Happy Birthday Dad!

It was my Dad's Birthday last Friday and I wanted to make something for him. And he loves lemon I mean loves it. When ever it was girl scout cookie time my sister and I would be all over the samoa's and peanut butter patties it got so bad we have to have separate boxes with our names on them. And every year my Dad got the Lemon Creme Sandwich cookies, which no one but him touched. They were so tart and sweet for our young palettes. So when I saw these cookies I knew I had to make them for him.

Lemon Sandwich Cookies

2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 tablespoon of lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of AP Flour
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 and in the bowl of a mixer beat butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest and salt until combined and smooth. Place the mixer on low and slowly add the flour the dough will be very stiff. Do not over mix the dough stop mixing when just combined and finish mixing by hand.
Turn the dough out onto plastic wrap and form into a disk, wrap and chill until firm at least 1 hour but up to 3 days. Once chilled unwrap the dough and place on lightly floured piece of parchment paper and roll out with a floured rolling pin until about 1/8 of an inch thick. If the dough cracks let it warm up a little. If you chill it longer than a few hours you will probably have to let it sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes or more.
Cut out cookies with a 1 1/2 inch round cutter, and only re roll the scraps once. Place an inch apart on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the granulated sugar. Bake until they barely start to brown. The original recipe says 15-20 minutes but mine only took 12 minutes and I did bake them on a Silpat. Once baked transfer to a cooling rack to completely cool.

Creamy Lemon Filling

4oz of softened cream cheese
1 tablespoon of lemon zest
1 - 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

In a bowl mix together the cream cheese and the lemon zest until smooth then gradually add the sugar until it forms the consistency you are looking for and whisk until smooth.

To make the sandwiches put about 1 teaspoon of filling between 2 cookies.

Adapted from Lemon Sandwich Cookies from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food.

UPDATE - My Dad said these were much better than the girl scout cookie version but he might be biased.

I have entered this in the Sugar High Friday #41 : Sweet Gifts. Hopefully I do well! As Dad did like these alot and I have already been requested to make them again.

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