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Sweet & Tangy Iced Lemon Cookies

Lemon cookies are one of my favourites. Sweet and tangy, they are a welcome change from the usual holiday cookie jar inhabitants. When choosing what cookies to make for Christmas, I wanted something new. I love my old favorites but I craved a change. This recipe for sweet and tangy iced lemon cookies totally fit the bill! Not feeling having to ice cookies? Try lemon madeleines instead.

Stirring up a batch of cookies

Holiday baking brings back memories of cooking with my Granny as a child. We loved baking together. We often made chocolate chip cookies, banana bread and I’m sure she stirred up a batch of tea cakes or two.

Today I took it one step further by pulling out my vintage Pyrex bowl to stir them together. I love cookies that are easy enough to make by hand. I can rarely be bothered to pull out my mixer. I much prefer to stir them up myself!

Glazing the lemon cookies

Real lemon juice and zest give these lemon cookies a sweet and tangy flavour that your family and friends will love. It’s punched up even further by a delicious icing on top. Don’t worry, though, the icing is easy peasy to make and really kicks it up a notch.

Sweet and Tangy Iced Lemon Cookies Printable Recipe

Sweet and Tangy Lemon Cookies
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Sweet & Tangy Iced Lemon Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These Sweet & Tangy Iced Lemon Cookies perfect for your next Christmas cookie exchange or anytime you want to make someone's day.



  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 11/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 21/4 cups all-purpose flour


  • 11/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment or Silpat.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Add egg, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together salt, baking powder and flour.
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix completely. You may need to use your hands to get it to incorporate fully.
  6. Roll into one inch balls or use a small cookie scoop for cookies. Place on prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes (less will give you a softer cookie and more will give you a crispier cookie).
  8. Stir together glaze ingredients. Spoon a small amount on each cookie when still warm.
  9. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 47gSugar: 36gProtein: 1g

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Jaclyn Anne

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

I love the combination of sweet & tangy, which is why lemon cookies are one of my faves! Thanks for sharing your great lemon cookie recipe!


Monday 23rd of November 2015

Hi Merry - we were at the same Friday table at FBC2015. Made these cookies - big hit! Will share them on my blog (credited to you of course) if that's ok. Cheers!


Thursday 12th of November 2015

I LOVE a good lemon cookie! Pinning this for later!

Merry Kuchle

Sunday 22nd of November 2015

You will love these then. They are perfectly lemony. Tangy yet sweet.

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