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Slice 'n' Bake Lemon Gems Recipe

Slice 'n' Bake Lemon Gems Recipe

Rolled in colorful sprinkles, these melt-in-your-mouth cookies are pretty enough for a party. I make a lot of them for holiday cookie trays. (Complete your cookie tray with Chocolate Pretzel Rings.) —Delores Edgecomb, Atlanta, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup colored sugar or nonpareils
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • 1. In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in lemon peel. In another bowl, whisk flour and cornstarch; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • 2. Shape into a 7-in.-long roll (about 1-3/4-in. diameter); roll in colored sugar. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 2-3 hours or until firm.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 375°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until set and edges are light brown. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. In a small bowl, mix icing ingredients; spread over cookies. Let stand until set. Yield: about 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 117 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268147
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2017

"The lemon flavored goodies are great anytime of year!!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 240631
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"The family loved the flavor of these cookies. The color was a welcome addition on the Christmas cookie tray."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 240153
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

"Melt in your mouth like a butter cookie but the lemon adds a touch of tartness."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 239103
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"An easy recipe to make. I have to agree with TriciaAG. I too would leave off the coloured sugar. I think it looks nice around the edge, but detracts from the tartness of the lemon glaze, which is great. I think I would also make them just a tad thicker."

JulieS211 User ID: 5434916 238559
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"I love these cookies--they really are gems! Full of flavor and beautiful on a holiday cookie platter. I match the color of the sorinkles I roll the dough in to the colors of the holiday we're celebrating."

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 236782
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2015

"I love serving these cookies as they are so pretty and dainty."

TriciaAG User ID: 8247097 225615
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2015

"I will leave off the rolled in sprinkles step next time, I don't think they added anything, but the glaze does, and everyone enjoyed them at our Easter dinner."

JeanFerguson User ID: 7365285 100959
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"Great cookies. I'm generous with the lemon, and everyone (except lemon haters) love these"

ajw84 User ID: 7207689 209860
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"The icing is the best part of this recipe and I would use it on another sugar cookie recipe, but these cookies are too dry...almost like a tasteless shortbread."

Jolena User ID: 87898 113359
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"These lemon Slice 'n' bake cookies are quick and easy to mix and bake. I left my roll of dough in the refrigerator over night and then divided the roll in thirds before baking. I used three different colors of sugar for Easter and they were so very pretty.

Next time I would double the dough and also cut them a little thicker so they are not quite so fragile.
I took them to a church bake sale. Everyone thought they were delicious and lemony...esp. the yummy lemon glaze."

N.Camp User ID: 5463765 113358
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

"* To add to my review, it would be easy to make these for Valentines Day: Omit lemon zest, add Almond Extract, roll in red/white nonparelis, then shape into heart shape, and tint the frosting pink."

N.Camp User ID: 5463765 87899
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"Bravo! I added yellow food coloring to the icing so they didn't look plain, even with rainbow nonparelis. Loved the icing with fresh lemon juice and zest. Will be adding Lemon extract next time."

[email protected] User ID: 1595827 113357
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"Served these with Easter lunch...I made a double batch thinking I would have leftovers, but they all disappeared! I did add 1/4 tsp of lemon extract to the dough for a little extra lemon flavor."

twylight User ID: 765140 161585
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"A different cookie! Definitely needs the icing to finish off and add the lemon flavour. I used fresh lemon zest."

pamdevone User ID: 3875916 87891
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

"I like this recipe with a store bought sugar cookie dough. It's still very good."

debthebaker User ID: 2061659 157057
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"I made these cookies for a friend's birthday. They are the best cookies I have ever had! I used sprinkles instead of the Nonpareils and they worked just fine. I suggest these cookies to everyone."

pixie9999 User ID: 2561170 104818
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"Loved these little gems. They melt in your mouth. Perfect balance of sweet and tart. The reviewer who gave it a low rating missed out by not making the glaze. I tried them before and after glaze and it was like night and day, so delicious after. I rolled them in course sugar instead of nonpareils. Yum, will be making again for sure"

cookingjenna User ID: 6368711 104817
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"These cookies have a great crisp texture. They are not overly lemony, or overly sweet, and they made a pretty addition to my holiday cookie plates."

kengrants User ID: 4608201 209859
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"FYI: I roll my cookies in colored sugar instead of sprinkles to avoid that hard crunch."

Foxycook User ID: 6325977 173386
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"I wasted my time and money on these cookies. The lemon peel make the cookies look like poppyseed, plus hardly a lemon flavor. It should have been lemon extract instead. The texture was great as any light cookie made with powdered sugar would be. I didn't bother to make icing.It couldn't have saved this cookie."

stephanie m User ID: 2236384 209858
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"nice, delicate lemon flavor as is, but next time I will add some lemon extract."

rdouma User ID: 1370871 104990
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"Very yummy cookie! Love the strong lemon taste. I followed the recipe exactly and they came out great. Next time i will leave off the sprinkles as i thought they made eating the cookie less appealing (too much crunch) and I will make a little more frosting to top them with YUM!!!"

amondelli User ID: 4499714 141528
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"This is my favorite cookie! easy to make and they literally melt in your mouth. They're even delicious without the icing."

Linda Meyers User ID: 4428143 87844
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

"I found this recipe about two years ago and it's a favorite. I've added this to cookie trays at several family weddings and it's a must at Christmas. It's as yummy as it is pretty. A little work, but well worth the effort."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 104956
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2010

"If you like lemon, try these! Very tasty. I used Mayer Lemons as that is what I grow. I don't know about that 28 servings. Maybe for people on diets>LOL"

kengrants User ID: 4608201 174000
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2010

"I took these to a cookie exchange and everyone raved about how good they were. This only makes a small batch, so I usually double the recipe. They're so easy to make, and they taste moist and wonderful. It's kind of like eating a lemon bar but in cookie form."

TinaTaitt User ID: 1135535 104954
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2009

"the issue was April/May 08"

lovenewrecipes User ID: 4335061 92625
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2009

"Does anyone know which issue of Taste of Home this recipe came from? It had this pie and the slice 'n bake lemon gems on the cover and was titled "simply mouth-watering". I'd like to order a copy of the back issue. Thanks!"

rwbean User ID: 679124 161582
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2009

"These are my favorite cookies! The best I have ever made. They taste even better right out of the freezer."

nbruce User ID: 2533511 174523
Reviewed May. 24, 2009

"Everyone I serve these gems to wants the recipe.

easy to make, too."

5xamom User ID: 787516 172436
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2009

"Oh my goodness- these are melt in your mouth to die for Cookies!! Wow are they great!! I love the lemon tang- so much better then those over sweet cookies!! YUM!!

K- from Stratford, WI"

blanquitanation User ID: 3916663 92622
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"One of my favorites. Really great if you add an extra layer of icing once the first has dried. Makes it extra tangy. Yummmmm"

kitkay User ID: 18370 104816
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2008

"These cookies have become the number one favorit of my friends - I cannot keep up with the requests! I make them grate the lemons!

Kay - Menasha, WI"

jehouse User ID: 1738025 209857
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2008

"I made them for friends and family, and was asked for the recipe!! We loved them!


jar661 User ID: 1590408 157053
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2008

"Delicious! We didn't find them bitter, just a nice different cookie!


chief3434 User ID: 3011089 177590
Reviewed May. 1, 2008

"Thanks for your help.  They are extremely bitter with the 1/2 cup of cornstarch.  If anyone has successfully make them, I would appreciate knowing about it.  Thanks!"

CookieCarol User ID: 1452995 173383
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2008

"Here is pretty much the same recipe.......same 1/2 cup cornstarch."

CookieCarol User ID: 1452995 141527
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2008

"The recipe in the magazine says 1/2 cup....seems like a lot. I do think that the 3/4 cup butter and 1 cup flour plus the cornstarch should hold together. I think the butter and sugar should be whipped until very light and fluffy before adding the flour and cornstarch. I'll put this post over on Recipes....much more traffic there and maybe we'll get answers. I have NOT made these cookies. "

chief3434 User ID: 3011089 158777
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2008

"What is the correct amount of cornstarch that should be in this recipe? 1/2 cup is way too much and makes a very bitter dough. Help!"

karenflinn User ID: 2991236 104953
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2008

"Is there an ingredient missing from the recipe? I can't get the mixture to stay together to shape it?"

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