lemon cranberry sandwich cookies

Lemon and cranberry….a match made in heaven!  I love how cute these sandwich cookies are, and the lemon icing filling really makes them irresistible.  These lovelies are wonderful when paired with your afternoon tea, or they can make the perfect addition to a holiday dessert tray.  

Now yes, these cookies do require a little bit of extra efforts with making the icing, spreading it on, and then putting them together, but I promise it’s worth it!  And, if you bring them to a party, you’re pretty much guaranteed to make some new friends.  Just sayin’.

Also, I could eat the icing with a spoon.  No lie.

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1 cup sugar

1 cup powdered sugar

2 cups butter, softened

2 eggs

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp cream of tartar

2 tsp lemon peel, grated

½ tsp salt

1 cup chopped dried cranberries



1. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, powdered sugar, butter, and eggs.  Beat on high until the mixture is nice and fluffy.

2.  Add in the flour, cream of tartar, lemon peel and salt, beating on a low speed until just combine.

3.  Stir in dried cranberries.

4.  Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for half an hour.

5.  Gently roll the dough out onto a very lightly floured surface, until it is about ¼ of an inch thick. 

6.  Cut out desired shape (I chose little rectangles, but we usually do circles!) and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

7.  Bake at 325F for 8-9 minutes.  Keep an eye on them, and take them out when the bottoms just barely begin to turn a light brown.

8.  Cool, then ice cookies and assemble sandwiches.

Lemon Icing Filling:


3 cups powdered sugar

¼ cup lemon juice

2 tsp lemon peel, grated



1. In a medium bowl, slowly beat the powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon peel together.  

2) Add more powdered sugar or lemon juice as needed until you reach the desired consistency.

3)  Spread icing between two cookies, press together gently, and serve!

*These freeze well, so you can pull them out when you need them!

*We sprinkled a bit of coarse sugar onto each cookie right before we baked them!  It makes them look a little bit fancier.

Happy Christmas baking!