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Paleo Lemon Sandwich Cookies

By April 4, 2023December 7th, 2023Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian

Enjoy the bright, fresh springtime with these sweet lemon sandwich cookies. The soft sugar cookies are held together with a creamy lemon filling in the middle. Everyone will love these dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free treats!

Paleo Lemon Sandwich Cookies piled onto a plate

Sandwich cookies are my FAVORITE kind of cookies. Have you tried my Almond Chocolate Sandwich Cookies and Paleo Ginger Sandwich Cookies? Regular cookies contain only one cookie but sandwich cookies contain two and a creamy filling. They are just sooo…. good.

These Lemon Sandwich Cookies are fairly easy to make and produce consistent results. Lemon is perfect for spring as the bright flowers start popping up around us.

Paleo Lemon Sandwich Cookies close up with a bite taken from the cookie

Ingredients For Paleo Lemon Sandwich Cookies

These tender buttery cookies with the creamy lemon filling in the middle are divine and made with all healthy ingredients. They’re gluten free, refined sugar free and can be made dairy free. I have made them with ghee (not technically dairy free but a super healthy fat) and palm shortening (totally dairy free), both come out great. You can also choose vegan butter or traditional butter.

Here is a list of what you need to make them with a few different options to suit your own taste and diet.

For the Cookies

For the Lemon Cream Filling

Paleo Lemon Sandwich Cookies overhead shot with plate of cookies and a few on the side

How to Make Paleo Lemon Sandwich Cookies

One of the keys to making these cookies is to beat the ingredients together very well. I have noted the time required in the recipe.

  1. In a medium bowl mix together the almond flour, tapioca, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, cream together the ghee (or butter or shortening) with the coconut sugar and vanilla extract.  Beat for 1 minute, it will still be a little granular, that’s okay.
  3. Add lemon juice and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the lemon zest and egg. Beat until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute.  
  5. Add in the flour mixture and beat until a thick, sticky cookie dough forms.  Cover the dough with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 1 1/2 hours, or up to 12.  
  6. Once the dough is chilled, preheat your oven to 350° F and line 2 baking sheets.  Roll the dough into 20 gram balls, or about 2 teaspoons (I like to measure, it’s much easier to get them all the same size), and place on the 2 baking sheets with about 2 1/2″-3″ inches between them. You will get 24 balls to make 24 single cookies, 12 sandwich cookies.

Use a flat measuring cup or glass and a small (4”) square of parchment to flatten each ball. Put the parchment onto the ball and use the cup to press down and flatten into 2” circles (about 1/4” thick).

Paleo Lemon Sandwich Cookies showing how to press the ball into a cookie

Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until set and beginning to turn golden brown.  Remove and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.  

How to Make the Lemon Cream Filling

  1. While the cookies cool, make the cream filling. With an electric hand mixer in a large bowl, beat together the shortening or butter with the organic powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, vanilla, and turmeric.
  2. If the filling is too thick to spread, add a few more drops of water or nut milk until it’s the right consistency. It should be thick, but creamy enough to spread on the cookies.
  3. Spread about 2 teaspoons on the flat part (bottom) of half of the cookies, then top with a second cookie to make a sandwich. Eat and enjoy.
  4. Store leftover cookies covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Paleo Lemon Sandwich Cookies putting on the lemon filling

Here in Woodstock we’re feeling all the joys of spring. The crocuses and daffodils are blooming and there’s nothing like sweet, creamy lemony cookies to celebrate the warmth and light of the season. Happy cookie-making!

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Paleo Lemon Sandwich Cookies


  • Author: Ingrid DeHart
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x

Description

Everyone will love these are tender, sweet, buttery cookies with a creamy lemon filling in the middle. Easy to make and sooo…good.


Ingredients

Scale

Cookie Dough

Lemon Cream Filling:


Instructions

Cookie Dough

  1. In a medium bowl mix together the almond flour, tapioca, baking soda and salt, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, cream together the ghee (or butter or shortening) with the coconut sugarvanilla extract and lemon juice. Mix for 2 minutes. Until it begins to get smooth. It may still be a little granular, that’s okay.
  3. Add the lemon zest and the egg and beat until smooth and fluffy 45 seconds.
  4. Add the flour mixture and using the mixer, mix until sticky cookie dough forms, it will be thick. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 1 1/2 hours, or up to 12.
  5. Once the dough is chilled, preheat your oven to 350° F and line 2 large baking sheets. Roll the dough into 20-gram balls (about 2 teaspoon) and place on the prepared parchment with at least 2 inches between them. You should get 24 balls, 12 on each sheet.
  6. Use a flat measuring cup or glass and a small (4”) square of parchment to flatten each ball. Put the parchment onto the ball and use the cup to press down and flatten into 2” circles (about 1/4” thick). There should be about 1 ½” between them. They will not spread.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until set and beginning to turn golden brown. Remove and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Lemon Cream Filling

  1. While the cookies cool, make the cream filling. With an electric hand mixer in a large bowl, beat together the shortening or butter with the organic powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, vanilla, and turmeric.
  2. If the filling is too thick to spread, add a few more teaspoons of nut milk or water until it’s the right consistency. It should be thick, but creamy enough to spread on the cookies.
  3. Spread about 1 tablespoon on the flat part (bottom) of half of the cookies, then sandwich with a second cookie. Eat and enjoy.
  4. Store leftover cookies covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

Nutrition information is with palm shortening and coconut sugar.

The dough needs to chill for 1 1/2 hours in the refrigerator so plan accordingly.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Paleo, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Keywords: lemon sandwich cookies, paleo lemon sandwich cookies, lemon cream sandwich cookies, paleo lemon cookies

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