Lemon Refrigerator Cookies Recipe
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Lemon Refrigerator Cookies Recipe

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This recipe brings back warm memories of watching my mom bake when I was a girl. To this day, the holidays wouldn't be the same without these cookies.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min./batch
MAKES:96 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min./batch
MAKES: 96 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans. Shape into two 9-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  2. Unwrap dough; cut into 1/8 -in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 250° for 21-22 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 8 dozen.
Editor's Note: The oven temperature is correct as printed.
Originally published as Lemon Refrigerator Cookies in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p93

Sweet White Wine

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

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LouBerrymore User ID: 7971814 62086
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"These are good. The only thing the recipe is missing is the filling to make them sandwiches. Just make a cream cheese frosting and stuff these babies."

ab94chiefs User ID: 1027495 31860
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"These cookies were so tiny - one inch in diameter. I followed the directions exactly, rolling into 2 nine-inch logs. Not sure they would bake properly if I didn't follow directions."

julyprincesspatricia User ID: 2374473 80533
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

"The lemon is in the lemon extract."

SheliaV User ID: 2578817 41667
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

"Lemon Extract..."

Katharine Hiddink User ID: 1388692 80036
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

"This is either the wrong recipe, or the wrong name. Where is the lemon??


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