Citrus Buttercups

buttercups cookie next to a plant

Springtime is here and so many beautiful flowers in bloom, but how about a flower that you can actually eat! Yep, and they are delicious. Lemon cookie dough formed into flowers with a orange cream cheese center for delicious Citrus Buttercups.

Cookie or Pie?

This recipe is super fun and easy to make. The dough is super simple, much like making a pie crust without the fuss.

Lemon Meets Orange

Citrus buttercups with lemon drops

Lemon and orange are the two flavors that come together to make this a fun citrus cookie. Lemon gets incorporated into the dough and the orange zest is part of the creamy center.

Together these Citrus Buttercups make a bright and fruity cookie that is super fun to eat.

These remind me of mini tarts because the cookie is flaky like a pie crust and the center is much like a pie filling.

To finish off with a light dusting of powdered sugar showcases this creative and fun cookie you can’t wait to try.

I decided to go with yellow for the cookie to make it more festive for spring. You eat with your eyes first, and this beautiful yellow definitely cries out, “Try Me.”

Recipe Inspiration

baked buttercups on a plate

This recipe initially came from one of my first cookbooks I purchased when I wanted to learn how to bake. Interesting enough, it was one of those recipes I stared and dog eared the page to want to make, but never did.

This spring, I was inspired to take a shot at it and adapt it to a springtime version.

Not only is this fun to eat, but its crunchy and creamy all in one bite. The orange filling just hits you first with the fresh zest, followed by the lemon. Seriously, its a party in your mouth.

These are perfect to serve at a luncheon or tea party. Even better, wrapped up in a cute bag and give as gifts. Your friends will be impressed.

Check out some of other of my favorite cookies

Print Recipe
Citrus Buttercups
Lemon cookie wrapped around a orange creamy center to form a beautiful Citrus Buttercup cookie bursting with color and flavor.
baked buttercups on a plate
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 20 min
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Orange Filling
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 20 min
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Orange Filling
baked buttercups on a plate
Instructions
Orange Filling
  1. Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, extract, and orange zest till creamy and combined. Cover and refrigerate till ready to use.
Recipe Notes

This recipe was adapted from "butter, sugar, flour, eggs"

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