Yo-Yo's with Citrus Filling

Who doesn't love a yo-yo? Or are they a melting moment? I can never tell the difference, although someone once told me that for a yo-yo to be a true yo-yo, it needs to have custard powder in the cookie dough. Really? This dough doesn't have custard powder, but I still like calling them yo-yo's, and so do all the people I know who end up eating them!

Are they yo-yos or melting moments? It doesn't matter, they're delicious whatever their name!
Ingredients (makes 22-24)
360g butter
4 tbs icing sugar (pure), sifted
1 1/2 - 2 tsp vanilla extract
450g plain flour
4 tbs cornflour

Preheat oven to 160c. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper. Sift the flours together into a bowl. In a medium/large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together with an electric beater until creamy. Add the combined, sifted flours and cut through the dough with two knives to mix in (like a 'hand' food processor!).
Shape tablespoon size portions of the dough into balls and place onto trays, leaving a few centimeters between each ball. Flatten slightly with a fork (dipped in flour to prevent sticking) and bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden around the edges. Allow to cool on a wire rack completely before filling.

50g butter, softened
1 tbs combined grated zest and juice of a lemon
1 tbs combined grated zest and juice of an orange
320g icing sugar (pure), sifted

Place all filling ingredients into a small bowl of an electric mixer and mix well, slowly at first, then increasing speed to fluff up mixture. Add a couple of extra drops of juice if you think the mix is too dry. Spread generous amounts of filling onto cooled cookies and sandwich together to form 'yo-yo's'. Enjoy!


  1. great recipe thanks so much for kids have gone on an anti-muffin campaign so they kids will love these (especially the icing :)

  2. Something must be in the air, my kids are anti-muffin at the moment as well.
    These look delicious. Is 8am too early for dunking yo-yos into tea?

  3. They look fantastic & mighty tasty!


    Lovely filled cookies!

  4. It's funny, Killiecrankie and Brydie, - the way kids' go through eating phases. These were more for a bunch of hungry women this time around, although there were still some leftover, so the kids got to dive in to their upmost delight! :)

    Thankyou, Sophie! :)

  5. Fabulous, Chris! I've never made these before - thanks for the recipe! Did you use pure icing sugar, or icing sugar mix? Thanks..

  6. I used pure icing sugar, Celia - more of a sugar hit, and I think the icing sets better than the mix. :)

  7. Real yo yos used to always have custard poweder - but I notice you have cornflour and this is the same only not a yellow colour. My recipe for melting moments (from Scottish wartime cookbook) has something similar to this recipe but rolled in cornflakes. Now you have inspired me (again!)

  8. I've only ever known yo-yo's from the packet so these to me would be melting moments. Whatever you call them they look truly delightful - somehow spring like. I'm imagining afternoon tea from proper cups and saucers and pretty pot in the garden to with these.

  9. It's interesting all the variations on one recipe, Mum. It never would've occurred to me to roll them cornflakes!

    You are quite right, Sarah, there is nothing nicer than 'proper' afternoon tea with teapots, cups and saucers (and a tea cozy!). Another thing to keep a look out for in opp. shops! :)

  10. I always think of melting moments as just a posh version of yo-yos. Your yo-yos look delicious.I bet they didn't last long.

  11. That's an interesting way of looking at it, Tracy. This recipe is a reliable one, and no, they don't last long at all! :)


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