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Lemon Shortbreads

Every year my mom and I collect cookie recipes we want to try and then get together in early December for an afternoon of baking. These no-fail lemon cookies have become an annual tradition. They're a wonderful homemade holiday gift. —Kristen Stecklein, Glendale, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Colored sugar


  • Beat butter, sugars and salt until blended; beat in lemon zest. Gradually beat in flour. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Let dough stand at room temperature 5-10 minutes to soften slightly.
  • Preheat oven to 325°. Roll each portion of dough between two pieces of waxed paper to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut dough with a floured 1-1/2-in. heart-shaped or other cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets.
  • Bake until bottoms are lightly browned, 7-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For glaze, mix confectioners' sugar, lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth; spread over cookies. Sprinkle with colored sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 82 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • P vinod
    Feb 25, 2018

    Thanks-will try to get it from a large bakery-a cake shop or a large store.

  • BetseyWR
    Jun 13, 2014

    Made these for my family reunion. My older sister said " never again " cause she kept eating them! Took a little bit extra time to bake but worth the effort. Very Lemony and quite good. Cut them into almost a 2 bite size. Excellent.

  • chelle50882
    Dec 15, 2012

    But I couldn't roll it out so I formed a log, chilled very well, then sliced 1/4 inch then baked.

  • chelle50882
    Dec 15, 2012

    Baking time was off by about ten minutes. Love the lemony flavor, texture was just right!

  • Sarahtoo
    Dec 11, 2012

    I made these according to the recipe, and though they did take a few minutes longer to bake, once they were done, the consistency and flavor was great! I made them small--I used bite-size Christmas cookie cutters in various shapes--and it was hard not to just pop them in my mouth as I went along! These are sure to be a hit!

  • TanglewoodVillas
    Dec 11, 2012

    I think perhaps that the time stated for baking is a bit short. It took my 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch scalloped rectangles 15-20 minutes to bake to a finished consistency.

  • kramerstacey15
    Dec 11, 2012

    They were pasty. Once you took a bite it was like a mouthful of glue.

  • jackie.baker
    Dec 10, 2012

    These cookies are delicious. The only issue I had was the cooking time. After 6-8 on 325 they were still basically raw. I had to turn my oven up to 350.

  • debs_place
    Jan 5, 2012

    I used a German Springerle Cookie Rolling Pin, then a pizza cutter to cut the cookies a part. The dough was kind of sticky and needed some flour to work with it but it was fast and easy.I work with developmentally disabled adults and they made the cookies as described above and they all loved them.I made several batches at home as well.

  • finnegan1
    Dec 28, 2011

    This cookie has become my favorite Christmas cookie. Has a very crisp, fresh lemon flavor in contrast to other cookies on the Christmas tray. Is, however, time consuming to make.