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Iced Honey Lemon Cookies

Grated lemon peel in the batter and on the icing of these soft cake-like cookies gives them their fresh citrus flavor. The recipe makes about three dozen of the tender treats. —Betty Thompson, La Porte, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 7 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest


  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Combine honey, yogurt, lemon zest and lemon extract. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with honey mixture, mixing well after each addition.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks.
  • In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Brush over the warm cookies; sprinkle with lemon peel.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 157 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • kballet
    Jun 24, 2015

    Yummy! I suggest diluting the lemon juice with water when making the icing since the lemon flavor is a little overpowering. They were very soft and moist!

  • chocolatecraze
    Dec 24, 2013

    Husband gave them 10 out of 5 stars. He said it was delicious and it's a keeper.

  • harleydavidson
    Jul 30, 2013

    Made these today. Great lemon flavor!

  • brakey83
    Mar 31, 2013

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  • cherylbl
    Mar 29, 2013

    Really good cookie to make if you are tired of chocolate chip or sugar cookies. These are tangy and soft and really fresh tasting. My husband and I loved them but my kids (under 10) were not fans. Made them a few weeks ago and am making them for Easter... a great spring/summer cookie!

  • JennTats
    Mar 26, 2013

    I doubled this recipe to take to a family get together. They taste good before you bake them and after you bake them! I have to agree they taste good with or without frosting. I didn't need to change a thing about this recipe and I will be making them again.

  • neon6
    Mar 26, 2013

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    Jan 29, 2013

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  • SassyLacey
    Jun 25, 2012

    I have made these delicious cookies several times. I subsitute lemon juice and lemon extract for the grated lemon peel for I do not like it. Just do not top my cookies with it. I add sprinkles sometimes and the grandchildren love it. I add red food coloring to the icing for Christmas and Valentine's Day and Green for Christmas and St. Patrick's Day. Soooo delicious. I always have request for the recipe when I serve or share them. Easy to make and looks like you have slaved in kitchen all day when you decorate or add food colors.

  • lottieda
    Feb 8, 2012

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