookies?! I love that. 🙂

    And these look amazing! Such a bright and cheery color. And I’m sure they taste cheer-y, too!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Erin! Love seeing your smiling face! 🙂

  • Nikki @Seeded at the Table says:

    Whoa! I could probably eat 5 or 6 of these right now! 🙂 Lemon sugar cookies sandwiches?? Okay, maybe more like 7 or 8! 😉

    Such a fun shower with a great group, honoring a WONDERFUL gal!

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    I know these are SO good…and they look SO sweet!

  • Sue {munchkin munchies} says:

    Amanda! What a wonderful surprise:) Thanks so much for the shout out and linky-love! Your cookies are pure sunshine and they make me happy…perfect for a baby shower! XO!

  • Deborah says:

    Ooh, I love these! I love the bright yellow, and you can never go wrong with sugar cookies!

  • TidyMom says:

    lemon sugar cookies? oh my that sounds like heaven!!

    What a fun surprise for Liz!!!