This Lemon Curd Sugar Cookie Sandwich recipe is so refreshing and perfect for summer! This has to be one of the best uses for lemon curd. These sandwich cookies are so easy to make; they are “swig cookies” and require no chilling or rolling out! 

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My mom borrowed our minivan last week. She and my dad were off adventuring with 4 of their out of state tween-age grandkids (my nieces and nephews), and they only have a 5 passenger car. And since technically my family still fits into a sedan, we swapped.

It really wasn’t that big a deal. My mom has a pretty nice car (don’t ask me what it is. I don’t do cars. It’s silver, that’s all I got), and it was fun to drive a different car for the week.

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When the week was over, she dropped off the kids at the airport and came over to my house so we could change back to our regular cars. But she came in the door with a bouquet of flowers, wringing her hands.

She told me that she had gone to get the van washed and detailed, and that the stupid car wash people had SCRATCHED MY CAR with their equipment. She asked them to try and buff it out, but to no avail. A big, multi layer scratch right down the back of the van…suspiciously similar to the big, multi layer scratch that was already there from the time when Eric and I shut our own garage door on our own van.

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After I convinced my mom that she had no reason to feel guilty, because we had scratched up our own car by being idiots, she felt so bad for blaming the car wash people. Poor car wash people. Poor Mom!

Do you guys get upset about scratches on your car? It doesn’t phase me at all. Not only because I drive a minivan (because who cares if you have a scratched minivan?? I feel like they are battle scars.) but also because, again, I’m just not a car person.

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Also, you can’t really be picky about scratches on your car when you are the type of person who shuts your own garage door on your car. Just sayin. I also have nightmares about crashing the van into Eric’s commuter car. How does THAT insurance situation work out?? “Yeah hi, I just ran into my car…with my other car.” This will be me someday.

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At least when I crash my car into my own car I will be able to come home and drown my sorrows in this Lemon Curd Sugar Cookie Sandwich recipe. Nothing says, “It’s all gonna be okay” better than homemade lemon curd. Trust me.

But then you take it and smash it in between 2 incredibly moist and tender sugar cookies?? Sugar cookies that you did NOT have to roll out or chill? It really is gonna be okay.

Are you a lemon curd convert yet? THIS STUFF. YOU GUYS. The smoothest, creamiest, LEMONIEST summer treat.

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How to make a lemon curd sugar cookie sandwich

Have you ever made a “swig cookie”? Swig is a local place in Utah where you can stop in for a cookie and one of their fancy sodas. I’ve never been, but these sugar cookies have made the rounds on the internet for good reason. Traditionally they are topped with frosting, and I did that with these Coconut Frosted Sugar Cookies with Strawberry Hearts, but today I decided to go full heathen and make a cookie sandwich. Because 2 swig cookies is always better than 1.

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You can tell in this picture how soft this cookie is on the inside!

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You can also just top one cookie with the lemon curd, because I’m not gonna lie, eating these in cookie sandwich form is a bit messy. If you are a stand-over-the-sink-ravenously type of eater, the cookie sandwich is for you (and me). If you are the kind of weirdo who eats pizza with a fork, then just spread some curd on top of a cookie and serve it at high tea. Add a strawberry on top! It’s even better!! I even tried sliced strawberries in the cookie sandwich, which was so delicious but even messier.

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Lemon Curd Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 38 minutes
Servings: 12
This Lemon Curd Sugar Cookie Sandwich recipe is so refreshing and perfect for summer! This has to be one of the best uses for lemon curd. These sandwich cookies are so easy to make; they are "swig cookies" and require no chilling or rolling out.


  • 1 batch lemon curd, homemade
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil, I use light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white sugar, + 2 tablespoons
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, for smashing cookies
  • strawberries, optional


  • Start by making homemade lemon curd. It's not hard but you do have to make it ahead of time so that it has time to chill. 
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a stand mixer or with an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add the vegetable oil, white sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla, and egg, and beat until fluffy, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Add the flour to the bowl, but don't mix it in. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt. Stir it in with a small spoon, then beat the flour mixture in until just combined. The dough is on the drier side.
  • Using your hands or a cookie scoop, form the dough into balls a little larger than 1 tablespoon. Line them up on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat. (you don't need to grease it).
  • In a shallow bowl, add 1/4 cup sugar. Get your fingers wet and rub them on the bottom of a glass. Dip the glass into the sugar, then smash each cookie. Dip in sugar and make sure the glass is coated with sugar for every cookie. You want them to be flat, but not so flat that they bake crispy. I like the dough to be a tiny bit less than half an inch thick. See photos.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 6-8 minutes. Take them out when they are not quite brown on the edges, and still a little shiny on top (just a liiiittle bit).
  • Let cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • Once the cookies are completely cool and the lemon curd is thoroughly chilled, spread some lemon curd on the top of one cookie, then top with another cookie. Or if you prefer, you can just spread the lemon curd on top of each cookie. These are really good with strawberries on top, too!


Here is the recipe for the lemon curd used in these cookies, and here is the cookie recipe.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 354
Keyword: Cookies, lemon curd, sandwich cookies, sugar cookies
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Here is the lemon curd you need for these cookie sandwiches! I eat this stuff with a spoon:  The Best Lemon Curd

The Best Lemon Curd from The Food Charlatan


And here are a few more cookie ideas you will love!

Lemon Crinkle Cookie with Lemon Frosting << Lemon cookies + ultra lemon frosting. Smash it all together, heaven! My favorite part about this old photo is the yellow button-up shirt I grabbed from my closet to style these photos on. I didn’t have any yellow napkins or tablecloth so I just decided it was nbd to get frosting all over my shirt.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies with Lemon Frosting from


Coconut Frosted Sugar Cookies with Strawberry Hearts << this is the same cookie recipe as today, but with coconut frosting. YUM. These are sometimes called Swig cookies (it’s a restaurant in Utah) but I use a different frosting.

Coconut-Frosted Sugar Cookies with Strawberry Hearts


The Softest Sugar Cookies of your Life (That Hold Their Shape) < I love today’s sugar cookie recipe because you don’t have to roll it out or chill it. Easy peasy. But click this link if you want the BEST classic roll-out-and-cut sugar cookies. SO. GOOD.

The SOFTEST Sugar Cookies of Your Life (That Hold Their Shape) from The Food Charlatan


You will love these other sandwich cookie recipes!

Nutella Sandwich Cookies from Foolproof Living
Lemon Bar Cookie Cups from Barbara Bakes
Homemade Lemon Oreos from Crazy for Crust
Lemon Cornmeal Sandwich Cookies from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Chewy Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Filling from Texanerin < I adore lemon and ginger!

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  1. Oh Karen, Some of us have actually hit their husband’s car with their own car. It happens. So I’ve heard. Maybe it happens twice. And for some reason my husband Jeff, you know who I’m talking about, thinks I’m a bad driver. Go figure.

    1. HAHAHA!!!! This is officially the best thing ever. I don’t think you’re a bad driver Andrea. I know the truth. Those were all flukes. Haha!!

  2. Hi Karen…! wow this lemon curd cookie looks sooo yummy as well as beautiful, i can’t wait making this cookies…Thanks for sharing…!

  3. I hate scratches on cars, it’s the ruining of something so smooth and shiny!
    But I do think I’ll make a big batch of these amazing looking cookies and take them over to the poor car wash people- they tried so hard to buff out those scratches!!

  4. Oh my gosh, Karen, I’ve got to try these. They look so delicious as well as beautiful. I love lemon curd. What a great idea to make it into sandwich cookies. Yum.

  5. You scratched your own car with the garage door??? I can one up you on this Karen. How about the time my dad broke the back window on his van because he backed out of the garage with the door still up and it hit the garage door and shattered. Or how about the time a couple months ago that my brother, Eric, closed the garage door on my dad’s car and broke the window a second time! A scratch? Naah, that’s nothing! I’m with you. Who cares about scratches (don’t let Chip hear me say that about our new car . . .)

    I have an easy sugar cookie recipe too that needs no chilling or rolling, only it’s a CRISPY one I got from my Swedish Gramma, with whom I share an affinity for CRUNCHY CRISPY cookies!
    These look amazing and I might go home from work today and make them!

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