lemon melting moments

So I’ve been making lots of rich choco desserts lately.  Definitely no regrets, but it was time for a change.  We love a good lemon treat around here, lemon bars are the absolute best (especially the ones we used to get at the local Amish market…really, no words for how good those were), but everyone has a standard lemon bar recipe in their back-pocket.  Lemon melting moments sounded like a yummy alternative.  I think they’re an Australian treat, and since I’ve recently visited Australia I feel I’m now quite the expert on all things down-under.  (OK, not really, but still…)  These cookies literally melt in your mouth, probably due the abundance of butter and cornstarch.  If you love lemon bars, you will also love this sweet treat.

Yields about 15 sandwich cookies (Calorie estimate: 233/serving)


1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

zest of one lemon


1 cup confectioners sugar

1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

juice of one lemon


Preheat oven to 300 degrees Farenheit.

In a large bowl cream the butter, salt and sugar until light and fluffy on a medium setting, roughly 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and  incorporate the vanilla and lemon zest, scraping down the sides as you go. Sift the flower and cornstarch into the mixture and beat on a low setting until just combined.

Take small portions of the mixture and roll into balls, continue until you have about 30 pieces. If you want them to be as even as possible, roll out the mixture until it forms a log then use a clean knife to section into 30 pieces.

Place them on a baking tray lined with wax paper, gently press on each piece with a fork until it has left an imprint. You can also press on them gently with your fingers, if you do not wish to leave an imprint.

Bake for 20 minutes. let them cool completely.

For the filling beat the sugar, butter and lemon juice on a medium setting until incorporated. Use the back of a spoon, or a knife to ice one side of the cookie then sandwich them together. Try to find two which are similar sizes.


10 Responses to “lemon melting moments”

  1. 1 brainstormNY March 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Looks like a wonderful cookie recipe. I will love to try it my self! Thanks foe the inspirations.

  2. 2 FromTheHeartsOf March 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Yummy! I love lemon bars so I will have to try this recipe! I think I am the only one in my family who likes lemon anything though so I will have to find other people to give these to.

  3. 3 Billy April 7, 2011 at 2:51 am

    I’m a huge fan of the tarty lemon + sweet taste. I’m hoping these are like that. Trying them tonight!

  4. 4 Britt July 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Do you know what could replace the flour as a gluten free supliment, and possibly the cornstarch (assuming it has gluten in it) ..

    Also if i reduced the sugar would it still work?

  5. 5 Two Tiny Kitchens July 9, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I am so sorry, I am totally useless when it comes to gluten-free baking. Really, I know nothing. If you try it and have success, let us know!!

  6. 6 Amanda July 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    These look so amazing! I am a lemon fanatic.

  7. 7 Allie August 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I love lemon bars, but they’re time consuming (if you do the traditional lemon curd topping). These look like a wonderful alternative when you want that sweet-tart lemony flavor without as much fuss.

  8. 8 HollyMolly March 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    One broke when I was transferring to my cooling rack- just tasted the cookies for the first time…. oh. my. goodness. They really do melt in your mouth. Can’t wait to try one with filling!

  9. 9 HollyMolly March 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    These cookies are from heaven.

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