Lemon & Rosemary Butter Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.


about 2 dozen

Updated: Feb. 03, 2023
Cooling lemon and aromatic rosemary make these butter cookies stand out at the holidays. I use them to punch up the cookie trays for potlucks or as gifts.—Elizabeth Hokanson, Arborg, Manitoba
Lemon & Rosemary Butter Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest, divided
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon zest. In a large bowl, beat butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg yolks, rosemary and remaining lemon zest. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Shape dough into 1-1/4-in. balls; roll in sugar mixture. Place 2 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten to 1/4-in. thickness with bottom of a glass. Sprinkle tops of cookies with remaining sugar mixture. Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Can you freeze Lemon & Rosemary Butter Cookies?

Freeze shaped balls of dough on baking sheets until firm. Transfer to resealable plastic freezer bags; return to freezer. Prepare and bake cookies as directed.