Chewy Lemon Cookie Sandwiches (grain-free, dairy-free)

Lemon curd is sandwiched between soft and chewy gluten-free and grain-free lemon cookies in this dairy-free treat!

Grain-free and Dairy-free Lemon Cookie Sandwiches from texanerin.com

In these weeks after Christmas, I’m so thankful to have lemons around. Could you imagine a post-Christmas winter without lemons? Depressing, right? I can’t wait to buy a house and have lemon trees galore! And when that times comes, I’m going to make oodles of these lemon cookie sandwiches.

The lemon cookies themselves are actually vegan, but because of the curd, the cookie sandwiches aren’t. I tried to think of an alternative vegan filling but couldn’t come up with anything that sounded as delicious as curd. Ideas?!

Gluten-free, Grain-free and Dairy-free Lemon Cookie Sandwiches from texanerin.com

The dough used here is my new favorite grain-free cookie base and I have another recipe already coming up on Monday using it. It yields such chewy and soft cookies. And in these lemon cookie sandwiches, the curd softens the cookies even more.

I used this honey sweetened lemon curd as the filling since I had to do something with it and I don’t especially like it on bread. Or by the spoonful. If you don’t have any curd handy and don’t want to make any, the cream cheese filling I used in my chewy ginger sandwich cookies with lemon filling would work well here but the lemon curd just adds so much zing! Why make a regular lemon cookie sandwich when you could have little citrus explosions in your mouth? :D

Dairy-free, Grain-free and Gluten-free Lemon Cookie Sandwiches from texanerin.com

This recipe has lemon extract, lemon zest, and lemon curd. Switch all of that out to lime or orange if that sounds better! Another thing to note is that this recipe yields relatively few cookies. You know, portion control issues. So double it if you have a friend to share with. ;)

If gluten-free baking and almond flour isn’t your thing, try these lemon burst cookies from scratch from Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet! I bet they’d be awesome with white whole wheat flour.

Lemon Cookie Sandwiches (grain-free, dairy-free)

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Chewy Lemon Cookie Sandwiches (grain-free, dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 12 sandwich cookies

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (56 grams) refined1 coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup (107 grams) maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1½ teaspoons lemon extract
  • 133 grams (~1⅓ cups but please weigh!) almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons (17 grams) sifted coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ - ½ cup lemon curd

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the coconut oil, maple syrup, lemon zest and lemon extract.
  2. Add the almond flour, sifted coconut flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. If the dough is too soft to roll into balls, refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
  5. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a Silpat.
  6. Roll the dough into twenty-four ¾" balls and place 1" apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Press the balls down slightly and bake for 10 minutes. The cookies should crackle a little.
  8. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Once the cookies are cool, assemble the cookie sandwiches by placing 2 teaspoons of curd between two cookies.
  10. Place the cookies in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. Using unrefined coconut oil would yield cookies with some coconut flavor. If you want truly lemony cookies, you have to use refined coconut oil.

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48 comments on “Chewy Lemon Cookie Sandwiches (grain-free, dairy-free)” — Add one!

  • Elizabeth
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    March 22, 2014 @ 3:07 pm

    I just made these cookies, and they taste great! But they didn’t come out looking as pretty as yours. My dough was rather course and wet. I also didn’t take the time to roll them. Do you think that could be it? I would appreciate anyone’s input!

    Thanks,

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    • Erin replies to Elizabeth
      March 22, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

      Did you refrigerate the dough for the 30 minutes? The dough is pretty wet pre-chilling, but 30 minutes in the fridge should have taken care of that. :) And coarse? Hmm. The only thing I can think of is that you packed your almond flour tighter than I do. I made a note in the instructions just now advising people to weigh the almond flour. Brands seem to vary quite a bit! And not rolling them would explain why they didn’t come out looking pretty. They don’t spread quite like regular cookies so rolling them is needed if you want them to form a perfect circle. Hope that helps! :)

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  • Peggy says
    March 5, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

    I love lemon cookies! And your pictures are pretty! Hoping you get a lemon tree of your own some day!

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    • Erin replies to Peggy
      March 5, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

      Thanks so much, Peggy! And that’s sweet of you to say. I really am looking forward to my future lemon tree! ;)

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  • Angela Parker says
    March 5, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

    I love lemon! Can’t wait to try these : )

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  • melissa
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    February 20, 2014 @ 7:17 pm

    Just made these with cashew meal from Trader Joe’s. The mixture was rather liquidy so I added an extra TBL of coconut flour. I just spooned them on the parchment paper instead of rolling. They turned out awesome! A little flatter than pictured, but chewy in the middle with a crispy edge. Will definitely make again!
    thank you!!

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    • Erin replies to melissa
      February 21, 2014 @ 8:33 pm

      I’m so happy that they came out well for you, Melissa! Great to know that cashew meal works. :) A friend in the US sent me some from Trader Joe’s and I didn’t know what to do with it until now. Thanks a bunch for your feedback and the rating! :)

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  • Megan {Country cleaver} says
    February 14, 2014 @ 3:56 am

    I love lemon cookies – and i have never tried grain free! These are a must!

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  • Camilla
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    February 4, 2014 @ 1:02 am

    These are the cookies OF MY DREAMS

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    • Erin replies to Camilla
      February 5, 2014 @ 8:59 pm

      Lol. Have you tried them?! By the way, have you enjoyed the goodies I’ve been bringing to the breakroom? I think I’ve brought like 14 different things in the last 10 days. :D

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  • Rose | The Clean Dish
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    February 3, 2014 @ 4:04 am

    Yummy, Erin! With lemon curd, too!! I love that these are grain free. Can’t wait to try them!

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  • becca-cookie jar treats says
    January 30, 2014 @ 10:24 pm

    Oh these cookies are adorable! I can’t wait for spring so I can start baking with lemons and oranges and all things citrus :)

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    • Erin replies to becca-cookie jar treats
      February 2, 2014 @ 9:39 pm

      Thanks, Becca! And what?! You don’t bake with citrus in the winter? I thought it was a wintry thing!

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  • Sarah
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    January 30, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

    I made this recipe last weekend and my kids LOVED it. The plateful was gone within half an hour! It was easy to make and definitely worth repeating. I used honey instead of maple syrup because I was out, and my batch took about 15 minutes in the oven instead of 10. The cookies were not quite sweet enough for my kids to eat plain, and I didn’t feel like making the lemon curd, so I made a very simple lemon icing (shortening, powdered sugar, and lemon juice.) Fabulous! I took a picture but I don’t see a way to post it here. Next time, I am going to try using ginger instead of lemon flavoring and see if the basic recipe will also make a good ginger cookie.

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    • Erin replies to Sarah
      February 2, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

      Yay! I’m so happy that the kids enjoyed the cookies! Your icing sub sounds great. :) Let me know how the ginger cookie recipe goes. Or you could check out these grain-free chewy ginger sandwich cookies with lemon filing. I think they’re maybe even better than the lemon cookies! Thanks so much for the feedback. :)

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  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says
    January 29, 2014 @ 2:07 am

    LOVE these lemon cookies, Erin! I agree…fresh citrus following Christmas is essential after all the chocolate, caramel and coconut indulgences. Cannot wait to whip up a batch! Thanks for sharing, girl. Now following you via Bloglovin’. :) Pinning!

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    • Erin replies to Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
      January 29, 2014 @ 11:36 pm

      So happy to have you following on Bloglovin’! And how sad is it that I just started looking into feed readers? I really liked Google Reader. ;) Thanks for following and pinning!

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  • Consuelo @ Honey & Figs says
    January 27, 2014 @ 1:55 pm

    Lemon-flavored baked goods are the best thing to have once Christmas is gone. These cookies look and sound scrumptious, and they are the most adorable thing ever ;–)
    Have a fantastic week! x

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    • Erin replies to Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
      January 29, 2014 @ 11:40 pm

      Thank you! And agreed. Don’t give me ginger or anything with cloves or chocolate. I want LEMONS! :D I hope you’re having a great week, too!

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  • WhatJessicaBakedNext... says
    January 26, 2014 @ 11:09 pm

    Wow, these look and sound amazing! I can’t wait to try them :)

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  • Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says
    January 26, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    These look incredible! I still remember the first time I tried lemon curd – instantly I fell in love. These totally need to happen in my future. :)

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  • eat good 4 life says
    January 26, 2014 @ 3:46 am

    I would love anything lemon right now. I just truly love that flavor. I see that you have made quite a few goodies that I would like to try as well. I have never made lemon curd before. I am sure homemade is way better than store bought. Great looking cookies!!

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    • Erin replies to eat good 4 life
      January 29, 2014 @ 11:48 pm

      Thanks, Miryam! :) And yeah. Homemade lemon curd is much better!

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  • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom says
    January 26, 2014 @ 2:48 am

    LOVE this Erin. Pinned and bookmarked.

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  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen says
    January 26, 2014 @ 12:17 am

    Well these are just the most perfect lemony cookies I have ever seen! Yum Yum!

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  • Rachel @ Bakerita says
    January 25, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

    Lemon cookies are just what I need right now to get me through these dreary, rainy winter days!! They look so good and fresh.

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    • Erin replies to Rachel @ Bakerita
      January 29, 2014 @ 11:47 pm

      Agreed! I just can’t deal with this terrible greyness without lemons.

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  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
    January 24, 2014 @ 7:36 pm

    Love lemon desserts and your lemon cookie sandwiches look too good not to try!

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  • Ada ~ More Food, Please says
    January 24, 2014 @ 6:25 pm

    These look delicious! Never had lemon cookies that are chewy–such a great idea to sandwich them too! :)

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
    January 24, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

    I love anything lemon, these sandwich cookies look too good to pass up! :)

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    January 24, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

    Mmm these sound delightful!

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  • Mallory @ Total Noms says
    January 24, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

    These sandwich cookies look soooo good, Erin! I love citrusy treats. I’ve often dreamed of owning a house with lemon trees, too!

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    • Erin replies to Mallory @ Total Noms
      January 24, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

      Aww. Too bad we live in NYC (or the area) and Berlin, right? I want a house! With berry bushes, peach trees, apple trees… I have a HUGE list of everything I need. ;)

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  • Anna (Hidden Ponies) says
    January 24, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

    I love sandwich cookies, and lemon curd sounds like a perfect filling, I need to try these!

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  • Kathryn says
    January 24, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    Love the idea of these chewy little bites of sunshine!

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    • Erin replies to Kathryn
      January 24, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

      Chewy little bites of sunshine?! I wish I could come up with that stuff! :)

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