Lemon Cookies

Happy Mothers Day today :) Today’s recipe comes from my mother which is why I am so excited to share it with you!

These Lemon Cookies are so delicious. I normally am not a huge lemon dessert person… I know, crazy, right?! However, these cookies have the perfect hint of lemon to bring you a refreshing and flavorful bite each and every time.

My mom is the one responsible behind this recipe and I can’t get enough of them. I personally ate like 4 of these cookies in one sitting. I wish I were kidding. These cookies are soft and chewy and are topped with a light lemon glaze that completes the recipe. If you like lemon, heck- if you are like me and not lemon-crazy, you have to make these! You will love them and they are perfect for the spring and summer seasons with their fresh taste!

Lemon Cookies from chef-in-training.com …These cookies are soft, chewy and have the perfect hint of lemon in every bite!

4.9 from 42 reviews
Lemon Cookies
 
These cookies are soft, chewy and have the perfect hint of lemon in every bite!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2¼ cups flour
Lemon Glaze
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
  3. Add egg and beat in well.
  4. Add lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla and mix until well blended.
  5. Add salt, baking powder and flour and mix until well incorporated.
  6. Roll cookies into 1 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Space cookie dough balls about 2 inches apart from each other.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden on the edges of cookies.
  8. Combine glaze ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth glaze is formed. Drizzle as much as desired over slightly warmed cookies and let finish cooling completely before eating.
Notes
These cookies were made at high altitude. If you aren't baking at high altitude, you may need to decrease the flour by ¼ cup. Hope this helps :)

Enjoy!

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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    They look so pretty and thanks for the sweet story about your mom, too! And also for saying that you're not a huge lemon dessert person normally. Nor am I - which is crazytalk in blog world, I know - so that's nice to know that about you too :) pinned

  2. Veronica

    These look great! But, I do have a problem with the fact that people feel guilty about eating 4 cookies in a sitting. I have been known to eat the whole pan's worth (at least a dozen) at once; four seems to be a reasonable number, especially if they are good.

    1. Kori

      Veronica-I'm with you. We should hang out! LOL

    2. Sara

      <3 you!

  3. L C Ishida

    How many cookies does this recipe make?

  4. Claudia

    Question on lemon cookies any changes to the recipe for high altitude ? Just new to site so far like what I'm reading!

  5. Erika

    4

    Made these yesterday and they were a hit! I had to increase the baking time to 16 min. as 10 was not enough.

    Also, I would leave the lemon zest out of the glaze as I find it jarring in the mouth. My girls devoured them. So glad I found this recipe!

  6. Sara

    4

    These were so yummy! I did double the baking powder so that they stay softer for longer as I got about 4 dozen out of the recipe :) Super easy and amazing results, I didn't put the zest in the glaze though.
    *I added coconut extra to a batch and they were amazing!!! Smoothed it out a bit but also really complimented the lemon flavour yum!*

  7. Troy Chrismer

    5

    These are spectacular! I made them last night and I had to force myself from eating all of them. Will definitely make them again! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Marilyn Bergeron

    Just browsing your site and found some delicious looking recipes..thanks

  9. Anna

    4

    Just got done making these and oh my goodness are they good! Thanks for the new recipe!

  10. laurel @ wannacomewith

    These look absolutely amazing. I first saw these on Pinterest and I had to click on through to see more. Unlike you (totally crazy), I'm a sucker for all things lemon. As soon as it cools off enough to bake, I'll be making these. Thanks!

  11. Judy gilliland

    5

    Wonderful, full of flavoring, easy to make, family loved them. Thanks!

  12. Darlene Baer

    I'm a lemon lover big time.

  13. Jimmer

    5

    These are absolutely the best cookies. I have played around with the recipe a bunch too. I have made these using 1 lemon and 1 lime. zest and juice of 1/2 the lemon and 1/2 the lime for the cookies and the remainder for the glaze. They were UHMazing!!!! I just also tried them omitting the citrus and using mini chocolate chips and making a chocolate glaze-fantastic also. As you can see, the base recipe is really easy and quick and so incredibly versatile!!!!

  14. Holly

    I made these the other day and they are SOO GOOD!!!! Thank you for the recipe. It now resides in my moms recipie box!

  15. Linda

    5

    We absolutely ADORE your lemon sugar cookies. My husband is a huge lover of sugar cookies and says these are the best ever.
    I didn't use the glaze, just put a bit of sugar on top of each.
    They melt in your mouth; have a lovely depth of flavor with that hint of lemon; and a sweet/soft texture.
    I will be trying ALL of your recipes!
    Orlando Fan

  16. angie

    When you say Roll cookies into 1 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet, does this mean that they spread out in oven by themself or do you need to flatten them before baking? Tia.

    1. Chef in Training

      They spread out while baking

  17. LA Palamar

    Any idea if these cookies will freeze well?

    1. Chef in Training

      yes they freeze great! Just store in an air tight container :)

  18. Vicky

    These look and sound great! I was just wondering how many cookies does this recipe make?

    Thanks!

  19. Ratan

    5

    Your recipe was tried all the way in Bangalore, India today. My nephew loves lemon anything so I made these for him and they came out great. Thanks!

  20. Joanne

    I have to tell you that I have looked for a good lemon cookie recipe, and this is one is the best ever. I will make them again for my cookie tray at Christmas.

  21. JAJUANA

    How many cookies will this recipe yield?

  22. Donna G

    These look awesome!! I plan to make them for a cookie swap. My question is, can you use parchment paper instead of a greased cookie sheet? Thanks!

    1. Chef in Training

      yes definitely!

    2. Donna G

      They are fantastic!! I think I made them a little big so I had to bake them for 15 min. Taste and texture are perfect.

  23. Danielle

    5

    These are so good. they cool fast. I did not use zest i used more flavoring.

  24. Carnelle Adams

    We don't like oversweet deserts, Could I reduce the sugar without taking away from the cookie?

  25. April

    5

    I made these yesterday and they were DELICIOUS! My family couldn't stop eating them, and everyone at church kept asking who made the delicious lemon cookies. My cooking time was longer b/c I used airbake cookie sheets. I also had zest issues (dull microplane so we couldn't get much zest), so I overcompensated with extra lemon juice. The texture was perfect - soft and chewy, with just a tiny bit of crispness around the edges. Thank you for this recipe - I'll be making it again and again!

  26. Ashley

    5

    Hi! I will be trying these cookies. Does the glaze make these cookies stack well?

  27. Carla

    Hello:

    I like my cookies a bit crisp. How could I get these cookies to be crisp? Thank you <3

    1. Chef in Training

      maybe try baking them a little bit longer. I noticed the cookies I let bake a minute or two longer where crispier than others.

  28. Sharon

    5

    Aaaaaaahhhhmazinnnnnnggggg!!! My family loved them so much!

  29. Ryan

    I don't like this recipe. The cookies don't taste as good as I expected and they bend and break way too easily for my liking. Never making this terrible recipe again.

    1. Shona Simpson

      Just try cooking them a bit longer! I don't like soft pale cookies either ...much prefer them crisp so cooked them for about 20mins. Also put a bit extra baking powder in so the came out dome shaped, which was kind of cool....and very tasty

  30. Gilda Romano

    Delicious cookies! Absolutely addictive!

  31. Terry

    5

    Nikki,

    I tried your cookies today and may I say these were the best cookies Lemon Cookies I have ever had! I was so pleased at the amount I got - 50 out of one recipe - and the glaze on top set them far apart from other lemon cookies I was thinking about trying! I took 24 to work and they were gone in less than an hour and there were only 6 co-workers! So that would mean they all had 4 a piece and I don't think any of them felt guilty they had that many! Sensational in every way!

    I plan on making some again tomorrow, but will try them with orange juice and zest in place of the lemon. I might not be as thrilled with the orange version, but I am going to give it a try, and will let you know how they turn out.

    Thanks again for this recipe - I need look no farther for a great Lemon Cookie - I have found the best!!

    Terry

    1. Chef in Training

      Terry, Thanks so much for your comment! It made my day! I am SO glad you and your coworkers enjoyed them as much as I do!

  32. camilla

    Hi! love the sound of this recipe but i was wondering how many cookies this recipe makes?

    Thank you!!

  33. Susan

    Your Mom's Lemon Cookie Recipe is a keeper! I shared a batch with extended family and everyone raved about how yummy they were. Lemon cookies make for a nice change up from variations of chocolate or oat or peanut butter cookies that everyone typically bakes. These little lemon cookies look very pretty and brighten up dreary days as we look forward to spring. Thank you for sharing.

  34. Meredith C

    How many cookies does the recipe yield? Does the glaze harden? Thanks!

  35. blue

    5

    I substituted half a cup of sugar with lemonade drink mix and added more lemon juice to the glaze and....sooooo good. The lemon shines through! Like eating lemonade.

  36. DEIDRE

    I made these for my children and they loved them. Actually so did everyone who tried them and it is a pretty easy recipe. I did however add a little more milk than what the recipe called for in the glaze.

  37. Bethany Callister

    5

    Oh my good heavens - these are amazing! I offered to make my little girls peanut butter cookies tonight and one of them said, "No, make lemon cookies!" Since I DO love all things lemon I thought I'd look into it, which is how I came across your cookies. (Thank you, Google.) They are amazing! Thank you so much! I can't wait for my husband to come home with our olders tonight so they can enjoy them, too. Thank you, thank you!!!

  38. anchor24Kt

    They look amazing, but I have a little problem. They are too wet to roll. they are sticky. Any other time I would have blamed myself for messing up, but I was super careful and checked three times. :-( I dont know if it is the recipe or what, but if it works out, I am sure that I will enjoy them!

    1. Ann Chase

      Hi, I tried the cookies for the first time today and my dough was too wet to roll as well. Did anyone offer any suggestions

  39. Sameena

    I hope I get a reply .. Saw your recipe and would love to make them... Just one question what kind of flour do u use???
    Plain flour or self raising flour..
    I live in the UK .. Thanks ..

  40. Paula

    Is it possible to substitute Buckwheat flour for the flour listed in the recipe? My Husband and Son are both gluten intolerant and I would love to be able to make these cookies. Thanks for your help.

  41. nancy

    could you roll these out and make cut out cookies ? I have never found a cut out cookie for Christmas that I like.

  42. Susan

    I am a HUGE lemon lover, This recipe is going in my "next up" spot. I read it carefully to see if yucky lemon extract was included. Hooray! Only real juice and zest~~it passes my qualifying test

  43. Elaine

    Should the dough be refrigerated overnight in order to make it easier to roll the dough into balls?

    1. Chef in Training

      I have never refrigerated the dough, I just roll them and place them on the cookie sheet to bake :)

  44. Shelley

    4

    Delicious lemon cookies! Me and my partner loved them! Will be using that recipe again for sure

  45. Sheila

    5

    HI, I used your lemon cookie recipe, I obviously left them in a bit longer than your photo but they tasted gorgeous, so thanks :-)

  46. Lucia Ramos

    5

    Very well appreciated ,very easy to make ,thanks for sharing! My grandchildren loved here in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil!

  47. Rachel

    5

    These are probably the best cookies I have ever made. I have always had a jinx with cookies.. For some reason they just don't turn out as they should. But these came out perfectly. They were so easy to make and taste amazing too. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  48. Jen

    Would these still be good if I roll them out and use a cookie cutter? I need to make bird-shaped cookies, but I'd love to use this recipe.

  49. Texasgal

    These are delish!!! Should satisfy anybody's sweet tooth. Thanx for sharing the recipe!

  50. Margie Nelson

    5

    These are an absolute winner! Next time I'll make them with regular lemons rather than the Meyer lemons I used (on sale at Publix). I like mine a bit more tart. Thanks again!

  51. Erin

    5

    I just made these to take to a nursing home with my son's Cub Scout pack, they were a hit. I had several limes and no lemons so I used lime instead. I can't wait to try them with lemons. I'm going to take them to a cookie exchange in a couple of weeks. The cookies are crispy on the edges and chewy throughout! I added the zest to the icing and thought it was perfection.

  52. Toni

    5

    These cookies are awesome!! I have made them quite a few times, and they always come out great. The flavor is remarkable. You will definitely get great comments about your baking!!

  53. Carol T

    5

    FANTASTIC! I would have made the recipe exactly as it's posted but I didn't have any lemons, and needed to make cookies in a hurry. I had one lime and was frantically searching for a good lemon cookie recipe to adapt, and came across this one. This recipe is great!! I was afraid my one lime would leave the flavor a little weak, so I substituted coconut extract for half the vanilla in both the cookie dough and the glaze. It nicely rounded out the flavor - not enough to overpower the lime, not even enough to really identify the coconut - it just kind of enhanced the lime. I didn't have time to form the dough into balls, so I baked it in a 9x13 greased pan, poured the glaze on as soon as I took it out of the oven, and cut it into bars. Baking time was about 18-20 minutes Worked absolutely perfectly. I love the texture. I'll definitely make the recipe again using lemons as intended, and will probably make it with limes again too. I'm really grateful it was so successfully versatile. A keeper for sure!

  54. Achlee

    5

    Oh my goodness. So good, best cookie I have ever made and had. They are amazing, love the lemon flavor. I will be making these over and over again.

  55. RJean

    This recipe sounds wonderful - one I would like to try! Question - any ideas or thoughts on baking at high altitude - living at 9,000 ft. Thank you

    1. Chef in Training

      These cookies were made at high altitude, so they should turn out as is :) Hope that helps. Please let me know if you run into any trouble.

  56. Ashley

    5

    I've made and they were by far the most moist and softest homemade lemon cookies I've ever tried! They are quite delicious and it uses lemons so it's a win win. The lemon taste doesn't make these cookies bitter or tart tasting. The measurements are just right for the right balance of all the flavors. The glaze does harden after some time for them to be stacked. But the glaze isn't hard on the teeth at all. I made a lot to give a away. Even days later, they still taste fresh as if I made them the day of. Definitely will be making these again!

  57. Linda D.

    5

    Delicious! I kept the recipe as is and my whole family loved them. My only recommendation is that you add a few drops of yellow food coloring to the icing to make it yellow. Otherwise the icing was almost beige (from the vanilla) and not very attractive.

  58. Penny

    Very delicious moist and soft! What is the carb count?

    1. Penny

      5

      I forgot to rate😊

  59. Sabrina Rojas

    These came out awesome! I modified it with dairy free butter and almond milk as my son can't have dairy. Delicious soft chewy cookies!

  60. Debbee

    Made these today (4-11-16), The first cookie sheet I left as 1 inch balls and baked 14 minutes to just starting to show color on the edges. They never really spread out (I call them my lemon drops!). They are like little rocks when cool. The next cookie sheet I flattened the 1 inch balls and baked the same amount of time. Delicious when cool and not as hard as the balls. Finally, I doubled the size of the balls and flattened them prior to baking. Perfect!

    1. Chef in Training

      These cookies were made at high altitude. The only thing I can think of is if you weren't baking at high altitude, you may need to decrease the flour by 1/4 cup. Hope this helps :) I am glad to hear you liked them though!

  61. Jane

    Lemon cookies, where have you been all my life? I love that recipe calls for natural lemons, not lemon extract. This is a keeper.

  62. Elaine Bly

    5

    These sound delish but I have two questions: How do you store them when they are glazed? Won't they stick together? And secondly, one if the comments mentioned the diugh beung somewhat soft, could they be used with a cookie press? I have a butterfly insert that would make lovely little summer cookies, and thought i might just dust them with a little powdered sugar. Let me know what you think!

  63. Mel

    Do i need to add the vanilla, i ran out.

  64. Janet

    How many cookies does this recipe yield?

  65. Christopher Fan

    These cookies turned out okay! Not that well though they were so fluffy hahaha!!! But they still were ok. Kind of tasted like butter. We only put 1/10 of the desired amount of sugar and the cookies were not sweet enough. I was upset about that!!!

  66. Mary Ann

    4

    Delicious but mine did not spread...stayed round. Any idea why? Followed recipe exactly.

    1. Chef in Training

      These cookies were made at high altitude. The only thing I can think of is if you weren't baking at high altitude, you may need to decrease the flour by 1/4 cup. Hope this helps :)

  67. florence

    HI im going to make these soon and im wondering if they are fluffy cookies and also how many do they make?

  68. Dovile

    5

    They are very tasty. I highly recommend this recipe :)

  69. Rachel

    5

    My daughter used this recipe for her science fair project last year. The question was "Does using baking soda or baking powder create a better cookie". Let me just say that it didn't matter. Both were EXTREMELY delicious. I am not much of a sweets person but I actually crave these cookies. I just set out the butter to make another batch. They got rave reviews from everyone as we made 4 batches of bite size cookies for people to test.

  70. Claudia

    5

    they are a delectable chewy cookie filled with the tangy flavor of a hint of lemon and subtle flavor of the hint of vanilla

  71. Sandy

    5

    I made the Lemon Cookies for a birthday. They turned out amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  72. Osvaldo Rangel

    5

    They were easy to make and everyone loves them.

  73. Tina

    5

    Theses cookies are very good, but mine didn't flatten out, they were more of a dome shape. What did I do wrong? But definitely making them again. I love your recipes

  74. Jeannette Johnson

    I love the Canadian cookie exchange thing and wish we had it in Australia. I can't quite remember the rules though. These lemon cookies look delicious and will try them. I am interested in the altitude instructions too, things are different when whipping up cream or eggwhites for pavlova in Canada.

  75. Lara @leebakers

    These look amazing! I don't see a lot of cookie recipes that call for powdered sugar, but I bet it makes them taste great.

  76. Kenzie

    I was just wondering if you were to make them into 1 inch balls how many would this recipe make?

  77. Julie

    5

    These cookies are wonderful! Needed them quickly, so instead of glazing them, I rolled them in granulated sugar before baking. Like you do to a ginger snap. They were still very very good!

  78. Yuna

    5

    These cookies had amazing flavor! I saw the note about decreasing the flour amount by 1/4 cup too late (I live in low altitude), but the cookies still tasted great. The cookies came out to have a chewy middle and a crunchy edge. I also left out the zest in the icing and thought that overall, the lemon flavor came out very nicely. I did have to add about 1/2 tb more of each of lemon juice and milk in the icing, though, as it was still doughy. However, the icing hardened pretty well. Thank you for this lovely recipe!

  79. Kimberly

    This was an amazing recipe, light, chewy and oh so lemony! Thank you! Will check out your other recipes! Happy holidays!

  80. Jane Lufkin

    5

    Just made these cookies. The kids love them! I did not put zest in the glaze because of other comments. Thank you for your recipe!

  81. LJ

    5

    Really delicious, lemony, with a nice bit of crispy chewiness. They're our favorite lemon cookie recipe.

  82. Lynda Lariviere

    The cookies were wonderful! I am going to make them for a Spring Tea that our church group puts on. I didnt count how many cookies the recipe makes, I know its approximate based on the size of the ball. Do you have a gestimate on the number of cookies you get from this recipe?

  83. Brielle Anderson

    5

    These cookies are absolutely amazing!

  84. Aviva Jaye

    5

    The best cookies EVER! Delicious and pretty...they are always perfect!
    Everyone raves! Thank you!