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Lemon Thins

These irresistible thins have a tart lemon taste and crisp texture. To create a simple but special dessert, place some of the cookies in bowls of chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the lemon juice, lemon zest and extracts.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Shape into a 12-in. roll; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap dough; cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake until the edges are lightly browned, 9 minutes. Cool 1-2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 49 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • mrs._white
    Dec 3, 2016

    These didn't turn out for me! I don't know what went wrong, but they didn't set up AT ALL! I followed the directions to a tee and even double checked to make sure I did it right.

  • Sattebery
    Jan 22, 2016

    The BEST lemon cookies. I used a thin lemon glaze with powdered sugar, lemon zest and juice and a little bit of water instead of dusting with powdered sugar. Everyone raved about them. I think I will make them smaller next time tho

  • peachynonni
    Sep 1, 2013

    This cookie is perfect tor afternoon teas. Delightful taste. No one can eat just one!

  • pegcorp
    Feb 17, 2011

    No comment left

  • kaylashea
    Dec 22, 2010

    I made this receipe last night and to my suprise they were really good. They are a light ,crisp cookie. Love them! I will be making this cookie for a cookie exchange this holiday season. I can't wait to pass this receipe on to my friends.