Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Lemon Creme Sandwich Cookies

There’s no such thing as too many cookies this time of the year. Even before Jen and I had our annual cookiepocalypse, I was baking up a storm getting ready for this year’s Food Blogger Cookie Swap . This cookie swap is a super fun online party where I randomly got assigned 3 bloggers to send cookies to, and in exchange, I received 3 types of cookies from 3 other bloggers. Let me tell you, nothing beats coming home to a box of cookies on your doorstep. Ok, maybe if it was a box of cash it would be better, but cookies is almost as good!

After many ideas, and careful consideration, I decided to try out some lemon creme sandwich cookies for this year’s swap. (Actually, I just had a craving for lemon that day). These cookies turned out great, and I think (based on twitter/instagram feedback) my recipients enjoyed them as well!

Lemon Creme Sandwich Cookies

For the cookies

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp lemon extract 
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
For the creme filling
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest from one lemon 

Cream together butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add in egg, lemon extract, ginger and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix well. Drop by teaspoon onto lined cookie sheets. Bake 7-8 minutes in a preheated 350ºF oven. Cool to room temperature before assembling.

To make the creme filling, whisk together all ingredients until smooth. 

Spread a cookie with 1 Tbs of creme filling and top with another cookie. Enjoy!

Of course I can’t forget about the 3 delicious types of cookies that I received as well. The first cookies to arrive were chocolate hazelnut cookies from Beth of Jersey bites blog . She’s a black lab owner too!

Then came my personal fave, white chocolate-pecan cookies from Victoria of KplusV. The Hubs doesn’t love nuts in his cookies so I had the pleasure of eating all these myself! YUM!

Finally I received the most beautiful Chocolate Sugar Cookies I’ve ever seen. Diana from Diana’s Dream Sweets  puts my cookie decorating skills to shame!

Another great year for cookie swapping. In fact, I had so much fun with this, I would be interested in participating in more cookie swaps next year, so if you know of any, let me know!

 

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