Crisp Lemon Tea Cookies Recipe
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Crisp Lemon Tea Cookies Recipe

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Almost as much fun to eat as they are to decorate, these lemony cookies are the perfect backdrop for baking bits, sprinkles or glitter. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Assorted M&M's miniature baking bits

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 113 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and vanilla. Combine flour and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape dough into an 8-in. x 2-in. roll; wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.
  2. To use frozen cookie dough: Unwrap cookie dough and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For frosting, in another small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in lemon juice. Frost cookies. Decorate with baking bits. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe does not use eggs.
Originally published as Crisp Lemon Tea Cookies in Simple & Delicious November/December 2008, p56

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sharonkays User ID: 6353154 106263
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"Mine looked nothing like the ones in the picture. They are really buttery and spread really thin. Next time I will make sure I keep the roll thicker. Best without the m&ms, which makes them great year round."

emmaevan User ID: 3722971 106262
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2008

"I followed this recipe very carefully. The dough tasted great but when I put them in the oven they wouldn't bake. The dough just got hot. Shouldn't there be baking powder or something?"

Amy T. User ID: 3476215 94975
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2008

"Hi, These cookies are in Taste of Home Simple & Delicious, November/December 2008 magazine issue on page 56. I'm glad you liked them! Happy Holidays!"

Heart2Hand User ID: 2407678 102657
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2008

"You never have to use a spice you do not lioke Teresa. Supplement something you like (nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or whatever) or just delete it all together."

teeresa User ID: 1361851 115955
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2008

"do you have to use cinnamon."

gapeach55 User ID: 3484408 163886
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2008

"This a great idea with the MM's. Very pretty."

trainer42 User ID: 3524641 106261
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2008

"I made these & loved the slightly different but fresh taste! What issue were they in?"

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