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

5 from 1 vote
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. 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!

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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. 🙂

  12. 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! =)

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!

  16. 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

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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. 

  30. 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.

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

  32. 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!

  33. 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 🙂

  34. 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 

  35. 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!

  36. 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! 

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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!

  41. 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!!

  42. 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! 

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

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

  46. 5 stars
    These are a tender cookie with a refreshing burst of lemon. Loved them and will definitely make again.

  47. 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)!

  48. 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!

  49. 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!

  50. 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.

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