Lemon Pie Cookies

Yield: about 18 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, divided, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced, divided (about 2 tablespoons zest and 2 tablespoons juice)
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, 1 cup of the sugar and salt until smooth. Add all of the lemon juice and half of the zest. On a low speed, add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until just incorporated. Turn the cookie dough out onto a board and roll it into a log.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Remove log from the refrigerator and cut it into thin 1/4-inch thick discs. If using 1 baking sheet, bake the cookies in batches. Arrange the discs on 2 silicone or parchment lined baking sheets, 1-inch apart, and bake until the edges are just golden, about 20 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, using stand mixer or hand mixer, mix cream cheese with the remaining 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and remaining half of the lemon zest.
  5. Top half of the cookies with the cream cheese mixture and cover with another cookie to make a sandwich. Dust the top of the cookie sandwiches with confectioners’ sugar and serve.