Italian Lemon Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch


3 dozen

Updated: Aug. 09, 2023
Christmas wouldn't be the same without my grandmother's cookies. A plate full of these light and zesty cookies is divine! —Elisabeth Miller, Broadview Heights, Ohio
Italian Lemon Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, separated, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Colored sugar


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg yolks and lemon zest. Gradually beat in flour. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or until firm enough to shape.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Shape level tablespoons of dough into 6-in. ropes. Shape each rope into an S, then coil each end until it touches the center. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Whisk egg whites; brush over cookies. Sprinkle with colored sugar.
  3. Bake until bottoms are brown, 12-14 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 94 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.