These are lemony little sandwich cookies that just melt in your mouth. Have a few with a tall glass of iced tea.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
8 mins
additional:
12 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together butter and confectioners' sugar until light. Stir in the lemon peel, flour and salt. Cover bowl, and chill for about 1 hour.

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Flatten teaspoons of dough onto cookie sheets, and bake for 5 to 8 minutes, until light brown. Remove from baking sheets to cool on racks.

  • To make the filling, combine the beaten egg, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and butter in the top of a double boiler. Stir until thick. Sandwich cookies with 1 teaspoon of filling.

Nutrition Facts

147 calories; protein 1.4g 3% DV; carbohydrates 16.2g 5% DV; fat 8.7g 13% DV; cholesterol 30mg 10% DV; sodium 111.2mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2005
After reading reviews that the cookie part was too dry I added a little lemon juice and a heaping tablespoon of plain yogurt to the dough. I also just frosted the cookies with the filling rather than making sandwiches and dusted the tops with powdered surgar. The result was a delicious tender cookie like a bite-sized lemon bar. Yum! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/27/2005
Well I cant say I was very impresssed with these. As was mentioned above cookies were very very dry. They tasted like a bad version of a sugar cookie. The filling didnt work either..was way too thin even after much effort. We substituted the icing in the whoopie pie which we were making at the same time for the above icing and it was so much better. Read More
(5)
113 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 42
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2005
After reading reviews that the cookie part was too dry I added a little lemon juice and a heaping tablespoon of plain yogurt to the dough. I also just frosted the cookies with the filling rather than making sandwiches and dusted the tops with powdered surgar. The result was a delicious tender cookie like a bite-sized lemon bar. Yum! Read More
(50)
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2003
Lemon flavored treats are one of my favorites and these really hit the spot!! The filling was easy to make it just took it a while to thicken up..Have patience it's worth the wait!!! Thanks for a wonderful treat!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2007
These are so good light and lemony. Like the previous reviewer I rolled my dough into logs and then sliced and baked. I didn't have a fresh lemon for zest so I used some pure lemon extract in the dough. The lemon curd filling did take a long time to thicken (15-20 mins. of stirring) but I expected that. My dough wasn't dry at all; I only put 3/4 of the flour in at first and then added more little by little until the dough was a nice consistency. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2005
I made the regular recipe but instead of the filling I made the dough into thumbprints then added seedless raspberry preserves then baked they were great My second variation was to omit the lemon add vanilla and chopped semi sweet chocolate chips they were awesome. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2006
i am sooo glad i found this recipe!These have to be the best lemon cookies i have ever had!The cookie itself is not very sweet with just a hint of lemon and the filling is sweet and lemony so together there perfect!!To make them a little neater looking i rolled the dough into 2 inch thick logs and sliced them about 1/4 inch thick then i lightly poked the tops with a fork giving it a little design.I DID NOT have any problem with the cookie being dry maby because they were sliced thin and i cooked them till just set so there still soft.I allso added about 1 1/2 cups of powderd suger to the filling to thicken it (some water spilled over in my filling making it to loose) All in all this is a wonderful recipe and it will be a regular in my cookie makeing.Thank you for the recipe! Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
09/01/2006
YUM! In response to previous critics that thought the cookies were too dry I added about 1/2 a cup of plain yogurt and a fair amount of lemon juice to the dough. I cut down on the salt and substituted half of the flour with whole wheat flour. In the filling I added a little powdered sugar because I couldn't get it to a perfect thickness. For flavor I added a fair amount of nutmeg and cinnamon. The result was quite tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2006
I loved these! Whispers is a great name as they are so light and just melt in your mouth. Only change I made is I heated the filling in the microwave stirring after every 30 seconds. Turned out yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2006
This was byfar the best tea cookie i have ever tasted. Would you belive i still have some dough left over about a week later and baked it and it turned out just as tasty. Freezez well and it was so lemony and i really liked it dry. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2006
These are pretty good! I added about 1/4 c. light sour cream to the cookie mixture (because of the dryness factor) and they turned out very good! I undercooked them a bit - they're a little doughy inside but still very good. I didn't make sandwiches rather just frosted them with the filling. It's very tasty although I don't know if I like the stickiness of the filling. I think some sort of lemon icing might be better if you just frost them like I did. But all-in-all they are yummy little cookies! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/27/2005
Well I cant say I was very impresssed with these. As was mentioned above cookies were very very dry. They tasted like a bad version of a sugar cookie. The filling didnt work either..was way too thin even after much effort. We substituted the icing in the whoopie pie which we were making at the same time for the above icing and it was so much better. Read More
(5)
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