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Tea-Time Lemon Sandwich Cookies

Tea-Time Lemon Sandwich Cookies
  • Prep 1 hr 25 min
  • Total 2 hr 25 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 48
Enjoy these lemon flavored sandwich cookies – a perfect tea-time dessert.
Updated August 27, 2010

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 cups all purpose or unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Filling

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 drops yellow food color, if desired

Steps

  • 1
    In large bowl, combine 1 cup butter, ice cream and 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon peel; blend well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour; mix well. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 375°F. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with floured 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. Coat both sides of cut-out cookies with sugar; place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. With fork, prick each cookie 2 to 4 times.
  • 3
    Bake at 375°F. for 7 to 8 minutes or until slightly puffed but not brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Cool 10 minutes or until completely cooled.
  • 4
    In small bowl, combine powdered sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1 teaspoon lemon peel and enough lemon juice for desired spreading consistency; beat at medium speed until smooth. Add food color; mix until well blended. Spread scant 1/2 teaspoon filling between 2 cooled cookies.

  • Purchased lemon curd can be substituted for the homemade lemon filling. Lemon curd is a creamy mixture of lemon juice, sugar, butter and egg yolks, cooked until thick. When the curd cools, it's thick enough to use as a spread for baked goods.
  • Use a spatula or pancake turner to turn the cutout cookies in sugar to coat them, and to transfer them to the cookie sheets.
  • Both the cookies and the filling can be made ahead and stored separately for several days. For the best texture, assemble the cookies just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
80
Calories from Fat
45
Total Fat
5g
8%
Saturated Fat
3g
15%
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
50mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
7g
2%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
3g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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