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Easy Lemon Cookies Recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 32 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 87kcal
With summer just around the corner, there's no better time to enjoy a homemade lemon cookie! Each bite of these soft drizzled cookies is bursting with fresh lemon flavor.
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For the Cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest

For the Glaze

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed


To make the cookies

  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, using an electric handheld mixer, cream butter and sugar till smooth.
  • Add egg yolks, vanilla, lemon juice and zest and whisk till smooth and combined.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in 2 batches, whisking just until combined after each addition.
  • Chill batter in the fridge for 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • Roll 1 tbsp of batter into balls and place onto the prepared tray, 2 inches apart. Flatten balls slightly if you desired flatter cookies.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes, till the edges are beginning to turn golden.
  • When done, cool on a wire rack to room temperature.

To make the glaze

  • In a small bowl, mix the icing sugar with the lemon juice, 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached i.e. thin enough to drizzle.

For assembly:

  • Drizzle lemon glaze over cooled cookies in desired pattern. Leave for 10 minutes to allow glaze to set.



Unfrosted cookies keep well in an airtight container for 4-5 days. Frost only when ready to serve.


Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg