Two Peas and Their Pod

Glazed Lemon Cookies

We hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. We spent Easter in California with Josh’s family. It was nice to be surrounded by family, friends, and of course tasty food. I hope you haven’t overdosed on Easter candy, because I have a sweet recipe for you today-Glazed Lemon Cookies.  These cookies are light, refreshing, and perfect for spring.

Lemon Glazed Cookies on The BEST lemon cookies!

I make these cookies frequently during the spring and summer months. The cookies are soft and buttery with a hint of lemon. The lemon glaze adds a sweet and tart finish to these cheery cookies. These glazed lemon cookies make a great dessert for picnics, bbq’s, and showers. I’ve made them several times for friend’s bridal or baby showers. Everyone adores them.

If you need to add a little sunshine into your Monday, make a batch of Glazed Lemon Cookies. I am sure they will put a smile on your face. Enjoy!

Glazed Lemon Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
4-5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


1. Preheat the oven to 35o degrees F. Line two baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk and set aside.

3. In a small bowl, add granulated sugar and lemon zest. Rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingers, until fragrant.

4. Beat butter and sugar/lemon mixture together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.

5. Slowly beat in flour mixture on low speed until blended. Drop dough by tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Gently flatten dough with the palm of your hand.

6. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are just set and slightly golden brown. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 2 minutes and transfer to cooking racks. Cool completely.

7. In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice. Dip each cookie top into the lemon glaze. Let cookies sit until icing has set.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

If you like Glazed Lemon Cookies, you might also like:

Lemon Sugar Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Zesty Lemon Cookies from Real Mom Kitchen
Lemon Drop Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Lemon Sandwich Cookies from How To Simplify

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126 Responses to “Glazed Lemon Cookies”

  1. bridget {bake at 350} — April 26, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    So pretty…and I bet they are delicious!

  2. megan @ whatmegansmaking — April 27, 2011 @ 5:40 am

    You are my go-to place for lemon desserts! I think I’m going to make these for an upcoming wedding!

  3. Amy (Sing For Your Supper) — April 27, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Oh how beautiful! The perfect Spring cookie! I can’t wait to try them!

  4. paula hennig — April 28, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    Yum! So perfect for Spring!

  5. Kerstin — April 28, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

    So fresh and perfect for spring – yum!

  6. Stacy — April 28, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

    I’m licking my lips after polishing off yet another one of these Amazing cookies. It’s definitely going in the “save this recipe” pile.

  7. Perfect timing–I have a lemon in the fridge waiting to be used!

  8. Shannon — April 30, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    These are wonderful! My 8 year old just had one and said “Jackpot Mom!”. I’ll be making these again for sure! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Elle — May 3, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Lovely cookies! I adore anything lemony.

  10. Kit — May 4, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    What a great recipe! Cookies turned out fantastic! Thanks for sharing such a winner!

    • twopeas replied: — May 4th, 2011 @ 10:00 am

      You are very welcome! I am always happy to share:)

  11. Kristine — May 5, 2011 @ 6:03 am

    These look fantastic! If only I didn’t have to go to work in a few minutes, I might just go bake some right now.

  12. Kristina Vanni — May 7, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

    Suddenly I am craving a lemon cookie! How did that happen?

    Seriously, these photos are simply divine and I can’t wait to make the recipe. I just wanted to stop by your blog and say ‘hi’ :) We met at the ICBN event in NYC earlier this year. Also, I just added you to the Better Recipes blogroll! (Yep, I am a bit slow…) Hope all is well!

    • twopeas replied: — May 9th, 2011 @ 7:54 am

      Thanks for stopping by Kristina! Hopefully we can meet up again and soon:)

  13. Amanda — May 8, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    These look great Maria. I have a similar recipe and they are always tasty, yours look so pretty!

  14. Maggie Williams — May 9, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    I made these cookies on Mothers Day. They are so good. I am always on the hunt for a great lemon treat- I hope I remember these for my Christmas tray this year. Thanks

    • twopeas replied: — May 10th, 2011 @ 6:49 am

      Glad you liked the lemon cookies. They are good any time of year!

  15. Kandice — May 10, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    WOW. That’s all that can really be said about these lovelies! :-) They are now a family favorite…my mom even woke up at 3 am craving them after I had brought them to a family party. I tried them with lime instead of lemon too…yummy! I think I may try all the citrus varieties for some fun. Thanks for sharing!

    • twopeas replied: — May 11th, 2011 @ 6:44 am

      So happy you liked the cookies!

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  20. Melinda — November 12, 2011 @ 2:29 am

    These cookies will be my newest addition to my home-baked Christmas gifts! My grandmother bakes a lemon cake with the same glaze, and I can’t wait to bake these cookies for gifts. (If there are any left) Thanks!

  21. Melinda — November 14, 2011 @ 1:30 am

    I just made these cookies today. OMG, this has to be one of the very best recipes I have ever tried! Thank you for sharing!

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  23. Tina — February 20, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    Can you please let me know if these cookies can be frozen

    • Two Peas replied: — February 20th, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

      Yes! I freeze them before I put the glaze on. When I need them, I pull them out and let them come to room temperature and then I add the glaze.

  24. Kathy Martin — March 7, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    Made these yesterday…fabulous! Thanks!

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  26. Ashley — April 1, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    I made these for a baby shower and they were delicious!

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  31. Zhaniya B — August 1, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    I baked these and the glaze is so sweet and the cookie is very simple. A good snack for that sweet tooth

  32. Taylor — August 9, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    Just made them. They’re amazing! Just put four teaspoons of lemon juice into the glaze though. Five overpowered mine.

  33. Liz W — August 15, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

    I just made these today for my mom’s birthday, and they are SO good. I’ll be shipping them, and will see if they withstand the heatwave in the middle of this crazy summer. I also pinned it and got repins already. :) Thanks a bunch! I used 6 tsp of lemon juice and it was soo perfect! I’ll be checking out your other treats here!

  34. Desperate Poulette — September 22, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    Hi, I tried this fabulous recepy but it was to much liquid.
    So my cookies were flat !
    Where could this strange phenomenon comes from ???
    Thanks a lot (and sorry for my english !)

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  36. Limertilly — November 3, 2012 @ 5:07 am

    ooooh, i picked this recipe up months ago, and just never had occasion for it – made them last night for a baby shower thing today, and they are *gorgeous*. an utter doddle to make, even without a mixer, they look stunning, and the first guinea pig who tried one couldn’t even make words about how good they are – i just got a “mmmmm… MMMMMMM!!!!!” sort of sound. brilliant recipe. :)

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  39. Victoria Mobolaji — November 28, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    These cookies were very delicious, everyone in my family simply enjoyed it. Thank you so much for this.

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