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Iced Honey Lemon Cookies Recipe
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Iced Honey Lemon Cookies Recipe

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Grated lemon peel in the batter and on the icing of these soft cake-like cookies gives them their fresh citrus flavor. The recipe makes about three dozen of the tender treats. —Betty Thompson, La Porte, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 7 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 157 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 138 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Combine honey, yogurt, lemon peel and lemon extract. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with honey mixture, mixing well after each addition.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Brush over the warm cookies; sprinkle with lemon peel. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Honey Lemon Cookies in Quick Cooking January/February 2005, p59

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Jun. 24, 2015

"Yummy! I suggest diluting the lemon juice with water when making the icing since the lemon flavor is a little overpowering. They were very soft and moist!"

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"Husband gave them 10 out of 5 stars. He said it was delicious and it's a keeper."

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"Made these today. Great lemon flavor!"

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Really good cookie to make if you are tired of chocolate chip or sugar cookies. These are tangy and soft and really fresh tasting. My husband and I loved them but my kids (under 10) were not fans. Made them a few weeks ago and am making them for Easter... a great spring/summer cookie!"

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"I doubled this recipe to take to a family get together. They taste good before you bake them and after you bake them! I have to agree they taste good with or without frosting. I didn't need to change a thing about this recipe and I will be making them again."

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