17 Perfect Lemon Cookie Recipes
These bright, citrus-flavored sweets will put you in a sunshine state of mind.
Lemon cookies are one of life's simplest pleasures, and so many people count them as a favorite for a reason: With subtle hints of citrus and a light, delicious taste, they're easy to enjoy and even easier to make, especially when you use our collection of recipes as a guide. All of our lemon cookies are easy to make, balance sweet and tart flavors, and are can be served as an everyday dessert or for a more special occasion.
Looking for a basic recipe? Start with our Old-Fashioned Lemon Sugar Cookies, which are a great entry-level lemon treat. Lemon zest is mixed with softened butter and then a combination of granulated and light brown sugars. Then, eggs and lemon juice are added to the mix. The mixture is combined with the usual dry ingredients—flour, baking soda, and salt—then rolled and baked to perfection.
For a more festive treat, try these Meyer-Lemon Shortbread Wreath Cookies, which are perfect for the holiday season. Instead of regular Eureka lemons, we used Meyer lemons, which have a flowery aroma and hint of sweetness that you won't find in most tart citrus. They're decorated with small candies and fresh rosemary sprigs to echo the red and green colors of Christmas.
When the warm weather rolls around, there's no recipe that will put a spring in your step quite like these Easter Chick Cookies. The dough is a basic shortbread cookie recipe, but the glaze is mixed with six tablespoons of lemon juice for a simple, tart finish. Decorated with colorful sprinkles, they're a delightful way to welcome the arrival of warmer weather and fresh blooms.
Whether you keep it simple with a basic sugar cookie recipe or go for gold with festive holiday cookies full of flavor, these lemon cookie recipes are totally delicious.
Perfect Sugar Cookies
Meyer-Lemon Shortbread Wreath Cookies
Poppy-Seed Cookies with Meyer Lemon Curd and Swiss Meringue
Theses triple-tiered cookies are totally epic and super flavorful. Buttery poppy seed cookies are the base for this dessert. They're topped with a spoonful of curd made with nearly a cup of Meyer lemon juice and spirals of Swiss meringue, which is torched until lightly browned.
Sparkly Lemon Cookies
Lemony Brown-Butter Crinkle Cookies
Citrus Ornament Cookies
Spread holiday joy with these cookies flavored with a combination of lemon, lime, and orange zest in both the dough and the glaze. Candied citrus zest is the bright garnish we can't get enough of.
Easter Chick Cookies
Lemon-Ginger Cookies with Mint
Crisp Lemon Cookies
Old-Fashioned Lemon Sugar Cookies
Perk up with this easy lemon cookie recipe. Granulated sugar, light brown sugar, and lemon zest are mixed together to create the base for these classic cookies.
Embellished Wreath Cookies
Delicate pastel garnishes like candied ginger, candied citrus, chopped pistachios, and sugared flowers top these buttery citrus cookies. A bit of orange zest in the cookie dough and lemon juice in the glaze add a brilliant touch of brightness.
Glazed Lemon Cookies
Lemon Icebox Cookies
Umbrella Sugar Cookies
April showers bring these adorable umbrella-shaped cookies. A half teaspoon of lemon zest is a delicate, delightful flavor that takes these sugar cookies to the next level.
Lemon-Poppy Seed Cookies
Lemon Drop Wafers
A combination of lemon zest and lemon drop candies brings lots of citrus flavor to these sweet sandwich cookies. A dusting of powdered sugar on top is the perfect finishing touch.