Stuffed Lemon Cookies Recipe

Delightfully soft and tangy lemon cookies filled with a luscious lemon cream cheese center. Perfect for any occasion, these cookies are a burst of sunshine in every bite.



  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat and Prep: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Make the Cookie Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Beat in the egg, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until well combined.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  3. Prepare the Filling:
    • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
    • Add the powdered sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice, mixing until fully incorporated.
  4. Assemble the Cookies:
    • Scoop out about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and flatten it into a small disc.
    • Place about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese filling in the center of the disc.
    • Top with another tablespoon of cookie dough, pressing the edges to seal and form a ball.
    • Place the filled cookie dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.
    • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Enjoy your stuffed lemon cookies with a dusting of powdered sugar or a light lemon glaze if desired.

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