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
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 each: 49 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 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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mrs._white User ID: 7182927 257640
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

"These didn't turn out for me! I don't know what went wrong, but they didn't set up AT ALL! I followed the directions to a tee and even double checked to make sure I did it right."

Sattebery User ID: 8608422 242289
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"

peachynonni User ID: 4215913 174842
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

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

kaylashea User ID: 5717148 209982
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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