Glazed Lemon Cookies

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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.

glazed lemon cookies stacked on a cooling rack

Lemon lovers 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.

These cookies are always a crowd pleaser. They make a great dessert for parties, potlucks, bridal showers, baby showers, or any occasion.

Our family makes them just because they are super delicious. Every day is a good day for lemon cookies! They make every day brighter!

lemon cookies with lemon glaze in pan

Cookie Ingredients

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– Wash and zest your lemon 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 lemon glaze

How to Make Glazed Lemon Cookies

Let’s get baking!

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat. Set aside.
  • Whisk your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) 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 for 12 to 14 minutes, or 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 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.

You can freeze the 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 the cookies 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

More Lemon Cookie Recipes

Glazed Lemon Cookies

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.

4.87 from 45 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes


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 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4-5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 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.
Nutrition Facts
Glazed Lemon Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 35mg1%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 164IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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 🙂

  11. 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 

  12. 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!

  13. 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! 

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

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