Lemon Shortbread Ice Cream Sandwiches

Tangy, tart, buttery, and crisp, these are beautiful cookies. They’re divine when filled with lemon sherbet or vanilla ice cream.

Serves: 24Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 40 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 24


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3⁄4 cup light brown sugar
  • Zest of 3 lemons
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups ice cream, softened


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Cream butter and brown sugar in mixer, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Add lemon zest, vanilla, lemon juice, and flour. Mix on low until just combined.
  • Roll shortbread dough out flat to 1⁄3-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 2-inch circles and place on parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, until the cookies just begin to take on a golden hue. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
  • Spread ice cream on half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies. Serve immediately.