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Soft sugar cookies are the perfect cookie for these sweet and tart lemon cheesecake sandwich cookies!

Soft sugar cookies are the perfect cookie for these sweet and tart lemon cheesecake sandwich cookies!

A few weeks ago I made a batch of my lemon curd and have been using it like crazy since then. It gave me a perfect reason to finally share my sour cream scones with you and fill these amazing raspberry glazed donut holes with tart lemon curd. I even used it to make another batch of my lemon blueberry coffee cake muffins when I realized we were out of lemons. On a side note I’m totally in love with how versatile homemade lemon curd is!

So versatile that with the 4oz I had leftover from the recipe I decided to combine the best of both worlds: creamy cream cheese with tart lemon curd. #winning I’m using poetic license here because it’s not a traditional cream cheese filling by any means. It’s literally cream cheese plus lemon curd plus whipped cream to make it light a fluffy. That’s it. And it’s perfect and delicious. You can even skip the cookie step and eat this like a mousse, in a pie shell, in a graham cracker crust, or straight out of the bowl with your finger. Whichever.

Soft sugar cookies are the perfect cookie for these sweet and tart lemon cheesecake sandwich cookies!

If you’re not a fan of lemon you could even sub the lemon curd with pudding in your favorite flavor instead. Pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint…the sky is the limit! Brownie points if you’re awesome enough to make your pudding from scratch. These were perfect for me between two soft sugar cookies, though.

My favorite cutout sugar cookie recipe that I used for these totally adorable beach ball cookies produces a nice crisp cookie which is my favorite kind for decorating but for these sandwiches I wanted something soft that wouldn’t make all the filling ooze out when you bite into it. After some trial and error I found a recipe that kind of reminds me of the softness of those Lofthouse cookies you see in the stores around holidays, minus the frosting and sprinkles. Plus you just roll these into a log and treat them slice and bake which makes them even easier!

Soft sugar cookies are the perfect cookie for these sweet and tart lemon cheesecake sandwich cookies!

Meaghan

Soft sugar cookies are the perfect cookie for these sweet and tart lemon cheesecake sandwich cookies!

Lemon Cheesecake Sandwich Cookies

Yield: 6 sandwiches
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cookies:

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup lemon curd
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream

Instructions

For the Cookies:

  1. Cream together butter and sugar until paste forms. Add in egg, vanilla, and sour cream and beat until well mixed.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and add to the wet ingredients in two batches, mixing until just combined after each addition.
  3. Roll dough into a log about 1 1/2-2 inches in diameter, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  4. Slice chilled dough in 1/2" slices and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges.

For the Filling:

  1. Beat cream cheese until smooth and no lumps remain, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add lemon curd and mix until combined.
  3. Fold in whipped cream with a rubber spatula.
  4. Spread about 2 Tbs of filling onto six cookies and top with remaining cookies.

Soft sugar cookies are the perfect cookie for these sweet and tart lemon cheesecake sandwich cookies!

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