Lemon Butter Cookies are a delectable take on the classic butter cookies recipe. This lemon cookie recipe makes the best of both sweet and sour flavors!
My sister-in-law sent a big box of lemons to all of the Utah-based side of the family so I’ve been making lemon anything. I adore lemon cookies and have posted several recipes over the years. This one is delightful! They’ve got a soft texture with bright, lemony flavor. Our whole family devoured them. The glaze is amazing- I think the cookies taste delicious on their own, but adding the glaze takes them over the top!
Ingredients needed for Lemon Butter Cookies
These are the foods you’ll need to make Lemon Butter Cookies:
- Lemon juice
- Lemon zest
- Baking powder
How to make Lemon Butter Cookies
With a hand mixer, cream together butter and both the white and brown sugars. Add eggs, lemon juice, zest and vanilla and mix until combined. Add in baking soda, salt and flour and mix once again.
Cool completely and spoon glaze onto each cookie.
How to make Lemon Butter Cookies Icing
To make the frosting for Lemon Butter Cookies, you just whisk together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 TBSP softened butter, 1 TBSP lemon juice and 1 tsp lemon zest until smooth. Then you just spoon onto each cookie!
LEMON BUTTER COOKIES
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup butter softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 TBSP lemon zest
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp water
- extra lemon zest
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line a 9x13 baking sheet with parchment.
- Cream together butter, white sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs, lemon juice, zest and vanilla and mix until combined. Add in baking soda, salt and flour and mix once again.
- Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 7-9 minutes.
- Cool completely and spoon glaze onto each cookie.
- Glaze: Whisk together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 TBSP softened butter, 1 TBSP lemon juice and 1 tsp lemon zest until smooth.
Enjoy lemon desserts? So do we! Here are more you can try:
- Easy Lemon Quick Bread
- Lemon Poke Cake
- Glazed Mini Lemon Cupcakes
- Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake
- Easy Lemon Ice Box Pie
- Lemon Butter Bars Recipe
- Easy Lemon Sugar Cookies
- Lemon Buttermilk Bread
- Raspberry Lemon Muffins
- Easy Lemon Pudding Cookies
- Lemon Lush Dessert
How to get the juice out of a lemon
I often use bottled lemon juice in this recipe, but it’s very easy to get fresh lemon juice if you prefer! To get the juice from a lemon, I just cut the lemon in half and squeeze it really hard. You can also use a citrus press like this one to get all the juice out of the lemon.
How to zest a lemon
You can also add a little more lemon flavor to the recipe by adding some lemon zest to the cheesecake filling.
Don’t be intimidated about getting the zest from a lemon – it’s really easy! And fresh lemon zest adds such an amazing lemon flavor to recipes!
Lemon zest is just tiny pieces of the outside of the peel of a lemon. I just use the small side of a regular cheese grater – as long as the holes are tiny, it will work just fine. You can also use a citrus zester like this one if you prefer! Either way, make sure to just grate the darker yellow outer layer of the lime peel. Once you have revealed the lighter part of the peel underneath, rotate the lemon and start grating another part of the outer layer.
How do I soften butter?
The traditional way of softening butter is leaving however much you need for a recipe out at room temperature for long enough to soften. However, there are some other, quicker ways to soften butter such as: cutting up the butter, pounding the butter, beating the butter and if it comes to it, microwaving the butter. If microwaving, use the defrost setting for only about 15 sec. You don’t want your butter to melt!
Lemon Butter Cookies is one of my favorite butter cookie recipes and lemon desserts! Every time I make them I’m surprised at just how GOOD these lemon cookies taste.