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Crisp Lemon Cookies Recipe

Crisp Lemon Cookies Recipe

These light, citrus cookies are a nice change of pace from typical Christmas cookies. Melted vanilla chips drizzled over the top is the fantastic finishing touch. —Darlene Dixon, Hanover, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling YIELD:54 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vanilla or white chips, melted


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the lemon juice, peel and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well.
  • 2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Coat the bottom of a glass with cooking spray; dip in sugar. Flatten cookies with glass, redipping in sugar as needed.
  • 3. Bake at 325° for 11-13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Drizzle with melted vanilla chips. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 99 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 34mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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Daryl User ID: 8993211 258437
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2016

"This was a mini nightmare recipe. It wouldn't come together and remained crumbly. I saved it by adding 2 more thirds of butter total 2 sticks and 2 more tablespoons of lemon. It took a full 15 min to bake and you can put them 1" a part as they hardly spread so make sure you flatten them thin"

audgb User ID: 8961412 256142
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"These did not work for me at all. I followed the recipe to the letter, but the dough was crumbly, and the edges were jagged as a result. I kept rereading the recipe to make sure I hadn't forgotten anything or gotten one of the measurements wrong but near as I can tell I measured everything correctly. I couldn't get them pressed that thin, as hard as I tried. They took a long time to cook, and never got crisp or thin enough to my liking. And they didn't taste lemony enough for me. I am going to keep looking for a different lemon cookie recipe."

monprawn User ID: 8196144 216732
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"This is a nice cookie! It is a lemon-y butter-y shortbread kind of cookie, although the lemon flavoring in the actual cookie is subtle. I used a lemon glaze rather than the white chocolate, and I am very glad I did! They tasted so good the next day! I will try this with orange next time. This would be a nice cookie for a tea party!"

Baskitmum1 User ID: 1889876 115885
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"My sister in law made these for an Open House at a store that she works in. She brought me a few and OMG, I loved them. They are light and crunchy. She dipped half of the cookie in white chocolate, but not necessary. . You could even do orange for another flavor. Now I found the recipe here, I can make my own. Try them , You won't be disappointed."

peachynonni User ID: 4215913 187169
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2013

"These are indeed light and crisp, however, I had a hard time thinning the chocolate to the right consistency."

Debbie-doo User ID: 7069757 106956
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"Light and crisp. My husband LOVES them (so do I). I left off the drizzle and they were awsome."

Mimma56 User ID: 1823062 126432
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"These are EXCELLENT! And so easy to make! I couldn't believe how good AND easy they are! Will make them again. I feel they don't need the melted chocolate"

Dandiloin User ID: 6612743 106954
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2012

"Make sure when you make these, that you don't press the cookies too thin. They fall apart when baked. My family loved them, and I didn't even need to put on the chocolate glaze."

SAPSUCKER User ID: 2209830 101397
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

"Something is wrong with the recipe!!! I've made LOTS of cookies but this one wouldn't hold together to roll a ball. Just a waste of ingredients!! Rate it zero stars in my book!!"

maggielecat User ID: 6591628 183599
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"FINALLY!!! A lemon cookie that is actually crisp, and not fluffy and chewy. And it's ridiculously simple to make, I didn't even use my electric mixer. The only alteration I suggest is instead of the white chocolate topping, make a glaze of powdered sugar and lemon juice (about the consistency of honey) and after the cookies are cooled, drizzle it across or put a dollop on top. The lemon glaze gave the cookies and extra zing and would've been just faintly lemon flavored without it. But I'm a big lemon-lover, so that's just my opinion. I love the thin, crisp consistency of this cookie and I will be putting this in my personal recipe drawer at home."

woodchuck9 User ID: 2206079 185696
Reviewed May. 23, 2012

"I agree with the May 9th review. I felt that I wasted a lot of butter & time on this cookie. Cookies are one of my specialties & this feels like it's missing something (no baking soda, powder or cream of tartar??). I used parchment lined sheets & could barely get them off the sheets without crumbling or breaking. Very dissapointed in the recipe."

Karen Mackley User ID: 5517406 115881
Reviewed May. 9, 2012

"Are you sure an ingredient wasn't left out? I followed the directions to the letter, and they were "chalky" and blah..... I'm mad at wasting so much butter and time on them. I LOVE to bake cookies, but this is a recipe I won't keep."

5xamom User ID: 787516 115879
Reviewed May. 8, 2012

"I have a question about this recipe does anyone know if it freezes well? I want to make them this week but don't need them until graduation in a week. Please help! Thanks!!"

zeuser89 User ID: 4195273 185740
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

"Wonderful cookies. I used Key Lime juice and a dash o pure lime il concentrate and wow, Key Lime pie in a cookie."

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 211118
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"These were so good, I don't dare make them again unless I'm making them to give away."

DietFiasco User ID: 6405285 183645
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"These are my favorite!"

njshoop User ID: 5592896 145221
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"My Dad's FAVORITE cookie! I don't drizzle the white chocolate on it, but very easy to make and they are not heavy or too sweet."

the4taals User ID: 2858961 185695
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"I made 3/4 of the recipe to use 1 c butter. With a 1 tbsp scoop it made 46 cookies, 12 minutes was perfect on silpat lined sheets. I skipped the sugar and white chocolate, these cookies were perfect without, a nice delicate lemon flavour."

mcip1125 User ID: 6136692 102349
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"These cookies are so delicious-thin, crispy, delicious and easy."

gLori88 User ID: 5410895 118176
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"This is a very nice lemon shortbread cookie. They were a little crisp after they cooled. After a day in an air tight container they became softer. My husband really likes shortbread and he loved these."

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