Glazed Lemon Cookies

By Maria Lichty

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Quick Summary

Lemon Cookies- soft, buttery lemon cookies with a simple lemon glaze. These sweet and tart cookies are light, refreshing, and the perfect treat for any occasion.

lemon cookies with lemon glaze stacked on a cooling rack.

I love lemon everything: lemon cake, lemon bars, lemon bread, and of course lemon cookies!

If you are a lemon lover like me, get ready to jump for joy because these Glazed Lemon Cookies are DREAMY!

I make these cookies all the time during the spring and summer months. They’re soft and buttery with a hint of lemon and a sweet, tart glaze.

This lemon cookie recipe is a crowd pleaser. The cookies make a great dessert for parties, potlucks, bridal showers, baby showers, or any occasion.

Every day is a good day for lemon cookies! They are guaranteed to brighten any day!

lemon cookies with lemon glaze in white loaf pan.

You only need a lemon and some basic cookie ingredients to make these bright and cheery cookies. You should have most of these ingredients in your pantry!

  • All-purpose flour– fluff, spoon, and level your flour. Never pack flour or you will end up with dry cookies.
  • Baking powder– check the date to make sure it is fresh!
  • Salt– a must in all cookies!
  • Granulated sugar– for sweetness!
  • Lemon zest– Always wash lemons before using. Zest with a microplane.
  • Unsalted butter– I use unsalted butter so I can control the salt in the recipe.
  • Egg– Use a large egg, preferably at room temperature.
  • Vanilla extract– I always use pure vanilla extract. The good stuff!
  • Confectioner’s sugar– Also known as powdered sugar and what we need to make the glaze!
  • Lemon juice– Use fresh lemon juice, not the bottled stuff! Juice the lemon you zested!
lemon cookies being dipped in a bowl of lemon glaze.

How to Make Lemon Cookies

Let’s get baking! (Scroll down to the recipe card for ingredients and full recipe).

  • Preheat the oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat. Set aside.
  • Whisk your dry ingredients in a small bowl until it’s nice and fluffed. Set aside for later!
  • In another small bowl, add the granulated sugar and lemon zest. Rub them together with your fingers until it’s all incorporated and fragrant. Rubbing together the sugar and lemon zest really maximizes the lemon flavor. Don’t skip this step!
  • Beat the butter together with the sugar and lemon mixture until it’s light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla extract, then continue beating until everything is smooth.
  • Put the mixer on a low speed and slowly beat in the dry ingredients until everything is blended. Don’t over mix! Once the dough forms, turn off the mixer.
  • Drop the dough in one-tablespoon scoops onto the baking sheets. Space them 2 inches apart and gently flatten the dough with the palm of your hand or the back of a spoon.
  • Bake until the cookies are slightly golden brown. Don’t over bake. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for 2 minutes before transferring them onto a cooling rack.
  • To make the lemon glaze, whisk confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice together until it’s smooth. Dip each cookie top into the glaze and let the cookies sit until the glaze is set.
glazed lemon cookies stacked on cooling rack.

How to Store

Once the glaze is set, you can store the cookies in an airtight container for up to four days on the counter.

If you are going to stack the cookies, make sure you put a piece of parchment paper or wax paper in between the layers so the cookies don’t stick together.

If you live in a hot and humid location, you might want to store the cookies in the refrigerator, so the glaze stays set.

How to Freeze

You can freeze lemon cookies. Place the cooled cookies in a freezer-safe container or bag. If you are stacking the cookies, make sure you put a piece of parchment paper or wax paper between the layers. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Freezing is great if you have an event coming up and you want to get ahead on baking. And let’s be real, having cookies in the freezer is ALWAYS a good idea

glazed lemon cookies on counter with lemon slice.
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Glazed Lemon Cookies

Soft, buttery lemon cookies with a simple lemon glaze. These sweet and tart cookies are light, refreshing, and the perfect treat for any occasion.
4.66 from 292 votes


For the Cookies:

For the glaze:


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, add granulated sugar and lemon zest. Rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingers, until fragrant.
  • Beat butter and sugar/lemon mixture together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Store the cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days. You can also freeze the cookies for up to 3 months. 


Calories: 105kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 35mg, Potassium: 17mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 164IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. Yum Maria!!! I’ve been obsessed with lemon desserts throughout my pregnancy. I must make these 🙂

  2. These cookies are just beautiful Maria! I love lemon desserts and have been looking for a good lemon cookie recipe. I can’t wait to make these. 🙂

  3. I’ve been thinking about lemon cookies since the last time you posted some! Looks like I have a new recipe to try!

  4. Lovely cookies, and I love the lemon flavor! They look so soft, buttery and absolutely delicious.

  5. I bet these taste amazing! They almost look too delicate to eat! Nonsense I’m sure 😉

  6. These sound like the perfect spring time cookie! Lemon is one of my favorite ingredients this time of the year!
    Hope you had a great Easter!

  7. I love lemon! What appeals to me most in this recipe is the glaze. I can only imagine how delicious it really is. I was taken aback to see that lemon is so popular-my lemonade is the most viewed post on my blog. I think that’s a little nuts! Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

  8. Yummy!!! 😀 I really enjoyed these cookies you sent home with us when we came to visit you. They are definitely delicious! I don’t think I will try to make them, because they won’t taste as good ;o)

  9. These look so refreshing. Definitely could use a little of that on this gloomy day!

  10. These look phenomenal! It seems that I can never have enough sugar cookies recipes – how fun to have a new one to try! Beautiful picture also, it makes my mouth water!

  11. You are right, these would be perfect for a bridal shower or picnic, the perfect sweet treat! Saving yet another recipe of yours!:)

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

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

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

  18. 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

  19. 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!

  20. 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. 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!

    1. 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.

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

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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 !)

  26. 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. 🙂

  27. 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! =)

  28. 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?

  29. 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.

  30. 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!!

  31. 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

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

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

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

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

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

  40. Delicious! Perfectly flavored, moist and cheery! Reminded me of our grandmother’s Italian lemon cookies. I made them for Christmas, but will definitely make them for Easter as well.

  41. I have made these cookies several times now. They are always a hit. The glaze is the perfect amount and the lemon flavor is dreamy. These cookies melt in your mouth.  Thanks so much for sharing my new favorite lemon cookie and putting a smile on my face They definitely make any day of the week a little more special.

  42. Hi! I can’t wait to make these! They look delicious!! Will the glaze set enough to be able to stack them for packing? Thanks!

  43. These cookies are so good. The first time I made them I followed the instructions to drop by spoonfuls and flatten with my hand. Still tasty, but aesthetics were not the best. The second time I rolled them out and cut into even circles. They were prettier and had a better bake. I also added more zest than the recipe calls for and a bit of fresh lemon juice to the dough. The glaze is delicious and adds a nice tart note after biting into the cookie. Thank you so much for sharing such a fantastic recipe. I get multiple requests for it!

  44. 5 stars
    I made these cookies today and they ate absolutely delicious. I’m usually not a big cookie eater but, I can’t stop eating these.

  45. 4 stars
    This was delicious! First time making it for my book club and everyone loved it. A clear winner. Just add a little more poweeed sugar to thicken the glaze a bit. 

  46. Made these for a cookie exchange and everyone loved it. Even won best cookie with them. I love them. And they aren’t too over powered lemon.

  47. My family loved these cookies and they were gone in no time!  Super easy, I decorated my cookies with yellow sugar and white crystals.  

  48. Dear TwoPeas: what is the best way to store these without freezing? I’d love to make them for Easter but I won’t be baking until Thurs-Fri and I fear they will stale by Sunday. Any storage pointers? Thank you and happy Easter!

  49. 5 stars
    Thanks for another wonderful recipe! These are SO delicious. I made a batch for work but had to make a second batch because after doing some ‘quality control’ my boyfriend told me they were “way too good to take to work”. Thankfully it’s a pretty easy recipe so it wasn’t too much of a burden! They also got rave reviews at work 🙂

  50. 5 stars
    So so good, I will only add that I make the icing exactly as it says. Even measuring out the lemon juice and it was way too thick to dip the cookies into. I squeeze about a half lemon more and just stirred in icing sugar until it was running enough to drip over the top and had much more success 

  51. I’m going to make these cookies for a teacher, but first I have a question- can I add some yellow food coloring to the glaze?  These cookies look great and I can’t wait to try them!

  52. 5 stars
    I was bored and found this recipe and i love baking and tart flavor, so  i thought why not? I made the and they were so easy! They came out an amazing texture and delicious taste! I definitely would recommend this recipe to any pro or amateur! 

  53. 5 stars
    I made these for a tea party yesterday and they were a huge hit. Thanks for sharing the recipe. 

  54. If you like lemon, this is the recipe. Subtle lemon flavor. Not over powering. Delicious! I just made them for the first time and this will be one of the recipes I use for weddings, Christmas, all occasions!

  55. 4 stars
    Easy recipe with a light lemony flavor. I added 1 Tablespoon of water to the batter.

    My glaze was a bit thin & I thought it would set, which it didn’t. However, a delicious light cookie.

  56. Making these tonight for my youth group! 😀 Is there any way to make them gluten free? I’m planning on doing half regular and half GF. 😉

  57. 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.

  58. 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!

  59. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe! Such a good flavor, lovely texture. I made these as Christmas cookies this year and they were a hit.

    1. What is the serving size? Is it 105 calories per cookie? They look delicious! I just want to make sure I log them right.

  60. 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!!

  61. 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!

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

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

  65. 5 stars
    These are a tender cookie with a refreshing burst of lemon. Loved them and will definitely make again.

  66. 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)!

  67. 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!

  68. 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!

  69. 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.

  70. 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. ☺️

  71. 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.

  72. 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!

  73. 5 stars
    During this hard time in life and Spring approaching I needed something to do and something refreshing, this recipe has it all ❤

  74. 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!!

  75. 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. 🙂

  76. 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.

  77. 5 stars
    So so yummy. They smell delicious from the start and the taste is equally as good. Not too hard to make either.

  78. 5 stars
    These are perfect! Soft inside and crispy on the outside, perfect lemon flavor! My family devoured them!!

  79. 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!

  80. What could you substitute for an egg in this recipe? They look amazing and would like to try them! Thanks!

    1. I’ve never made them without egg. You can try a flax egg, but again, I have never tried it.

  81. I love just about anything lemon. I’ve never made lemon cookies but these sound so good, as well as your lemon shortbread cookies. I will definitely make these. So glad these popped up in my email.

    Hope you and your family are all doing well during the pandemic.

    Thanks for sharing!

  82. For freezing these cookies, would you advise freezing them with or without the glaze? Thinking about making these as part of the dessert bar for my daughter’s wedding in honor of her paternal grandfather who passed away, but always loved the old Archway Lemon Frosted Cookies. 🙂

    1. You can freeze them with or without, but if you are serving them for a wedding I would freeze them without and then glaze to make sure they are perfectly pretty:) Congrats to your family on the wedding, so sweet!

    1. I was wondering wgg Hf at an ideal option for gluten free would be for this recipe I have a family full of gluten intolerant tummy’s
      Any suggestions?
      Thank you

    2. My other reply seriously needed to be edited
      I was trying to ask if you had suggestions for gluten intolerant tummies my whole family is gluten intolerant? I have made the original recipe and it’s fantastic but I have family who would like to enjoy it but need a gluten free alternative
      Thank you

  83. 5 stars
    I had purchased a bag of meyer lemons and wanted to bake something with them, and tada your recipe popped up! This recipe was easy to make, loved the technique of rubbing the zest into the sugar and then adding to the butter – so fregrant.
    I chose to make the glaze thin, didn’t want “frosting” like added – just as yummy. I love lemons – thank you for this recipe.

    1. Do you think these cookies could be rolled out and pressed? I want to make these but in the shape of snowmen for Christmas!

  84. 5 stars
    Best lemon cookies I’ve ever had! I brought them into work, and everyone loved them. I added fresh raspberries to the glaze and it turned out really well. The raspberry compliment the buttery lemon flavor of the cookie nicely. Super easy to make, perfect for summer!

  85. made these for my girlfriends birthday… she loves everything lemon. they were SO good! gonna try them again using lime.. my husband likes lime a lot hes not a huge lemon fan, however it didn’t keep him from “testing” at least four of these lemon cookies! printing the recipe now for easy access. you never disappoint!

  86. 5 stars
    I have made these cookies so many times following the recipe exactly. EVERYONE absolutely loves them. If you like lemon…and you like cookies…you won’t be able to get enough of these.

  87. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe but added 1/2 tsp of lemon extract and a pouch of True Lemon lemonade powder to make them extra lemony. They came out perfect. Will definitely make again.

  88. 5 stars
    I made these cookies last year and all of my friends and family went crazy for them. This was the first kind they requested I make this year!
    I normally make about 14 different kinds of cookies but, I’m afraid I’ll have to cut back this year due to my declining health.
    Perhaps some of my wonderful grandchildren will donate dear ole grams a few hours of their time, after all the cookies are for them!

  89. 5 stars
    Oh My Goodness, these cookies are sooo good, a nice soft cookie with a lemony glaze. Absolutely delicious. I made them again tonight but i used orange zest & the orange juice for the glaze. I’m hooked, recipe is a keeper…thanks for sharing.

  90. 5 stars
    Seriously delicious. So light, fresh and the right mix of sweet and tangy. Watch out though; they are a bit addictive and you don’t feel the calories. Thanks so much for this lovely recipe!

  91. 5 stars
    Fabulous as always! I ended up using more lemon juice to get the consistence I wanted and even a drop or two of water in the icing.

  92. 5 stars
    I have made these lemon cookies several times and they are always a big hit!
    I don’t smash mine before cooking and use a small scoop for perfect sized bites of lemony clouds!
    Also letting the butter and sugar mix on medium for 10 minutes, makes them extra fluffy and the finished cookies is a puffy, tangy, sweet, lemon cloud!

  93. 5 stars
    This is an excellent recipe, the cookies are delicious. The recipe is well written and easy to make and follow! Thank you!

  94. These are DELICIOUS cookies! I added a bit more lemon zest and sugar and I used weed butter to give a nice BUZZZZZ!

  95. Yes this cookie is addicting and have made many times
    I do double the recipe and freeze half for a later date.
    I shape the cookie then freeze in ziplock freezer bag. To bake I defrost in
    fridge then bake accordingly to recipe. They turn out wonderful.
    Thanks again❤️

  96. 5 stars
    Wonderful recipe!!! Came out moist and soft, and I used King Arthur “fiori di sicilia” flavoring in place of vanilla and it worked with lemon zest! My granddaughter requested these and now I know why!!!

  97. 5 stars
    I doubled the recipe and used 1/2 cup less sugar and 1/2 less icing, and it’s delicious. I brought it to book club tonight and although very few indulged, I got texts an hour after everyone was home telling me how great the cookies (they pocketed) goes with tea, and also how it tastes like sunny day in spring with their gin and grapefruit juice. This is the first time I made this recipe, thank you.

  98. 5 stars
    These yummy lemon cookies were a hit with my family. The extra flavor lended by the lemon zest pushes these to the next level. They were delicious but were even better the next day!

  99. 5 stars
    I loveee these cookies! they have become my signature for any summer party. I’ve taken them to cookouts, graduation parties, and barbecues. They always stand out and I never have any leftover 😉

    Just 2 tips to make it even better – (1) replacing half the flour with almond flour makes them even more soft and cakey with another layered summer flavor, my family loves it this way!! (2) I also like to let the dough sit in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours and sometimes overnight; because it can be quite sticky so it helps me handle the dough when making them into cookies and also evens out the butter distribution so this is actually a really good technique for just about any cookie you make.

    They come out so perfectly and only taste better as days go on. Thanks for this recipe Maria!!

    1. OH!! I forgot to add another tip – I also dry out some zest in the oven and then sprinkle it on top of the glaze before it sets on the cookie which ads a decorative touch and some extra lemony flavor 🙂

  100. 5 stars
    So easy to make and delicious!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! This will be my to go recipe to make for the office.

  101. 5 stars
    These cookies are the best! I’ve been making them for a few years now and they have become a staple and a crowd favorite. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  102. 5 stars
    Excellent….All ingredient amounts spot-on! I added mini chocolate chips for my chocoholic husband and used Rumford low sodium baking powder although these are quite low in sodium according to the recipe. Thanks for a recipe I will definitely use again!

  103. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness this recipe is PERFECTION. I had been craving lemon cookies for some reason and decided to go with this recipe for the first time. These cookies are flawless. They get crispy around the edges and stay soft and cakey in the middle. And the glaze is just simple and perfect. Exactly what I was looking for and I will be making these ALL THE TIME!! Thank you!!!

  104. 5 stars
    I made these over the weekend and gave them out at church on Sunday to bring some sunshine to our LOOOOOOONG MN winter. The cookies were just as described – wonderfully buttery and lemony! The perfect amount of both. I will for SURE make these again and that is saying something for someone who doesn’t think a cookie is much of a cookie unless there is chocolate in it! I noticed on person added mini chocolate chips but I think I will still leave them “chocolateless.” My only struggle was with the lemon zest. I don’t know how many lemons to use to make 2Tbl of zest. I googled around and found someone who said use 2 medium. I was a little short so next time will get 2 large. Even with being short, the flavor was wonderful. Thank you for all the good recipes!

    1. Thanks Jan! I read your comment and got three small/medium lemons – really appreciate it!

  105. 5 stars
    I needed to make dairy free cookies, so I substituted vegan butter sticks for the real butter here. I was a little nervous because these cookies seem to depend on the buttery flavor, but they were FANTASTIC! Very well received by a few different groups of all ages! I highly recommend these cookies, even with a non-dairy butter replacement.

  106. 5 stars
    Fantastic cookies. Only difference I made was using Country Crock Plant Butter with Olive Oil. I try to get not so much saturated fat.
    Thank you for all the great recipes.

  107. 5 stars
    I made these for my teen grandkids. Loved by the entire family! Great recipe and easy to make.

  108. 5 stars
    Made these yesterday as part of a cookie box and they are so good! I had tried another recipe first which was so bland and dry. I knew I couldn’t serve them. I made yours on a whim with fingers crossed and was so pleased! Bonus: no weird ingredients, so I didn’t have to run out last minute to get anything else.

    These were easy to make with just a bowl and a fork (my preferred utensil for cookie mixing), and baked up into perfectly round puffy little cookies. I sprinkled the glaze with little white nonpareils and they looked so pretty.

    Best part is they actually taste delicious. I ate 3 in a row because they are so light with a lovely lemony flavor. My recipients loved them too.

    Thanks for another reliable, easy, perfect recipe!

  109. hi im very excited to make these for a picnic! i’m just curious if adding a tiny bit of strawberry purée would enhance these or be overpowering? maybe in the glaze?

  110. 5 stars
    I have made these cookies to the exact recipe countless times since 2016. They have become notorious in my family as THE lemon cookies. I love lemon which is why I initially sought out this recipe but the flavor is buttery sweet enough to please even my non-lemon obsessed family members. I have taken these to baby showers, wedding showers and family dinners and they are always well received. I have subbed lemon for orange/lime juice and zest in a pinch but I prefer the lemon. I have doubled it and frozen a batch. I have doubled it and shared a batch. I have doubled it and watched all 6 dozen tiny perfect cookies get gobbled up. This recipe is one you’ll need to save.

  111. 5 stars
    I tried 4 other lemon cookie recipes this week, 3 found online and one from a “Best Cookies” cookbook. I bake a lot, and tho they all turned out OK, none were really good, and not good enough to take as requested to a party tomorrow night. So, your recipe was my last try to get a really, really good lemon cookie. Thank You!! These are great. Definitely worth keeping your recipe and will make again. My only change was doubling the lemon zest to 4 TB. Very tasty, moist, east to handle. Know my friends will enjoy these!

  112. 4 stars
    I had a great time making it, but the end result turned out to be a bit dry. I realized that I skipped the glaze, which could be the reason for it. Nonetheless, it was a decent outcome.

  113. 5 stars
    Absolutely delish!! I was looking for a light, summer cookie and I found it! They didn’t last long, will double recipe next time 🙂

  114. 5 stars
    A friend gave us some lemons so I made these wonderful cookies today — been wanting to try this recipe as my family loves lemon baked goods. They are out of this world, and the recipe turns out perfectly exactly as written (not overly sweet tasting). This is definitely going to be a repeat recipe, and it’s a great one to take when attending potlucks, etc.

  115. 5 stars
    I made these exactly as instructed and they came out good. A little too olive oil tasting for me but still very good nonetheless. Next time I might try melted butter, but aside from that wouldn’t change anything else. The raw consistency of the cookie dough / batter is surprising loose so I was pleasantly surprised at the baked consistency, which is chewy and heavenly. The lemon glaze makes it all pop. Definitely a do-over. Thank you for sharing.