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Lemon Refrigerator Cookies

This recipe brings back warm memories of watching my mom bake when I was a girl. To this day, the holidays wouldn't be the same without these cookies.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min./batch
  • Makes
    8 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans. Shape into two 9-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  • Unwrap dough; cut into 1/8 -in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 250° for 21-22 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Editor's Note: The oven temperature is correct as printed.
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  • LouBerrymore
    Sep 4, 2014

    These are good. The only thing the recipe is missing is the filling to make them sandwiches. Just make a cream cheese frosting and stuff these babies.

  • ab94chiefs
    Dec 3, 2012

    These cookies were so tiny - one inch in diameter. I followed the directions exactly, rolling into 2 nine-inch logs. Not sure they would bake properly if I didn't follow directions.

  • janet.wallenfang
    Feb 11, 2011

    No comment left

  • julyprincesspatricia
    Aug 4, 2009

    The lemon is in the lemon extract.

  • SheliaV
    Aug 4, 2009

    Lemon Extract...

  • Katharine Hiddink
    Aug 4, 2009

    This is either the wrong recipe, or the wrong name. Where is the lemon??KLH