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Lemon-Butter Spritz Cookies

This recipe makes a lot of terrific cookies! It's great for Christmas when all the kids and grandkids visit. They can help decorate the cookies-not to mention help eat them! —Paula Pelis, Rocky Point, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 12 dozen


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Colored sugar


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Using a cookie press fitted with the disk of your choice, press dough 1 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugar.
  • Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 47 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 25mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • 2124arizona
    Jul 14, 2019

    Excellent! I cut vanilla extract in half and added one tsp lemon extract and follow the rest of the recipe as written. They are awesome!

  • gdubmom
    Dec 19, 2016

    I made these today with 1 tablespoon dried lemon peel, but otherwise followed the recipe. They did work quite well in my cookie press, easily making 5 sheets of cookies. However, I found the cookies to have very little lemon flavor, they tasted too floury. My son doesn't mind, but I'll definitely be adding more lemon juice or extract next time around. I'll top them with a lemon frosting or glaze to correct this batch.

  • PolishStacyCooks
    Mar 4, 2016

    Followed recipe exactly but added more lemon as a review suggested. For me, I still think they were bland and too much flour taste...about 1 1/2 cups too much flour based on other recipes I've made which made them not taste so good. Not enough butter or lemon flavor either. Would not make again.

  • Poohbabies
    Dec 18, 2015

    These cookies are delicious! Light lemon flavor, easy to bake, but hard to stop eating! They will be a staple in my cookie recipe box!

  • cariboocook
    Dec 5, 2015

    I made these spritz cookies according to the recipe and found this cookie lacks butter and/or lemon taste. The up side is that this recipe does make a lot of cookies and the dough works well in a cookie press.

  • stitching1
    Dec 2, 2015

    This is in response to Water4Chocolate's question about a cookie press that is arthritis friendly. I have an electric cookie press called Super Shooter that I've had for many years. Do a Google search and I believe there are some on Etsy as well as Ebay. There are other electric ones at Amazon.

  • Water4Chocolate
    Dec 2, 2015

    This is question not a review. Could anyone tell me what brand and where to purchase a cookie press that arthritis friendly (and affordable?) Thank you. ((This recipe is identical to mine from years ago except that mine uses cream cheese for butter).

  • murrworm88
    Dec 29, 2014

    These had fabulous flavor. Based on the reviews, I simply added just a touch more lemon juice, maybe 1 squeeze, and they had just the right amount of lemon flavor. Plus, I reduce the amount of sugar in everything- try it, you won't miss it!

  • snowman71
    Mar 24, 2014

    Easy cookie to make and everyone loved them. I used 1 teaspoon lemon bakery emulsion (I found at cooking store) instead of lemon peel and they came out with a very nice lemon flavor. These are a keeper, will definitely make again.

  • klruch
    Dec 10, 2012

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