Easy Iced Lemon Cookies

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Easy Iced Lemon Cookies in various stages of being baked

I love a good lemon cookie. Make that an iced lemon cookie and I’m even happier. If you want to truly go for the gold, give me an iced lemon cookie that is like a shortbread cookie and a lemon cookie got married and had a baby. That is the best way I know to describe these easy iced lemon cookies. They are so light and delicate they almost melt in your mouth. Easy Iced Lemon Cookies are easily on my top 10 list of favorite cookies of all time. Try them as soon as you can. They will not disappoint!

Credit Where Credit is Due!

I want to always give credit where credit is due. This is NOT my own original recipe. I’ve made my own tweaks and twists, but I got the original recipe from one of my favorite food blogs, Saving Room for Dessert, years ago. If nothing else, go look at the food photography on her page. She is insanely talented! These are her Lemon Meltaway Cookies. And in her post, it says she adapted her recipe from Southern Living Magazine. So these cookies have certainly evolved over time!

Ingredients: Easy Iced Lemon Cookies

Ingredients needed for Easy Iced Lemon Cookies

I love that these cookies have so few ingredients! Chances are you may already have all the necessary items in the house already!

For the Cookies:

  • 14 Tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest (takes 2-3 lemons)
  • 1 T Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Lemon Icing Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4-6 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1-2 additional lemons)
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon zest (for garnish if you want)

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Instructions: Easy Iced Lemon Cookies

Now it’s time to get down to business! We’ve covered ingredients! We’ve covered equipment! Now let’s bake!

Step 1:

Zest your lemons and put the zest aside in a small bowl. I use my Microplane grater. You don’t want to scrape off so much zest that you get down to the white pith of the lemon. That doesn’t taste good at all.

Step 2:

Cut lemons in half and squeeze out juice over a bowl. I like to squeeze them over a mesh strainer so I don’t have to worry about the seeds. I go ahead and juice all the lemons at one time, so I can make plenty of icing later.

Step 3:

Put the room temperature butter into the bowl of your stand mixer and let it beat the butter until it’s creamy.

Step 4:

Add in 1/2 cup powdered sugar and mix with butter until all incorporated toegether.

Step 5:

With mixer running on low, add in 2 Tablespoons lemon zest and 2 Tablespoons lemon juice.

Step 6:

In a separate bowl, sift flour, cornstarch and salt together and stir to combine.

Step 7:

Add the flour mixture in 3 or 4 additions to the butter mix. I put in a large spoonful, let it totally mix in, then put in another, and so on until all the flour mixture has been added in.

Step 8:

Once the dough is all mixed up, I lay out a piece of plastic wrap on the counter and empty the contents of the mixing bowl onto the wrap.

Step 9:

wrapped dough for Easy Iced Lemon Cookies just out of the fridge

I wrap the plastic around the dough and squeeze it all together and let it form an even size log (so we can slice and bake the dough when it comes out of the fridge later. I’m not a fan of rolling balls of dough!).

Step 10:

Refrigerate for at least an hour. Overnight is totally fine also.

Step 11:

When it’s time to bake the cookies, preheat oven to 350°.

Step 12:

Line a cookie/baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Step 13:

Slice the cookies off the dough log (Mine makes 24 nicely thick cookies) and place them on the parchment-lined baking sheet. As you can see, I don’t measure! I just keep slicing sections in half until I get to 24 cookies! Give them a little space from each other, though they will not spread a whole lot when baking.

Step 14:

Bake for 11-13 minutes or until lightly browned. They will not turn much in color at all, so watch your time.

Step 15:

Move cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely before icing.

Step 16:

Put a cooling rack on top of another parchment-lined cookie sheet. This catches the icing drippings so you can use those as well!

Step 17:

To make the icing, mix the powdered sugar with 4 Tablespoons of the lemon juice. Add more lemon juice if the mixture is too thick to pour, but do so in very gradual amounts. You don’t want terribly runny icing either.

Step 18:

Pour icing into a container with a pourable spout and pour over the cookies while they are on the cooling rack, to where the dripping icing falls onto the parchment paper.

Step 19:

If you need more icing than what you have in the container, you can simply pull the parchment paper out after a few minutes of dripping, and pour those contents into your container and that will give you enough icing to finish the cookies.

Step 20:

While the icing is still wet, if you want, you can garnish with lemon zest. Allow the icing to fully set then you can store cookies in an airtight container on the kitchen counter.

Wrap Up – Easy Iced Lemon Cookies

I hope that you will give these cookies a try. They come out perfect every single time and they look so impressive! I love that you can make the dough one day and bake them the next as well. I’m all for any recipe that lets me bake at my own schedule! Easy Iced Lemon Cookies are a crowd pleaser always. Let me know how you like them! And as always, just keep shuffling!

Lemon iced cookies on a yellow plaid dish towel

Easy Iced Lemon Cookies

Print Recipe
This buttery lemon-y cookie is the only lemon cookie recipe you will ever need. They are so easy to make and come out delicious every single time!
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:12 mins
Additional Time:20 mins
Total Time:52 mins

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer

Ingredients

For Cookies

  • 14 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar (Confectioner's Sugar)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Cookie Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar Confectioner's Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest optional, for garnish

Instructions

For Cookies

  • Zest your lemons and put the zest aside in a small bowl.
  • Cut lemons in half and squeeze out juice over a bowl. I like to squeeze them over a mesh strainer so I don't have to worry about the seeds. I go ahead and juice all 3, so I can make plenty of icing later.
  • Put the room temperature butter into the bowl of your stand mixer and let it beat the butter until it's creamy.
  • Add in 1/2 cup powdered sugar and mix with butter until all incorporated together.
  • With mixer on low, add in 2 Tablespoons lemon zest and 2 Tablespoons lemon juice.
  • In a separate bowl, sift flour, cornstarch and salt together and stir to combine.
  • Add the flour mixture in 3 or 4 additions to the butter mix. I put in a large spoonful, let it totally mix in, then put in another, and so on until all the flour mixture has been added in.
  • Once the dough is all mixed up, I lay out a piece of plastic wrap on the counter and empty the contents of the mixing bowl onto the wrap.
  • I wrap the plastic around the dough and squeeze it all together and let it form an even size log (so we can slice and bake the dough when it comes out of the fridge!).
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour. Overnight is totally fine also.
  • When it's time to bake the cookies, preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line a cookie/baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Slice the cookies off the dough log (Mine makes 24 nicely thick cookies) and place them on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Give them a little space from each other, though they will not spread a whole lot when baking.
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes or until lightly browned. They will not turn much in color at all, so watch your time.
  • Move cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely before icing.

Icing Instructions

  • Put cooling rack on top of another parchment lined cookie sheet (to catch icing drippings later…)
  • To make the icing, mix the powdered sugar with 4 Tablespoons of the lemon juice. Add more lemon juice if the mixture is too thick to pour, but do so in very gradual amounts. You don't want terribly runny icing either.
  • Pour icing into a container with a pourable spout and pour over the cookies while they are on the cooling rack, to where the dripping icing falls onto the parchment paper.
  • If you need more icing than what you have in the container, you can simply pull the parchment paper out after a few minutes of dripping, and pour those contents into your container and that will give you enough icing to finish the cookies.
  • Allow the icing to fully set then you can store cookies in an airtight container on the counter.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: iced lemon cookies, lemon cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Sarah
Cost: $10

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