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Glazed Lemon Cookies

by Christa on January 18, 2010

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LA is FINALLY getting some rain…Yippee! I have to admit, the only reason I’m excited for the rain is that I have an excuse to bake ALL day. Otherwise I hate the rain. I’m a sunshine kind of girl!

Its raining cats and dogs outside, which means I HAVE to bake… NO excuses! So I decided to bake some Glazed Lemon Cookies and Cinnamon Swirl Bread (to be posted later). I couldn’t decide between Cinnamon-ey (for the boyfriend) or Lemon-y (for me!), so I made BOTH! 🙂
These taste like a shortbread, very flakey and buttery, with a tart lemon glaze on top. They are by far my favorite lemon cookie I’ve ever made. Enjoy!!

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  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more if necessary
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest


1. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add the egg yolks, vanilla, and salt and beat to combine. Gradually add the flour, mixing until just incorporated.

2. Divide the dough in half and shape into 1 1/4-inch-diameter logs. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

3. Heat oven to 350° F. Slice the logs into 3/8-inch-thick pieces and space them 1 1/2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until lightly golden, 16 to 20 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.

4. In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, and zest until it forms a thick but pourable glaze (add more lemon juice if necessary). Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and let set, about 15 minutes.

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Mireya January 18, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Oh my goodness – these look so, so good!


Sue (Someone's Mom) January 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm

They sound delicious, perfect with a cup of tea!


Meghan January 18, 2010 at 11:52 pm

I've been looking for a good lemon glaze recipe to copy a cookie at Whole Foods – yours looks just like it. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂


Chey can cook! (and more) January 19, 2010 at 1:11 am

I love lemon-flavored anything! Can't wait to try these!


muffinsareuglycupcakes January 19, 2010 at 2:30 am

the only reason why i love the rain is when i sleep.
makes sleep so much better 😛
love the idea of lemon cookies.
mmm. can almost taste it in my mouth already.


Pink Little Cake January 19, 2010 at 3:18 am

Yummy, these look so good. I have a lot of lemons around, I will be making these cookies soon, Thank you for sharing.


theUngourmet January 19, 2010 at 6:18 am

Oh how I love lemon in cookies and the glaze well…all I can say is…pass the plate my way!!


Monica H January 19, 2010 at 8:13 am

lemony and flakey- count me in!


Amy O'Kane January 19, 2010 at 1:27 pm

my lemon tree is bursting with meyer lemons! thanks for sharing this yummy recipe so I can use them up.


cookies and cups January 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Ooh, these look good. I made a lemon glazed cookie at christmas time, and they were similar to these, but these look so buttery and yum! I will have to try these!


Mary January 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm

These look wonderful. I'm sure they taste as good as they look.


symphonious sweets January 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Count me in I love lemon!


teresa January 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm

mmmmm, these look just wonderful, i love anything with lemon!


Eliana January 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Nothing like lemon to brighten up your day when it's gloomy outside. These look great.


Sophie January 21, 2010 at 10:38 am

Georgous cookies these are!!

MMMMMM,…I love them allready!


Aunt Betty January 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm

You know Uncle Rick, he loves anything lemony. I'll make them for him this weekend.


Fresh Local and Best January 22, 2010 at 10:49 pm

These cookies are sweet lemony drops of sunshine to brighten your day. Good call on baking these during the rainstorm, I'm sure they were wonderfully comforting.


Pam January 22, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I love any lemon dessert and these cookies are no exception…they look wonderful.


Kathleen January 23, 2010 at 2:16 am

These sound sooo good. I live in Orange County and I can't believe how flipping rain we've been getting.


Abby January 24, 2010 at 3:15 am

I LOVE the little specks in them. I've really been craving citrus lately; must be the weather!


Katie Yoon January 24, 2010 at 2:15 pm

this will be great with coffee^^


My Carolina Kitchen January 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I love anything lemon and these cookies look awesome. I'm not a big sweets fan but these would be wonderful for a light dessert with fruit.


Leslie January 26, 2010 at 12:48 am

Hey girl..thanks for your comment on my HSN gig. I wish I had some good story on how I got into it..but it kinda just fell into my lap..however it all did just stem from my blog


Andrew's Mom January 30, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Those look great! I love lemon.


Kim February 7, 2010 at 1:08 am

Just made these… my fiance' took one bite and ate the rest with his eyes closed! WE LOVE THEM!!! Thanks! Totally going on rotation at our house!



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