lemoncookies
Cookies Dessert

Lemon Cookies

Lemon cookies are super simple to make and delicious. Made with a delightful combination of fresh lemon juice and zest, they have a tremendous natural flavour to them. They are a soft, chewy cookie which is one of my all time favourites. I really enjoy them with a nice cup of tea, coffee or glass of milk.

There are a few baking tips to making these tasty lemon cookies. First, I find the juice from one lemon is about perfect. If you want them more or less lemony, simple adjust the amount of juice accordingly.

The zest from one lemon is about perfect form my liking. Just be careful not to zest too far into the lemon as it will become bitter. You only want the zest from the shiny part of the skin.

I add a few drops of yellow food colouring to make them bright yellow. This is totally optional, however.

The amount of sugar can be altered too. Just be careful not to over power the lemon flavour with too much sugar.

Give our lemon cookies a try. As always, let us know what you think.

Lemon Cookies

Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: David Hood
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 drops of yellow food colouring
  • 1/2 of powdered sugar for dredging
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F or 177 C.
  2. Put the all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk well and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, lemon juice, lemon zest, and food colouring. Beat until well combined.
  4. Add the flour mixture, half at a time, to the wet mixture. Beat until well combined.
  5. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for at least one hour.
  6. After an hour, using an ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop out about a heaping tablespoon of the mixture. Place it in the palm of you hand and roll it into a ball. Put it in the icing sugar and roll it around until it is completely coated.
  7. Set it on a baking sheet lined with some parchment paper or a baking mat.
  8. Repeat this process for the remaining batter.
  9. Put the cookies in the oven and bake them for 13 to 14 minutes.
  10. Remove them from the oven and put them on a wire rack to cool.
  11. Serve and enjoy your lemon cookies.
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30 Comments

  1. These look amazing! I was looking for a cookie that was a little lighter for warmer weather. We host a monthly men’s prayer breakfast fairly early on Saturday morning and the guys like a little something sweet with their first cup of coffee. Even though I normally think of lemon cookies for ladies, but I think our guys will love them too! Btw, this is the first time I have watched a video by Dave but it won’t be the last! Love his easy cooking style. He makes it look like it is a “piece of cake” or in this case, a “piece of cookie.” Keep it up!

    1. Hi Linda. They really are a nice cookie. My favourite as a matter of face. I’m sure the would love them at the prayer breakfast. No way lemon is for ladies only. LOL. Thanks for the wonderful comment about the videos. I hope you watch many. “Piece of cookie.” I love that. haha. Stay safe and well my friend and blessings.

  2. If I don’t use yellow food coloring, will the cookies be too pale? Wondering how important that ingredient is to this recipe.

    1. Hi. Wow London! I was there a few years ago and loved. Plan to make it back. So glad you and your son enjoyed the cookies. They are my favourite too. Thanks for the comment and stay safe.

  3. Made the cookies yesterday and they are so delicious! Addictively so! Taste wise sensational! But my mixture was too gooey and you have read the comments you suggested adding a bit more flour to the mixture. May I ask how much extra do you think as a guideline that I can add to be able to have the dough and the cookies look like yours? – without risking the soft melt in the mouth texture they have which was too die for. Yum! Would adding extra flour change the texture of the cookies and make them harder? Thank you in advance and sorry for asking for an amount if possible. I’m still a learner. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your amazing lemon cookies recipe! Cheers from Sydney, Australia!

    1. Hey there. Hi. Yes, they are my favourite cookie too. Sometimes the dough can get like that depending on a lot of things. What I usually do is add just a touch more flour bit-by-bit until it becomes perfect. I would then record the exact amount for further reference. Just start with about 1 tbsp or even tsp. It might depend on the brand of flour itself. Let us know how you make out. Hope things are well in Australia.

  4. Have made these several times – always light, lemony, and easy to do. Also did this recipe with lime juice and peel (num-num).

  5. Absolutely LOVE these cookies, deliciously lemony! One of my favourite recipes and well liked by friends and family. Thanks!

  6. I made these. Had to cook them longer but they were much browner on top but still gooey underneath. Not sure what went wrong? They still taste delicious but in the future I would like for them to look pretty too

    1. Hi there. Yes, I’ve heard that from a few people. The type of flour you use does make a bit of a difference. If you find they are a bit too gooey (the cookie dough I mean), add a bit more flour. That helps. I do know the taste is so yummy. They are actually my favourite cookie.

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