Lemon Cookies with Lemon Icing

It’s rainy today, the sky is cloudy and miserable, no sign of the sun. I thought photography is of no use today, but then decided to experiment. As usual on such gloomy day, something sweet and citrusy would be good. Lemon cookies came out extra delicious. After coffee, I have grabbed my camera after all and did not get disappointed. Pictures came out moody, very calm with an interesting play of shades. In spite of the ugly weather, my table shines with sunny sweets.

Lemon Cookies with Lemon Icing

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • zest of 2 lemons (about 1 1/2 Tbsp.)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the lemon icing:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed juice



Position racks in the upper third and the lower third of an oven and preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets, preferably insulated sheets, with parchment paper.


To make the cookies, over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.


In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on medium-low speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the granulated sugar and lemon zest, increase the speed to medium and beat until slightly fluffy, about 1 minute, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the egg, egg yolk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.


Reduce the speed to low, gradually add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.


Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared pans, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart. For a more elegant shape, moisten your fingers, then flatten each cookie while smoothing the sides, making neat 2-inch rounds. Bake the cookies about 10 minutes. Transfer the pans to a wire rack and let the cookies cool on the pan, then transfer them to a wire rack. The cookies will be crisp outside and very soft inside when they cool.


To make the icing mix together lemon juice and confectioners' sugar until drizzle-able consistency.


Set the rack over a sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper. Using a spoon, drizzle the icing over the cookies. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.


Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 24 cookies.

Lemon cookies with lemon icing

Adapted from Cooking Classy

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  • Reply
    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    February 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Lovely cookies and gorgeous shots! I love lemony treats.



  • Reply
    La Table De Nana
    February 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Always a treat..Glorious shots:)
    I just prepared a shrimp post with lots of white..:)
    Pretty pretty your photos Yelena~

  • Reply
    Wendy Sondov
    February 20, 2013 at 4:25 am

    We could all use a little sunshine in cookie form. I love a chewy cookie. Thanks!

  • Reply
    February 20, 2013 at 7:28 am

    It is still raining here every single day..and no cookies..

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    February 20, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I'm a huge fan of citrus + sweet and I love your pictures… almost springish!!

  • Reply
    Eric Pepple
    February 20, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I absolutely love your photography and these cookies sound delicious! Can't wait to try 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  • Reply
    February 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Rain or shine, you photos are so-so beautiful! And cookies too 🙂 you have rain, we have snow today… go figure that weather!

  • Reply
    thyme Sarah
    February 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I love simple cookies much more than the gooey chocolatey, caramel l, everything but the kitchen sink went in them cookies. These look like pure loveliness.

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    Spicie Foodie
    February 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    It's been snowing here for four days continuously, so a little sunshine is most welcomed — specially if it comes in the form of these lemony sweet cookies. Gorgeous Yelena!

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