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5 from 2 votes

Lemon Cookies

Glazed lemon cookies - soft baked sugar cookies topped with a fresh lemon glaze. The perfect light and sweet dessert for Spring & Summer. These are melt-in-your-mouth good! 
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 Cookies
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Lemon icing for cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-3 tsp water


  • Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the egg yolks, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt. Then slowly mix in flour. Mix just until combined.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Then press down with a cup. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly golden. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.
  • To make the lemon icing for cookies, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice in a medium size bowl. Add a teaspoon of water at a time, until you reach a nice and smooth glaze. Then drizzle or spoon on top of the cookies. Allow the glaze to set before serving. Enjoy!


Slighted adapted from The Cookies and Cups Cookbook


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 18mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.5mg