Lemon Cookies

These glazed lemon cookies are perfect for spring with their bright citrus flavor! The soft cookies are simple to prepare and the lemon glaze on top is oh so good!

soft glazed lemon cookies

I’m not usually a huge fan of citrus desserts. I’ll almost always reach for chocolate. Lately, though, I’ve been craving lemon.

It adds so much flavor to everything it touches and I’ve been loving it!

Curious to know if you like lemon desserts too? 


These glazed lemon cookies were a huge hit with my son. He’s always loved lemon desserts, but I think these are a new favorite for him.

I think it’s the simple lemon glaze that really puts these into ‘favorite’ status!

How to make glazed lemon cookies: 

lemon cookie dough in glass bowl

We’ll start by whipping up a simple cookie dough and then adding in some fresh lemon juice and lemon zest to give it a kick.

This lemon cookie recipe is super simple – butter, powdered sugar, flour, salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest. 

Just mix it all together with a hand or stand mixer and then scoop into small balls and lightly flatten them. 

soft lemon cookie dough

Don’t you just want to pinch off a piece of that dough and devour?? 

These bake up in less than 15 minutes and then you’ll just let them cool.

For the glaze, you’ll whisk together powdered sugar, cream, lemon juice, and lemon zest. 

lemon glaze drizzled over lemon cookies on sheet pan

Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the tops of the lemon cookies. The glaze sets fairly quickly and then these cookies are ready to devour!

I love how soft this lemon cookie recipe bakes up. I’m not a big fan of crunchy cookies and these are perfect – thick and soft with a delightful glaze.

glazed lemon cookies

More cookie recipes to try: 

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies: One of the easiest recipes and they always come out perfect!

Butter Cookies: We make these cut out cookies in place of traditional sugar cookies. 

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies: I’m not kidding when I say they’re perfect!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies: Super soft and chewy! 

lemon cookie recipe

Lemon Cookie Recipe: 

5 from 3 votes

Glazed Lemon Cookies

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Servings: 28 cookies
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy cookie recipes, spring
Calories: 117 kcal

These lemon cookies are topped off with a simple and sweet lemon glaze.


For the cookies
  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
For the glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


For the cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. Add the butter and powdered sugar to a mixing bowl and beat until smooth using a mixer. 

  3. Add the flour, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt to the bowl and mix until well combined. 

  4. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop out balls of cookie dough. Place them 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly flatten the cookies with your hands. 

  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are just golden brown around the edges. 

  6. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the glaze
  1. Add all of the ingredients for the glaze to a small mixing bowl and whisk well until smooth. 

  2. Spoon the glaze evenly over the cooled cookies.

  3. Let set for 15 minutes or until the glaze has firmed up.

  4. Store tightly covered for up to 5 days. 

Recipe Notes

Recipe lightly adapted from Food and Wine

Nutrition Facts
Glazed Lemon Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 99mg4%
Potassium 11mg0%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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