Lemon Cookies

Description: Processing the lemon zest with the sugar helps to distribute the lemon flavor evenly.

lemon cookies recipe


  • 2/3 cups Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Freshly Grated Lemon Zest
  • 1 cup Unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Yield: 18 cookies

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 10 minute s.

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Process together in a food processor about 15 seconds:
Lemon Zest

Beat with an electric mixer
Lemon sugar from above

Add and mix:
Fresh Lemon Juice
Vanilla Extract

Whisk together, then add and beat to incorporate:
All Purpose Flour

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill until firm. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with your favorite Ann Clark cookie cutters, then transfer cookies onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or silicone liners. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until very lightly browned around the edges. Let cookies cool slightly on cookie sheets, then transfer to a wire rake to cool completely. Decorate, if desired, before serving.

Lemon Icing

Melt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, mix with 3 cups confectioners' sugar, 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and a pinch of salt to smooth.