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

4.85 from 40 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. 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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