Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Glazed Lemon Cookies

There's a lot of citrus in our house right now and I'm trying my best to use what I can before they go bad.  I've been juicing a lot with my new juicer.  The kids LOVE when I make them fresh squeezed orange juice, but I don't want them to get too used to it!
I found this lemon cookie recipe on the Real Simple website...you can find it HERE.  Very simple recipe and I suppose if you wanted you could roll out the dough and cut into cute little hearts for your Valentine!

Glazed Lemon Cookies {slightly adapted recipe from Real Simple}


  • 3/4 cup {1 1/2 sticks} unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 3/4 to 2 cups all-purpose flour {I only used 1 3/4 cup flour}
For Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice, more if necessary 
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
With an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar until fluffy.  Add the egg yolk, vanilla, salt, lemon zest, and beat to combine.  Scrape sides often.  Gradually add the 1 3/4 cup flour, then little by little add the extra 1/4 cup flour only if needed.  **You don't want the dough to be too crumbly**.  Shape the dough into a 2 inch diameter log and wrap in parchment paper, or plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until firm.  
Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Cut cookie log into about 1 inch slices and place about 1 1/2 inches apart on the lined baking sheet.  Bake for 16-20 minutes.  They do not need to be golden brown.  Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.  
In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, and powdered sugar, until it forms a thick but pourable glaze.  Add more lemon juice or powdered sugar if necessary to get desired consistency.  Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and let set, about 15 minutes.

I wasn't very picky about the dough being super round

The lemon glaze really makes these cookies!


  1. Those cookies are glazed so prettily and that lemon flavor sounds very good. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cookies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-4.html

  2. Hi Lisa, thanks for stopping by my blog! I'd love to do that, but not too sure how I would do go about it. Still kinda new at the blogging world! I did check out your blog & you definitely have some yummy things on there!

  3. I wish I were eating one of these RIGHT NOW!!:) Great recipe and great blog! I signed up to follow. Welcome to Foodbuzz! I just joined a couple of weeks ago too (I'm a new blogger too). Come on over to my website and visit my facebook page. I'd love to keep up with you and trade recipes!! - Katrina

  4. Hi Katrina...nice to meet you! Thanks so much for following my blog! It's definitely been a fun outlet for me! Looking forward to keeping up with you too!



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