Glazed Lemon Cookies

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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

4.87 from 43 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
3 dozen cookies


For the 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.
  8. 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

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 5 stars
    Yup, this recipe is a keeper. The hubby & kids really loved the taste & texture. The cookies came out so nice and soft, and just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the glaze. My glaze did come out a bit runny, so next time I will use a bit less lemon juice. I sprinkled pink sugar crystals on top.

  2. 5 stars
    I have made these cookies SO many times. Absolutely amazing. I’m making them tonight for a “Friendsgiving” party, but I’m going to try a blueberry glaze instead. Hope it works!

  3. 4 stars
    These were absolutely fantastic! I added a lot more lemon zest and a tad less flour. I used cookie cutters to make the perfect round cookie. When I made the icing I added a tsp of butter and a splash of vanilla as well as 7 tsp lemon juice and a few tsp warm water. They turned out truly amazing. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  4. 4 stars
    I’ll be honest, after getting the dough together, I was a bit skeptical because it was pretty crumbly. After baking these and getting the glaze on, they are absolutely delicious. I am saving this recipe and will definitely remake them! 

    1. 5 stars
      I was thinking the same thing Cassidy W., but oh my are these cookies perfect in every way! What a beautiful cookie!

      So easy and so elegant! I love all the lemon in these!

      Thank you for this recipe!


      I followed the recipe exactly as written. 5 stars!

  5. 5 stars
    I have my grandkids over for dinner every Wednesday. I made these for dessert and everyone said they were the best lemon cookies they ever had! My hubby said he was only going to sneak one earlier today after I finished making them…and said he ended up eating 3 more! Good thing I made extra so they could take some home.

  6. 5 stars
    Such a satisfying recipe!! Everyone at my house and not coworkers who tried these cookies loved them! So soft and tangy with the glaze.

  7. Such a satisfying recipe!! Everyone at my house and my coworkers who tried these cookies loved them! So soft and tangy with the glaze.

  8. WOW! Where have you been hiding all my life with this recipe?!? These are THE best cookies! I haven’t even put the glaze on them yet. I just wanted to test one ya know? And, WOW! These are SO mouth wateringly good(if that’s even a word)!

  9. Hi! I made a batch of these cookies yesterday, and they are absolutely gone by now! It’s my new favourite and my mom’s and kid’s also. So light and balanced you can’t get enough, thank you so much for sharing!

  10. 5 stars
    Made these cookies to contribute to a traditional Italian Wedding Cookie table at a summer Wedding in Northern California Wine Country! They were a hit!

  11. This has become one of my favorite cookies to bring as a gift or to potlucks. The base recipe is perfect and I’ve done it with orange and lime as well as with lemon.

  12. 5 stars
    Of all the cookies in my family recipe box this one is named after my 13 year old son. He always asks for these cookies and I couldn’t thank you enough for giving him a cookie that he loves and can call his own. Now that he’s 13, he’s making these w/o Mom’s help this Christmas. ☺️

  13. I haven’t made them yet but would like to know how to store them or if they can be frozen since I’ll be traveling and need to bake 5 or 4 day’s ahead of my trip. Appreciate quick response since I already bought ingredients and want to make them. Thanks

    1. Yes, you can freeze the cookies. For best results, freeze the cookies unglazed and then glaze when defrosted.

  14. Has anybody used salted butter vs unsalted butter in this recipe? I thought I had unsalted but alas I was wrong. I don’t want to run to the grocery store – it’s 20 degrees with a wind chill of 8 degrees. (Sad face)

    1. 5 stars
      Thanks Maria! I waited for unsalted butter, made them today and they’re delicious! Exactly what I was hoping for in a lemon cookie! Thanks again for the recipe!

  15. 5 stars
    During this hard time in life and Spring approaching I needed something to do and something refreshing, this recipe has it all ❤

  16. 5 stars
    Love your cookies, I just finished making this recipe. I made 2 different lemon cookie recipes simultaneously and by far your recipe was the BEST!! I threw away the other lemon cookies! Thank you so much!!

  17. Time #3 making these! The first time I made them, they were even thicker than your picture. The last two times they’ve turned out like wafers. Still delicious, but definitely not the same. Can anyone tell me what’s going on? I don’t *think* I’m doing anything differently, and I’m really craving them. 🙂

  18. 5 stars
    Just made these….simple and tasty. I was hesitant about the outcome because the batter was very very thick. But I followed the recipe to the letter and the cookies turned out great.

  19. 5 stars
    So so yummy. They smell delicious from the start and the taste is equally as good. Not too hard to make either.

  20. 5 stars
    I make these cookies multiple times every year and I have yet to find a fault. They are buttery, not too crumbly and have a hint of tart from the glaze. 10 out of 10 would recommend!

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