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
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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”

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  2. Carolyn — December 23, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    these look and sound so delicious! Im baking a ton of cookies for christmas and needed something to brighten up my cookie platters! This recipe will definately add some PIZAZ! thanks for sharing! =)

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  5. Rebecca — February 18, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    Could you add a little food color to the glaze to make them more colorful, or would that mess up the composition & drying of the glaze?

    • Two Peas replied: — February 18th, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

      I haven’t tried adding food coloring, but it should be fine.

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  7. DawnK — March 21, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

    I made these cookies for my knitting group tonight. They loved them and couldn’t stop talking about them. I thought they were nice and chewy, just how I like cookies to be.

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  9. Addison Simon — March 29, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

    Made these and they turned out wonderful! Perfectly sweet and tangy at the same time. I added thinly sliced strawberries on top of the glaze and it added just a bit more sweetness and a cute look for spring. On the ones without strawberries I put a few pastel sprinkles. So cute and such a great recipe!!

  10. Kate — May 7, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

    I used this recipe for my friend’s birthday and she absolutely adored them! And i’m going to use it again for my friend’s graduation!! I would rate it at 500/100

  11. Erica — July 4, 2013 @ 10:38 pm

    I made these cookies for my last family bbq and everyone loved them! Great for a summer sweet treat. I just have to make sure to make a lot more next time- they ran out really fast!

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  13. Hadassa — September 18, 2013 @ 5:33 am

    I just made these cookies- they are the most amazing cookies I have ever made! I used freshly picked lemons from the lemon tree next to our house. Thanks for sharing this!

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  15. Denise — December 19, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    Have been looking for a lemon cookie that I could turn into a tangelo cookie and use the tangelos from my tree. This is a good one. I doubled the recipe, used my 1 tablespoon cookie scoop and wound up with 100 perfectly sized cookies. I also forgot to flatten the second tray of cookies and they still came out just fine. Didn’t bother to flatten the rest. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. Alexis — March 2, 2014 @ 9:30 am

    These taste like a lemon bar in a cookie! Just one quick question…how did you get yours so perfectly round? Cookie scoop?

    • Two Peas replied: — March 2nd, 2014 @ 9:35 am

      No, I just roll them into balls!

  18. Christina Carrick — April 10, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    I made these yesterday and they were DELICIOUS!!!!!! I did have to add more lemon juice to the glaze- I think i used 6 teaspoons. made just shy of 3 dozen. YUM! THank you!

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  21. Maria — May 30, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

    These were incredible I followed the recipe to a T with the exception that I put some leftover lemon zest into the icing. Wow this is a keeper, thank you!

  22. Cyndi — June 7, 2014 @ 11:35 pm

    I don’t eat white flour, can they be made with another kind of flour? I love lemon!!

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  24. Diane — July 25, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

    These look just like the Starbuck’s cookies and the independent coffee-house-by-my-house cookies! I hope they taste the same!

  25. Deena — July 29, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

    Thinking of making these for a bridal shower…can they be rolled out and cut into shapes?

    • Two Peas replied: — July 29th, 2014 @ 9:05 pm

      I haven’t tried rolling the dough out. Let me know if you try it!

  26. Julie Penoyer — August 5, 2014 @ 4:48 am

    I would love to make these cookies, where is the recipe?

    • Two Peas replied: — August 5th, 2014 @ 9:25 am

      The recipe is at the bottom of the post!

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  28. Tana — November 10, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

    Absolutely loved these cookies. Will make them over and over for years to come. New favorite. Thanks!

  29. Gerard — December 8, 2014 @ 5:41 am

    They look so Yum fresh and delectable. These are going on my Christmas menu for the family, see what they say about them.

  30. ginger — March 11, 2015 @ 6:02 pm

    Has anyone tried these gluten free? Thanks.

  31. Kirsten — July 4, 2015 @ 11:41 pm

    I made these tonight and they were very yummy. I

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  33. Anne @ Domesblissity — August 16, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

    Hi Maria. Just wanted to let you know that I recently tried this recipe but used orange and it was just beautiful. I’ve posted it today with a link back to this post. Thanks so much.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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