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Lemon Lover's Cookies Recipe
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Lemon Lover's Cookies Recipe

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"This light cookie will melt in your mouth. They're sure to be a hit wherever you serve them - mine always are!" Virginia Dillard, Whitmire, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • Additional grated lemon peel, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 73 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 33 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in lemon juice. Combine the flour, cornstarch and lemon peel; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape into a 1-1/2-in. roll; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Gently remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice and peel; beat until smooth. Spread over cooled cookies; sprinkle with additional lemon peel if desired. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: About 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Lover's Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 2009, p57

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 73 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 33 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.

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

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Reviewed Mar. 21, 2014 Edited Mar. 23, 2014

I have this recipe from a a Taste of Home cookies and bars magazine. It calls for 3 Tablespoons of regular sugar not one third cup confectioners sugar. I think that Amight be why some peopleTT are having problems with this cookie. Also after i mix the batter with the electric mixer then i mix it with my hands. The warmth of your hands melts the butter and it becomes more like regular cookie dough, not crumbs. The cookies get great every time i make them and i always get a lot of compliments from everyone that tries them. This is my most treasured cookie recipe! Also make sure you use real lemons to get your lemon juice and lemon peel. The only difference in the recipe i use and this recipe posted online is the sugar to make the dough. The frosting ingredients are the same.

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

Wow...What a huge disappointment. I should have come here first to read the reviews. Is the 1/2 cup cornstarch correct?? They taste like cornstarch and crumbled to dust when touched. I can't imagine that they could hold frosting on them! They went in the trash before it got that far.

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013

We will not make these again. They fell apart into powder. Very disappointing! We keep re-reading the recipe thinking surely we left something out.

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

just like some others said, these cookies fell apart, some while removing from pan, others while I was trying to ice them. Taste good. Might try to reduce the cornstarch and increase the flour next time to see if this helps.

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

Here's my update...According to the magazine recipe (which I follow, but double) use 3 Tbsp sugar and 1-1/4c flour. Follow the rest of the recipe but cool the cookies completely on pans on wire racks (I personally use parchment paper and slide the whole sheet off onto a rack after cooling for about 5 minutes so I can start another batch right away).

A tip for forming the cookies...have a long piece of plastic wrap on the counter that you pour the dough on to. The dough will be very dry and powdery (enough so that once I thought I had done something wrong, pitched it and started over). Wrap the plastic wrap around the dough and use your hands to form the roll. The heat from your hands will soften the butter in the dough, helping it to pack together to form a log. I hope this helps all of you who are having problems with this recipe. They are fragile cookies, but that is part of the appeal, as they seem to melt in your mouth. They are so worth the effort. I am by no means an expert cook/baker, just a lemon lover who gave these a try and wish I could share them with the whole world!

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