Lemon Cream Pudding Cookies

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Do any of you watch The Next Food Network Star? I really enjoy that show, except for the fact that they change formats about as often as I bake. And that Giada seems way too thin. {Am I wrong there? I mean, she cooks for a living. Not that I want her to go all Paula Deen or anything, but geez. Way to make a baker feel bad about herself!}

My husband thought it was really funny when Linky was still a part of the show. Every week he’d make some crack like, “hey! I wonder if she has parties?”

Is it me, or is it difficult to watch them speak to camera? I mean, even now, when the show is almost over, it’s like, a totally cringe-worthy hour.

There’s stuttering and dropped eye contact and too much energy and not enough energy and why can’t Martita just tell stories for goodness sakes!

Watching this show just reinforces one important factoid about me: I never want to have a cooking show. Ever.

People tell me all the time, you should video tape yourself! You should totally audition! You should start doing videos in your blog! How-tos! It would be awesome!

Um, no. No it most definitely would not. I’d be just like one of those sputtering wanna-be Food Network chefs. But worse.

And my voice. I actually want you all to like me. I don’t know how my husband stands it. Whenever I hear myself taped I just cringe and plug my ears.

{Although, I often think that my voice is akin to a dog whistle; one that only adults can hear. Because Jordan never can seem to hear me when I speak.}

Anyway, so even though I love watching Food Network Star, don’t be all expecting videos here. I’m totally content to make you cringe with my written word.

Remember pudding cookies? I’ve done a couple versions now. Don’t ask me to pick a favorite…I love them all. But, if someone were to point a frosting gun at my head and demand a favorite under penalty of appearing on video, I may have to say I liked these the best.

It may have been because of the cream filling. Tart, sweet, and just right. Sandwiched between two fluffy pudding cookies. Two cookies are always better than one.

I’d make a video about it. But then you’d have to un-friend me. So take my written word for it, mmkay?

5 from 1 vote

Lemon Cream Pudding Cookies

Adapted from Chef-in-Training


For the Cookies

  • 1 ½ sticks butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant lemon pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2-1/4 cups flour

For the Filling

  • ¼ cup butter , softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together baking soda and flour and set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar. Add the pudding package and beat until well blended. Add eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour and mix until just combined.
  4. Roll into 1” balls and place on your cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool before filling.
  5. To make the filling: beat butter and powdered sugar until combined. Mix in zest and lemon juice. Cover the bottoms of half the cookies with the filling, and top with remaining cookies. Chill until frosting is firm.
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  1. Oh Dorothy I will have to pin these to make for later, these looks DELICIOUS! I also love The Next Food Network Star, I watch all the food shows love them!

  2. DO IT! Try out for Food Network Star!! I would vote for you. Do they vote – I can’t remember????? I LOVE the flavor of lemon pudding mix and I know I would love these cookies!

  3. I love watching it too, and I could NEVER be on television. Ever. These cookies look awesome. LOVE.

  4. Maybe we could do a “tag team” and try out! I say let’s have some decent shows with bakers featured!! I can’t see any of these six finalists as potentials for a show that I would be interested in. These cookies look amazing and you know my weakness–lemon! You Go Girl!! XOXO

  5. Yes, I am hooked on The Next Food Network Star too. No one really stands out to me as a real start this season. The last few seasons the Hubby and I had a definite favorite, not so much this go around. Who is your favorite?

    I would never be able to think on my feet fast enough to be on a show like that. I need time to think about my dish.

    • I agree – none of them really stands out. I think, if she can get her act together, I like the blonde with the short hair – she could be really good. Otherwise it’s kind of underwhelming. And I agree – I obsess over the food way too long to be on that show!

  6. Did you ever used to tape-record yourself on one of those oldschool tape machines? I swear there was some conspiracy where they purposely morphed your voice to create a generation of low-self-esteemed people who would never speak again. Maybe they were trying to create work for the psychologists who work with mutes? At any rate… I totally agree- although I would love to watch a tutorial by you! Lemon pudding cookies sound absolutely delicious.

  7. That is one of my favorite shows! But I could absolutely never ever do a show…I am actually way too shy!!! Maybe if someone was right there holding a yummy lemon cookie out in front of me? No, not even then:-) Way cool cookies!!!

  8. But you do tell a good story, Dorothy! Me and the husband just finished watching an episode a few minutes ago. It always makes me glad it’s them and not me in front of the camera! These cookies look wonderful. Something about lemon in the summertime – I just love it!

  9. LOL.

    1. LOVE the pics! These look awesome!
    2. Mel made a funny blogger joke. Props to him 🙂
    3. I SOOOOOOOOOOO feel the same way about videos on the blog. I think we baker/bloggers should probably stay where we’re most comfortable (behind the camera!)

  10. Lemon is perfect for summer and I pinned them for a baking binge 😉 And I L-O-V-E Food Network Star … yes Giada is SO thin and I’m with you, “Martita … loosen up!!”

  11. We actually love lemon cookies especially during summer time.
    These look GREAT !

  12. Those cookies look delicious! I love lemon desserts (it’s actually my post for today that I haven’t done yet). I couldn’t imagine being on the Food Network because of the stress involved but I do think making videos are fun and pretending. 🙂 Sometimes I think about making one and posting it on my blog just because I’m feeling crazy and want to see the reaction. Maybe one day…for now, I love your cookies!

  13. Lemon desserts are my favorite Dorothy! I made a lemon dessert last night. We must be thinking alike this week. I’d love to watch a video of you on your blog! I would look nuts on video. And then I’d have to show people my messy kitchen…

  14. My first reaction to the picture of your cookies was, ohhh mmmmyyyy. 🙂 They look so delicious, Dorothy. Just beautiful! I really need to make these pudding cookies…Just might have to do that this weekend. 🙂

    I’ve only been watching the show the last few weeks. Kinda like the Bachlarette…I wait to see who’s in the finish. (I can’t believe she let Sean go…Ari? Hum.) I don’t know any of their names, except Ippy. They need a new guy chef, but the 3 remaining just don’t have the beef IMO. Martitia, well, I think they really wanted her {a lot}, but she just got caught up in the food. That’s been sad to watch.

  15. 1. Okay, you officially know the way to my heart. Come to mama, you lemony cookie.
    2. I don’t know why I never asked you if you watch FNS either, because I do, and I really have some strong opinions on this show. And by that, I mean I hope no one wins because I despise them all. That one boy wears more lipstick than anyone else on the show, and I wish someone would just slap Marty. Also, that one girl, the one who thinks she’s hot stuff–Nicki? Looks like a cabbage patch doll that grew up and was tortured for years by being forced to eat sour skittles. She perpetually has this bitter, sour-fied expression on her face.
    3. Can’t wait for this weekend!!

  16. Best.Post.Ever! Seriously Martita, just tell a story…pahleeeease! I have too much of a potty mouth for television, although recently I’ve been called Martha Stewart with a potty mouth 🙂 Maybe it’s my angle, lol. The cookies look amazing too.

  17. Looks Scrumptious! Love lemon cookies and the cream filling just makes it all better.
    I think that I, too, have some sort of dog whistle voice that my daughter can’t hear either… Glad it’s nit just me 🙂

  18. Yum Yum and Yum! Lemon and cookies! I’m ashamed to call myself a baker though… I’ve never had pudding cookies! Need to change that asap.

  19. Um. Yum. Yeah, that’s all I have to say. Speachless.

  20. Totally cracking up! I think those some things about the Next Food Network Star! Love these cookies! Pudding cookies are great!


  22. Hahahaha! I have the same feeling about the Next FN Star. I could never be in front of a camera myself, but that being said, some of the contestants are just painful to watch. And I totally agree about Giada – she is definitely too thin! Just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and have been really enjoying it! Thanks for fun posts and good recipes too!

  23. LOVE the cookies, Giada is TOO skinny (not fair), and I agree: video BAD for SO many reasons:)

  24. I would love it, if you would share this, & any other recipes you may have, on my recipe link up. http://goodrecipesonline.com/organized-linkup-for-all-your-recipes-goodrecipesonline-com/.

  25. Ooh, you make me LOL!!! You may not like your voice (I HATE mine, too), but you sure have a way with the written word!! And yes, I agree, Giada is way to skinny!! Your lemon cream cookies look awesome, BTW.

  26. Love the lemon flavor of these sandwich cookies! I haven’t watched Food Network Star too regularly, but always feel like I’d be a disaster on it too when I do watch!

  27. The problem with these kind of “complicated” desserts is that I never seem to make it to the second step. I’d just eat all of the cookies. Or, rather, mash them up into a bowl of ice cream. This flavor looks delish!

  28. OMG, I could never have a Food Network show or even post a video on my blog. I’d totally die of embarrassment because I am a total dork. And then everyone would know it! If I just keep typing and showing pictures of my food instead of me, then no one will be the wiser to my nerdiness!

    Although, I do have more of the Paula Deen or Gina Neely physique to host a show. I’m definitely no Giada.

  29. P.S. I don’t think Giada necessarily looks TOO thin, but she does come off as one of those “portion control” people. You know, the ones who are satisfied with one cookie? Um no. Around here, if I’m eatin’ cookies, there’s nothing else for dinner.
    P.P.S. She does look thinner than she used to.

  30. This looks a bit like what we would call melting moments – yum
    I found you on Live.Laugh.Rowe’s linky party. I linked in bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Have a super week.

  31. These look so yummy – too bad baking isn’t my strongest skill. I’m with you on the video blogs – I’m just a rookie blogger, but I do not foresee any videos in my future. I don’t think people could take me too seriously once they heard how thick my surfergirl California accent is! Anyways, I’m now a follower & looking forward to more tasty recipes 🙂

  32. Oh my goodness Dorothy…these look amazing!! I am loving the citrus frosting! Somehow I was not already a follower?! You can bet I am now! 700th follower to be exact. You AND your blog are fantastic 🙂

  33. This looks so yummy! Thanks for linking up this week and sharing!

  34. Ooh! I love lemon cookies! These look great! Thanks for linking up!

  35. Okay… I am DYING over these cookies! I am such a sucker for lemon desserts. I love your pic, too. Thanks so much for linking them up to Weekend Potluck!

  36. I think I’m going to test these out tis weekend with a blueberry filling! YUMMMMM.
    Thanks for sharing on WHatcha WHipped Up!

  37. Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck! Your recipe caught my eye FIRST THING! I love lemony creamy things. I just printed this and am so excited to make them sooN!
    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs, Tonya from 4 little Fergusons

  38. Oh these sound sooo good! I love different lemon desserts, and this sounds delicious!!!! (They look so cute, too!)

  39. I think I have to try these this weekend! I’m baking for people who can’t eat chocolate or nuts. (I had to ponder for a second that it was possible to live without either of said items.) These look great!

  40. I am featuring your wonderful cookies at tonights Link party at CountryMommaCooks….stop by tonight and check it out : )

  41. Im just learning about pudding cookies and i must say! I love them! So easy! So fool proof and chewy! 🙂 i was looking for a good lemon pudding cookie recipe. These look good but would they work just as well if i made them smaller and rolled them in powdered sugar instead of making them into frosting cookie sandwiches?

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  44. These look AMAZING! I can’t wait to try them. My friend and I were just wondering a few days ago how Giada stays so slim-lol! I’m thinking she must never take more than two bites of anything she cooks:-))

  45. Just came across this recipe and it looks fantastic. I’m about to make them for a bake sale and have one question- in the recipe, step 3 says to cream together the butter and sugars (as in more than one kind of sugar in dough). I’ve come across pudding cookie recipes using brown sugar and just wanted to confirm that there is only white sugar in the cookie dough. Anybody who has made these and can answer, thank you!!!

  46. Our favorite cookies! Baking a batch now to surprise my hubby! These are our faves. We used to order lemon cookies from the internet……not anymore! Thank you for an awesome recipe!!

  47. I made these two times already and making
    them tomorrow morning. They are so soft and
    delicous. I would highly recommend you making
    these. Yummy

  48. I would give these a 5 star rating. And I would
    to see more sandwich cookies like these.

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