Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Meyer Lemon Sandwich Cookies

Meyer Lemon Sandwich Cookies

Many of you know about the famous Meyer Lemon Trees at my in-law’s place.  There are many recipes that I've created, both savory and sweet, using the Meyer lemons that are harvested by myself.  Such as the Meyer Lemon Curd with Vanilla Sugar, the Meyer Lemon Cake, the Seafood Salad with Meyer Lemon and Herb Vinaigrette, and the Meyer Lemon Macarons with Limoncello Buttercream, to name a few.  I'm lucky that I can get my hands on some fresh Meyer Lemons all year round.

With the Meyer Lemon season approaching, I want to introduce you to another wonderful treat using Meyer Lemons.  The Meyer Lemon Sandwich Cookies!

Next time when you see these fragrant Meyer lemons in the farmer's stands or supermarkets,  be sure to take a few home to try this recipe out.  This would certainly be another good cookie recipe for the Holidays and/or gift-giving.

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These Meyer Lemon Sandwich cookies are one of my favorite sweet treats featuring these lovely Meyer Lemons.  The cookies had a nice crunch and crumbly texture, with just the right amount of sweetness and buttery flavors.  The almond meal in these cookies adds a new depth of taste with its nutty flavor.  The Meyer Lemon Buttercream in between the two cookies is silky and smooth, while packed with sweet and tangy Meyer Lemon flavor.  You can serve these at room temperature and the buttercream would ooze out when you bite into one.  I love them chilled so the cool and smooth buttercream will melt in my mouth slowly and allow me to savor them a little bit longer.  Either way, you're going to love this special treat.


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Meyer Lemon Sandwich Cookies: Printable Recipe

Makes: 40 (1 3/4-inch) sandwich cookies

Ingredients for the cookies:
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
6 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces of almond meal
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
Zests of 2 Meyer Lemons

Ingredients for the Meyer Lemon Buttercream:
1/2 cup sugar
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Zest and juice of 1 Meyer Lemon

To make the cookies:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy.  Add the egg yolks, lemon zest and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the almond meal with the salt, baking powder and flour until well combined.  With mixer on low, add the dry ingredients slowly to the mixing bowl and beat until ingredients are incorporated.

Pat the dough into 4 disks, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350° F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat. On a slightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick. Using a 1 3/4-inch round cutter and stamp out cookies as close together as possible. Arrange the cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.

Bake the cookies about 10 to 13 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom and around the edges. Let cool on the baking sheet.  Refrigerate the scraps until chilled, then reroll, stamp out more cookies and bake.

To make the Meyer Lemon Buttercream:


Put the sugar and egg whites in a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk constantly, keeping the mixture over the heat, until it feels hot to the touch, about 3 minutes.

Pour the mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat the meringue on medium speed until it cools and forms a thick shiny meringue, about 5 minutes.

Switch to the paddle attachment and add the butter, one tablespoon at a time, beating until smooth. Once all the butter is in, add the vanilla extract, lemon zest and lemon juice, beat the buttercream on medium-high speed until it is thick and very smooth, 6-10 minutes.  Taste for acidity, add more lemon juice if desired.

To Assemble:
Top half of the cookies with a rounded teaspoon of the Meyer Lemon Buttercream, place another cookie on top of the buttercream and refrigerate until the buttercream is set, about 15 minutes.  Keep sandwiched cookies in refrigerator.  Leave at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.


32 comments:

  1. Awesome cookies! My mouth waters at the sight of 'lemon buttercream'.

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  2. Great post, meyer lemons are the bomb and make a huge difference in my opinion,
    Take care

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  3. These cookies look absolutely amazing. I will be on the lookout for Meyer Lemons! Thanks.

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  4. These look and sound delicious, and so refreshing! I have a "thing" for sandwich cookies:)

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  5. Keebler used to make a good sandwich cookie, French Vanilla Creme, that I haven't seen around in years. But this looks even better! Thanks for the recipe. I love lemon!!

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  6. Hmmmmm, lemon buttercream ~ I'm drooling! These cookies sound delish. Thanks so much for sharing!

    xo
    Pat

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  7. Oh my! These cookies are beautiful, not to mention that wonderful tang.

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  8. I can't wait to try this pretty cookies as I always love to add lemon in my bakes. Thanks for sharing Amy :)
    Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  9. What gorgeous cookies! I'm so envious of anyone who can easily get Meyer lemons!

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  10. These look so amazing! I only wish I could find Meyer lemons near me.

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  11. This would make such a beautiful cookie at a wedding shower or baby shower or an afternoon tea. They sound and look fabulous!

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  12. These cookies looks so good, I think I might grab some meyer lemon cookies or better yet try and prepare them :) nice photos.

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  13. Your cookies caught my eye and my appetite! I love any dessert with lemon! It is a must that I try them!

    Thanks for visiting "Lilly's Home Journal". Always great to have you stop by.
    Smiles
    Lilly

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  14. These look so yummy! Having a lemon tree of my own, I'm always looking for good lemon recipes!

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  15. Oh boy...I love lemon sandwich cookies but I have never made one as beautiful as this! As always, just a picture of perfection that I'd love to sink my teeth into! xo

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  16. Amy, your lemon cookies look lucious! All those lemon desserts you mentioned sound wonderful. I love lemons in desserts and many other foods. How fortunate to have access to fresh Meyer lemons. Now, all this talk of lemon cookies has made me hungry. ----------Shannon

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  17. Your cookies looks so good, Amy. I like pastries with a little lemony taste on them...Christine

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  18. Hi Amy,

    Everything looks good. It is always a pleasure to stop by your blog to see what's cooking.

    Make it a great day !

    Carol Ann - RWOP
    CW Cafe Today - Diabetes and Me

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  19. These sound heavenly! Lemon cookies are one of my favorites.

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  20. Hi Amy,
    I just love the almond meal in this recipe for the cookie. These look awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  21. Those look divine - I really love meyer lemon!

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  22. These look amazing! I LOVE lemon desserts. Great photos! I saw your link on Sweet as Sugar Cookies. I posted my butterscotch pumpkin cookies if you'd like to check them out :)

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  23. Love Meyer lemon. The flavor will be so great for these cookies. Beautiful clicks, Amy.

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  24. I love Meyer lemons, and I have a baby tree that I am nurturing in hopes of growing some lemons too! Love your Meyer lemon recipes!

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  25. These cookies are adorable! You are definitely a lucky girl to have access to Meyer lemons year-round...these cookies are a lovely use for them!

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  26. Wow, this looks terrific..Nom Nom Nom..I'm officially following ya from Home Maker linky..Loving your blog..I'm Marilyn via http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com . Really hope you can stop in and say hello sometime..TY..

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  27. These look DIVINE!!! I am a sucker for anything lemon!! Saw you on Chef-n-training!

    -Ashley @ Sun*kissed Bistro

    Sunkissed-sisters.blogspot.com

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  28. I was whipping up pumpkin cookies this weekend for the kiddos--but lemon is my fave flavor. Your creation is gorgeous. If you get a chance, we'd love you have you join our recipe linky over at Momtrends:

    http://www.momtrends.com/2011/10/friday-food-recipe-linky-bacon-egg-cheesy-poofs/

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  29. Hi Amy, Your Meyer Cookie recipe has been selected to be featured in a Recipe Guessing Game. Please share the following link with your friends and fans. To play, go here: http://knapkins.com/guess_games/340?source=blog Congrats again!! :)

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  30. Thank you, Christine. How exciting. This is such a fun game. :) I'm going to spread the words. Take care and have a good day.

    Amy

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  31. I rally need to stop surfing your blog on an empty stomach, my mouth is watering just thinking about these cookies! They sound so delicious, I can't wait to try them

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