Lemon Cookies with Pretty Lemon Glaze

Lemon Cookies with Pretty Lemon Glaze
Lemon Cookies with Pretty Lemon Glaze

We’re celebrating all issues spring over right here and I wished to deliver you a simple, seasonal dessert recipe for your entire celebrations. Often, my lemon bars are all the rage, however why not lemon cookies, too? Particularly in the event that they’re glazed with a stunning lemon icing.

These scrumptious do-it-yourself gentle lemon cookies are a mix of a gentle lemon cookie and a sugar cookie. They’re completely candy with tender middles and crispy edges and have really grow to be a household favourite cookie over time!

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The story behind these lemon cookies

This lemon cookie recipe was impressed by my Italian orange cookies, which aren’t overly candy, however nonetheless stuffed with unimaginable citrus taste and certainly one of my favourite cookies on the location.

These cookies are a bit totally different as a result of they’re gentle and chewy within the center, however nonetheless provide you with barely crispy golden brown edges like an everyday sugar cookie. I examined them 5 instances to get absolutely the excellent lemon cookie, so I hope you’re keen on them as a lot as we do!

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Elements in one of the best lemon cookies

These straightforward lemon cookies have the proper chewy texture plus candy, barely tart taste from each contemporary lemon juice and lemon zest. Listed below are the substances you’ll want:

  • Flour: these cookies name for normal, all purpose flour. Easy!
  • Baking powder: we’re utilizing baking powder (not baking soda) on this recipe as a result of we wish the cookies to be each gentle and chewy just like gentle sugar cookies!
  • Softened butter: I choose to make use of salted butter in my cookie recipes as a result of a little bit extra salt all the time provides extra taste, nonetheless, unsalted butter additionally works. Be sure that the butter is at room temperature earlier than you bake with it. I like to recommend taking it out of the fridge an hour or two earlier than baking these cookies.
  • Sugar: common granulated sugar is finest on this recipe.
  • Egg: you’ll want one egg, and it’s finest if the egg is at room temperature earlier than you bake with it.
  • Recent lemon zest and juice: for that completely tart lemon taste with out having to make use of any lemon extract.
  • Almond extract: a touch of almond extract (as an alternative of vanilla extract) brings out unimaginable taste in these lemon cookies. Don’t skip it!
  • For the lemon glaze: you’ll want some powdered sugar, a little bit extra contemporary lemon juice, and almond extract. It’s mild and oh so beautiful. You’ll need to put it on every part.

Make these into lemon poppy seed cookies

If you wish to make these lemon poppyseed cookies, merely add 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds to the dry substances and make as directed. Yum!

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Can I make them gluten free?

I’ve not examined these lemon cookies with a gluten free flour, however I believe an all purpose gluten free flour, chickpea flour, or quinoa flour would work effectively. You might simply get a special taste. A gluten free all function flour might be finest.

In any other case, strive my paleo lemon poppy seed cookies for the proper grain free & gluten free different!

make vegan lemon cookies

I believe these cookies would work effectively with a ‘flax egg‘ too if you wish to make them vegan. Make sure to additionally use a vegan buttery stick instead of the butter, similar to Earth Stability.

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Ideas & methods for excellent lemon cookies

Listed below are a few of my suggestions to verify your lemon cookies come out excellent:

  • Use parchment paper. Be sure that so as to add parchment paper to your baking sheet to verify the cookies don’t follow the pan.
  • Use an electrical mixer. It’s finest to make use of an electrical mixer for this recipe so to beat the butter and sugar collectively till it’s good and fluffy. I like this hand mixer or this KitchenAid mixer, which is effectively definitely worth the funding!
  • Use room temp substances. Be sure that your butter is softened to room temperature and never melted. I like to recommend taking it out of the fridge an hour or two earlier than baking these cookies. Don’t try to melt your butter within the microwave — if you happen to do that the cookies is not going to end up accurately! Make sure to additionally use a room temperature egg by working it beneath heat water for a minute or two in order that it doesn’t coagulate with the butter.
  • Don’t pack your flour. Scoop your flour into the measuring cup after which stage it off with the flat finish of a butter knife. Study the strategy right here!
  • Cool earlier than glazing. Enable cookies to utterly cool earlier than glazing them in order that the glaze doesn’t soak into the cookies. In case you are in a rush and need to pace up the method you possibly can put the cookie sheet within the freezer for 10-Quarter-hour after baking.
  • Use contemporary lemon juice. Be sure you use freshly squeezed lemon juice for this recipe. Don’t use lemon focus, it’s too potent and bitter.
  • Don’t neglect the lemon zest! The lemon zest is essential to flavoring these lemon cookies, so don’t skip it. Here’s the inexpensive zester I like to recommend.

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Storing & freezing suggestions

  1. To retailer: look ahead to the icing to utterly harden on the cookies, then place them in an hermetic container in even layers. You possibly can place parchment paper in between every cookie layer in case you are involved with cookies sticking to at least one one other. Cookies will keep good for five days at room temperature in cooler climate. If humid, I like to recommend transferring cookies to the fridge in a glass container after a day or two.
  2. Freeze the dough earlier than baking. Merely roll your lemon cookies into dough balls and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill the dough within the freezer for half-hour. As soon as the cookie dough balls agency up, switch them to a reusable freezer-safe bag or container for as much as 3 months. When able to bake, merely bake the cookies as directed. You’ll probably simply want so as to add just a few additional minutes of baking time!
  3. Freeze baked cookies. Anticipate the cookies to chill utterly, then switch them to a reusable freezer-safe bag or container lined with wax or parchment paper. I like to position them in a single layer to keep away from any cookies breaking. Cookies will maintain effectively for as much as 2 months. As soon as able to eat, merely thaw out at room temperature, add the glaze and luxuriate in.

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Lemon Cookies with Pretty Lemon Glaze

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Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook dinner Time 11 minutes

Complete Time 31 minutes

Serves12 cookies

These beautiful lemon cookies are gentle within the center with crispy edges, and are scrumptious topped with a stunning lemon glaze. Add poppy seeds to those do-it-yourself lemon cookies to simply make them lemon poppyseed cookies! Lemon lovers will LOVE these cookies.


  • Dry substances:
  • 1 ¼ cup (150g) all function flour*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Non-compulsory: 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Moist substances
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) butter, softened at room temperature (do NOT use melted butter)**
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • Zest from 1 giant lemon (about 2-3 teaspoons)
  • 1 giant egg, at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • For rolling cookies:
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar, for rolling cookies
  • For the lemon glaze:
  • ½ cup (57g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon contemporary lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 levels F. Line a big baking sheet with parchment paper. Put aside.

  • In a big bowl, whisk collectively the flour, baking powder, poppy seeds (non-compulsory) and salt.

  • Within the bowl of an electrical mixer, add in softened butter, sugar and lemon zest; beat on excessive for two minutes. Subsequent add in egg and almond extract. Beat for 1 minute till effectively mixed. (It’s SUPER necessary the egg is at room temperature. To attain this, simply run it beneath heat water for 1 minute).

  • Slowly add within the dry substances and contemporary lemon juice and blend on medium low pace till effectively mixed.

  • Use a medium cookie scoop to seize the dough, then use your palms to roll dough right into a circle. Roll in sugar, then place on ready baking sheet. Repeat, leaving no less than 2 inches between every dough ball.

  • Bake for 11-14 minute or till edges are barely golden brown. Take away from oven and permit to chill 5 minutes on baking sheet earlier than transferring to a wire rack to complete cooling.

  • As soon as cookies are utterly cooled, you possibly can glaze them. Make the glaze by including powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon contemporary lemon juice and almond extract in a medium bowl. Stir to mix. You might want so as to add in additional lemon juice if the glaze is just too thick (begin with a teaspoon at a time). Glaze must be considerably thick. 

  • Spoon about ½ tablespoon of glaze to every cookie and use a spoon to unfold round. Get pleasure from! Makes 12 cookies.

Recipe Notes

*To make cookies gluten free: I recommend utilizing an all function gluten free flour similar to Bob’s Purple Mill 1:1 baking flour. I additionally suppose chickpea flour or quinoa flour would work very effectively however you could get a special taste. You can too strive my paleo lemon poppy seed cookies, that are grain & gluten free.
**To make cookies dairy free: Be at liberty to make use of a vegan buttery stick, similar to Earth Stability.
To make cookies vegan: Use a flax egg and a softened vegan buttery stick (similar to Earth Stability).
If you wish to use coconut sugar on this recipe, I recommend solely utilizing it within the cookies themselves. Personally, I believe it overpowers the lemon taste an excessive amount of. Do NOT roll the cookies in coconut sugar; it doesn’t have the identical consistency.


Serving: 1cookie with glazeEnergy: 165calCarbohydrates: 26.9gProtein: 1.4gFats: 6.1gSaturated Fats: 3.7gFiber: 0.5gSugar: 17.4g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Formidable Kitchen | Pictures by: Eat Love Eats

This publish was initially revealed on March 26, 2020, republished on April 2, 2021, and republished on April twenty first, 2024.