Lemon Lover’s Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


About 3-1/2 dozen

Updated: Apr. 19, 2023
These light cookies will melt in your mouth. They're sure to be a hit wherever you serve them. —Virginia Dillard, Whitmire, South Carolina
Lemon Lover's Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Additional grated lemon zest, optional


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in lemon juice. Combine flour, cornstarch and lemon zest; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape into a 1-1/2-in.-diameter roll; securely wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° until edges are golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Gently remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice and zest; beat until smooth. Spread over cooled cookies; sprinkle with additional lemon zest if desired. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 74 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 37mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.