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Lemon Thins Recipe

Lemon Thins Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 49 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 0 starch, 0 fat.

Reviews for Lemon Thins

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Sattebery 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 174842
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

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

kaylashea 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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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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