Lemon icebox cookies are a quick and easy cookie recipe with a touch of lemon flavor. The perfect summer cookie.
I love lemon treats in the Springtime and well, I deem it close enough! These cookies have just the perfect amount of lemon and a nice buttery flavor. Bonus points for being so easy too! These lemon shortbread cookies are simple and delicious!
Making Lemon Icebox Cookies
This is a very simple lemon cookie dough recipe and with it you can make up to 30 slice and bake cookies depending on how big you make them. Just make sure that the dough is nice and chilled before cutting the dough. The colder it is, the easier it is to get perfectly sliced cookies every time.
Why are they called icebox cookies?
Icebox cookies are called that because they are cookie doughs that have to be chilled. Often, the chilling happens in the freezer (icebox) for a shorter time to get to the desired results because it’s colder than a standard fridge.
How long do cookies stay fresh?
These cookies if kept stored in an airtight container can stay fresh for up to a week and still taste great. The older they become the staler the cookies may seem. Therefore, it’s best to enjoy them while they are fresher.
Lemon Icebox Cookies Ingredients
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-1/4 tsp salt
-2-3 tsp lemon zest
-1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
-1 large egg yolk
-2-3 TBSP turbinado sugar, for rolling
How to Make Lemon Icebox Cookies
In a food processor or blender, pulse the flour, powdered sugar, salt and lemon zest until combined.
Add in the butter and pulse until sandy.
Add in the egg yolk and lemon juice and then pulse until the dough comes together.
Remove from the food processor and form the dough into a 1.5″ wide log. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until firm. (At least 2 hours, but up until 1 month.)
Preheat your oven to 350F degrees.
Remove the cookie log from the freezer and then let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Cut the log in half. (I found it easier to roll/ cut when the log was smaller.)
Spread your turbinado sugar on a plate; roll cookie log over sugar to coat outside.
Slice the log into 1/4″ slices and then arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for about 13-15 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown around edges.
Cool completely and ENJOY!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2-3 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup butter (one stick)
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2-3 tbsp turbinado sugar
- In a food processor (or blender, like I used) pulse flour, powdered sugar, salt and lemon zest until combined.
- Add butter and pulse until sandy.
- Add egg yolk and lemon juice and pulse until dough comes together.
- Remove from food processor and form dough into a 1.5" wide log. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until firm. (At least 2 hours, but up until 1 month.)
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
- Remove cookie log from freezer and let sit for about 5 minutes. Cut log in half.
- Spread turbinado sugar on a plate; roll cookie log over sugar to coat outside.
- Slice log into 1/4" slices and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake about 13-15 minutes, until cookies are golden brown around edges. Cool completely and ENJOY!
How is turbinado sugar different from regular sugar?
It differs from other sugars in that it’s much coarser of a grain and less processed than your everyday granulated or brown sugars. A good example of this type of sugar is Sugar in The Raw, it’s got a darker color to it and larger crystals because it’s less processed. This type of sugar also delvers better natural flavors from the plant’s natural molasses.
Can I freeze lemon icebox cookies?
Absolutely! after these cookies have been baked and cooled you can store them in an airtight container and freeze them for up to 3 months. You can also keep them frozen in dough form for up to 1 month if you want to prep it in advance of a big party and still want the fresh from the oven taste later.
Check out these other great lemon recipes!
- Lemon Raspberry Truffles
- Easy Lemon Bars
- Lemon Raspberry Muffins
- No Bake Lemon Cheesecake
- Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
- Easy Lemon Bread
- Easy Lemon Cake
- The Best Lemon Curd Recipe
- No Bake Mini Lemon Cheesecake
- Lemon Cake Truffles
- Lemon Drop Cookies
- Lemon Cheesecake Bars
- Lemon Muddy Buddies
- Lemon Poke Cake
- Lemon Lush Dessert
This lemon icebox cookie recipe is going to bring the taste of summer indoors with its vibrant citrus taste and sweet sugar crunchy edges. You’re going to love how simple and delicious they truly are!