Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Tender lemon shortbread cookie planks filled with a zippy lemon buttercream and a flash of frosting make the best  sandwich cookies ever.

Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

By Sue Lau  | Palatable Pastime

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Christmas Cookies Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Welcome back to Christmas Cookies Week after my short sabbatical and stint with another blogging group yesterday (Foodie Extravaganza) to share my Raspberry  Pistachio Palmiers with  you.

Recipe of the Day

Today my recipe is for Lemon Shortbread Sandwich cookies, which are probably my favorite of the cookies this week, if only  for the fact that I am crazy  in love with lemon.

As shortbread cookies go, they  are very  simple to make and include no egg. The dough is delicate and needs to chill   and I like  doing that between sheets of parchment which doesn’t stick and eliminates the need for dusting flour. After I  roll  out the dough I peel  back the top sheet and check the depth, then cut the dough  into  planks, removing excess dough. Cover it back up and into  the fridge for  half and hour while the oven heats.

The flavor is super lemony from using the lemon  oil and will get an additional boost from the lemon buttercream icing. From there it needs just a bit of drizzle frosting to make it pretty.

You’ll notice I use those bottled icings often, because I use only a little but and I can cap it back up and use it again some other time. I  find them convenient. Perhaps you do as well!

Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies


Here’s a nice list of cookie recipes for you to browse and make your selections for this year’s baking season. Be sure to remember to pin your favorites and of course, there will be even more recipes listed each day!

Thursday Recipes

Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

  • Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies Recipe

    Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

    • Servings: 30
    • Difficulty: easy
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    Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

    -Add one hour  inactive drying time  for the icing to set up and harden
    -Yield 2-1/2 dozen sandwich cookies

    Cookie Ingredients:

    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon lemon oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups all-purpose  flour

    Lemon Buttercream Filling:

    • 2 cups confectioner’s  sugar,  sifted to remove lumps
    • 4 tablespoons butter,  at room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon lemon oil
    • 1 tablespoon fresh  lemon juice


    • 1 bottle white Wilton Cookie Decorating Icing
    • 1 bottle yellow  Wilton Cookie Decorating Icing
    • 2 tablespoons Betty Crocker  Cupcake Gems small white sugar pearls


    1. Cream butter with  sugar in an electric mixer until smooth; add the salt, vanilla and lemon oil.
    2. Gradually add  the flour to make  a smooth dough.
    3. Remove the dough from the mixer and place on parchment paper (easier with grid markings on the paper) on top of a baking sheet,  top  with another sheet of parchment and roll to 3/8″ thickness. Using the parchment eliminates the need to add extra flour to the dough board.
    4. Trim the dough and cut into pieces 1 inch wide by 2 inches long, but do not separate them. You’ll do this in 2 batches.
    5. Preheat the oven to 375°F and chill the cut dough  on the parchment lined pan for 30 minutes.
    6. At that point the oven is preheated and the dough is stiff enough  to separate into bars and place on a baking sheet.
    7. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until just starting to brown around the edges.
    8. Slide the parchment sheet off the baking  pan onto a wire rack and let them finish cooling there.
    9. Repeat with the other pan, which you should start chilling while the first pan bakes to save time.
    10. When all the cookies are cool, mix the frosting together until smooth, and frost the bottom sides of half the cookies.
    11. Place the two  bottom  sides together, one frosted, one not frosted, to form a sandwich.
    12. Place those butted against each  other on a sheet pan and drizzle the prepped icings over them and sprinkle with a few sugar pearls.
    13. Allow icing to  set up and harden for about an hour.

    From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

    Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

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