Iced Lemon Cookies

Lately, I have been all about bright colors and flavors of citrus fruit. It's safe to expect that I'm buying a bagful of limes, lemons, grapefruit, or oranges every time I head to the store. I simply can't get enough of it all!

One of my favorites treats on the recent hot, sweaty summer days has been putting thinly sliced lemons and limes in pitchers of ice water for an extra pop of nutrition.  Plus I just really enjoy the refreshing taste of that ice-cold, citrus-y water.

Okay, so the kids aren't so keen on my tart citrus-water kick, but I have a whole bowl of lemons in my kitchen that are destined to become a pitcher of fresh-squeezed lemonade later today. I know they'll like some sticky-sweet, homemade lemonade a whole lot better.

 Yes, I'm totally dragging the kids in on this little citrus fixation of mine too.

So, yesterday my gang wanted fresh-baked cookies for dessert.  Immediately, there was no question of what flavor or variety we were going to make!

Uh-huh, I think you know where I'm going with this...

Trust me, my kids were not surprised, but of course it just had to be these pretty, iced lemon cookies!

Side note: You may have noticed some changes here on the site :) I'm so happy with the new design by the folks over at Georgia Lou Studios. There are still some pages in the new menu that are being built by me, but I hope that it'll be easier to navigate around here once it's all done. I completely love this new look!

Yield: 2.5 dozen

Iced Lemon Cookies

prep time: 30 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 45 mins


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks (one cup) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
Lemon Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted (yes, if you don't want lumpy icing, you must sift the sugar!)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • extra lemon zest for garnish, if desired


For Cookies
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together and stir well.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer, beat the butter for a minute or two until smooth. Add in sugar and beat until light and fluffy or about 2 minutes. Add in the egg, lemon zest, juice and vanilla extract. Stir until mixture is well-combined.
  3. One-half at a time, beat in the flour mixture until the batter is just combined.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Drop heaping teaspoonfuls of cookie dough onto the lined cookie sheet. Bake each batch for about 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are very lightly browned around the edges and appear done.
  5. Allow cookies to cool completely. Dip cooled cookies in Lemon Icing and enjoy! 

For Icing
  1. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice into the sifted powdered sugar. Add more sugar to achieve the icing consistency you like best.
  2. Place some parchment paper underneath a cooling rack. Dip cooled cookies into the icing, rotating over the bowl for some extra icing to run-off. Set on rack and allow icing to set for a minute or two. 
  3. Enjoy with a glass of milk or a cup of tea.

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  1. My mouth is watering when I read LEMON cookies :-) Sweet, tangy and tender..they look very delicious.

  2. Love your new look Marcelle, way to go!! so clean and inviting. Also these cookies are perfection, love the lemon, the icing......everything;)

  3. Oooh, love the sound of these lemon cookies!!! I'd love one with a tall glass of your lemonade :)

  4. Marcelle - these are one of my favorite kinds of cookies! And, the funny thing is, I've never made them! Thanks for the recipe – I can't wait to try them.

    1. Hi David! :) I sure hope you enjoy them if you make some!! Thank you!

  5. Love lemon -- one of my favorite flavors. You made these for me, right? :-) Really nice -- thanks.

  6. iced cookies are THE BEST. hooray for lemon fixations!

  7. These are so pretty, I love lemon in bakes and desserts so I know I'd love these!


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