5 from 14 votes
A butter cookie that melts in the mouth with the flavor of rich lemon from the zest and juice of fresh lemons. This simple, easy and effortless recipe for lemon butter cookies is as easy as a cookie recipe can get. Takes no special skills, techniques or tools and gets done in less than half hour including 10 minutes of resting.
Lemon Butter Cookies aka Zesty Lemon Cookie Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

A butter cookie that melts in the mouth with the flavor of rich lemon from the zest and juice of fresh lemons. This simple, easy and effortless recipe for lemon butter cookies is as easy as a cookie recipe can get. Takes no special skills, techniques or tools and gets done in less than half an hour including 10 minutes of resting.

Course: Breakfast, High Tea
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Butter Cookie Recipe, Lemon Butter Cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 133 kcal
Author: Veena Azmanov
Ingredients - Choose (Metric or US Customary) below
  • 228 grams Unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 125 grams Powdered sugar
  • 220 grams All-Purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 30 grams Semolina (2 tbsp)
  • 1 Egg yolk (large)
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon extract
  • 1 drop Yellow food color (optional)
  • 30 grams Powder sugar
Instructions
Prepare
  1. Combine together the flour, semolina, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Set aside

Prepare cookie dough
  1. Lightly cream together butter and powder sugar
  2. Add the egg yolk, lemon juice, zest and food color if using - combine well
  3. Gently fold in the flour mixture
  4. Lastly, add the lemon extract
  5. Gather into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap
  6. Chill dough for 15 to 20 minutes until firm

Make balls and coat cookies
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 360 F
  2. Roll small portions of chilled dough into balls with your hands
  3. Roll into powder sugar
  4. Place on a cookie tray.

Bake
  1. Bake in a preheated oven on the middle shelf
  2. Depending on the size of your cookies and the oven they take - 8 to 10 minutes
  3. Mine took 8 minutes - watch the sides - a slight color on the sides is all it  needs
  4. Cool on a wire rack before you store them in a cookie jar

Storage
  1. These will stay good for about 2 weeks but
  2. Taste their best in the first week of baking.
  3. The dough freezes beautifully for up to six months.
  4. The cookies keep well frozen too!
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Butter Cookies aka Zesty Lemon Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 26mg 1%
Potassium 19mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 6g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 2.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.