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Lemon-on-Lemon Iced Cookies

I collect recipes from all over the world, and when I find a great one, it goes in a binder to use again and again! —Sharon Delaney-Chronis, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 4 to 6 teaspoons lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and lemon zest; cut in butter until crumbly. Transfer mixture to a clean work surface; knead gently to form a smooth dough, about 2 minutes. (Mixture will be very crumbly at first, but will come together and form a dough as it's kneaded.) Divide dough in half.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat each portion into an 8x6-in. rectangle. Cut each rectangle into twelve 2-in. squares; cut squares diagonally in half to form 24 triangles. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, lemon zest and enough lemon juice to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over cookies; let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 73 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 31mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • MOTCook
    Oct 12, 2014

    While the cookie was easy to put together, it took me between 5 and 10 minutes to get the dough to stick together. It was terribly crumbly. However, once I worked the dough and the butter softened a little, the cookie cut great. Fortunately I had a 2' square biscuit cutter I used to cut the squares. The end result was phenomenal.

  • Barbara181
    Feb 25, 2014

    Very good. Working the dough was long and tiring but it's worth the work.

  • loroo
    May 23, 2013

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  • grandma leelee
    Feb 1, 2013

    It did take some time to get the dough to come together, but it did. The shortbread cookies turned out great. My husband couldn't stop eating them! The friends that I took them to gave them great reviews. YES, I this is a keeper!

  • weatherly115
    Nov 9, 2012

    First mistake was not looking at the reviews. The dough would not come together it was one big crumbly mess. Pressed it together by hand rolling it only make it fall apart. Recipe going in the trash never want to see it again.

  • hatfie3
    Oct 25, 2012

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  • Cheryl Clawson
    Oct 14, 2012

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  • KellyR007
    Sep 7, 2012

    I was able to make the dough form into a beautiful ball by kneading it while it was still in the bowl.

  • jahodgeman
    Sep 2, 2012

    There should be a "maybe" for the question, "Would you make this recipe again?". The dough comes together eventually but it took me more than 2 minutes of kneading. I thought it was putzy to get the cookies sized/shaped. Overall, it was easy & tasty enough but didn't make a lot for my effort.

  • andy74
    Jul 30, 2012

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