Lemon Thins Recipe
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Lemon Thins Recipe

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These irresistible thins have a tart lemon taste and crisp texture. To create a simple but special dessert, place some of the cookies in bowls of chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 49 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 42 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the lemon juice, lemon peel and extracts.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Shape into a 12-in. roll; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap dough; cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 8-9 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool 1-2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Thins in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2009, p68

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"The BEST lemon cookies. I used a thin lemon glaze with powdered sugar, lemon zest and juice and a little bit of water instead of dusting with powdered sugar. Everyone raved about them. I think I will make them smaller next time tho"

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"This cookie is perfect tor afternoon teas. Delightful taste. No one can eat just one!"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"I made this receipe last night and to my suprise they were really good. They are a light ,crisp cookie. Love them! I will be making this cookie for a cookie exchange this holiday season. I can't wait to pass this receipe on to my friends."

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