Yo-Yo’s with Lemon Filling


I made these the other night…and they’re delicious. I don’t think I know anyone that doesn’t love a yo-yo! Or do you call them a melting moment? Maybe even a custard cream…

I can never tell the difference or rather, never really *thought* about the difference between the two. It wasn’t until someone said to me:

“Ah, you made melting moments!”

“Err, well, no, they’re yo-yo’s”…

I’ve heard many things since.

The truth is there is very little difference between the two, except apparently for a yo-yo to be a true yo-yo, it needs to have custard powder in the biscuit mixture. Others say that melting moments are just much softer in texture.

I also think it might be another case of what household you grew up in, or what side of the world you dwell on, like plenty of other things in life!

What I do know for sure is that they are both nearly shortbread-like biscuits with lemony icing sandwiched between.

Whether you call them a yo-yo or a melting moment, this recipe is sure to please! Enjoy.

Thanks to The New Zealand Herald for the recipe.

Yo-Yo’s with Lemon Filling
Makes 18

  • 170g butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup custard powder

Lemon filling

  • 50g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 Tbs custard powder
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease or line an oven tray with baking paper.

Cream the butter, icing sugar and vanilla together until pale.

Sift the flour and custard powder together then gently fold into the creamed mixture. Roll teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls, flatten slightly then place on the tray. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool.

To make the filling; beat all the ingredients together until smooth then use to sandwich the biscuits together. If you like, you can dust with icing sugar before serving. Enjoy!

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12 thoughts on “Yo-Yo’s with Lemon Filling

  1. What’s in a name?! I don’t care what you call them these are one of my favourite biscuits. Funnily enough, I’ve never made them and have been thinking a lot over the last couple of weeks about looking out for a recipe to try them, so your post couldn’t have come at a better time – I’m going to try these on the weekend.

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