15 Favorite Lemon Cookies to Brighten Your Day
You'll be the sunshine in anyone's day when you bake up a batch of bright and citrusy lemon cookies. Here are 15 of our favorite top-rated lemon cookies — including lemon crinkle cookies, lemon cake mix cookies, lemon ricotta cookies, lemon sugar cookies, and lemon shortbread cookies — plus tips from home cooks to guarantee baking success. Smiles are definitely in the forecast.
Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Kim's Cooking Now offers these helpful tips: "Just a word of caution, as the amount of lemon juice that 1 lemon will yield will depend on the size of the lemon, and how juicy of a lemon that you are using. In hindsight, I'd use 1-1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice. My lemon was pretty big, and yielded probably close to 1/3 cup of juice, which was too much. I did end up adding a bit more flour, so the dough wasn't so wet (probably 1/4 cup more). Also, if your dough is sticky, when you coat them in the powdered sugar, the sugar will absorb, and you won't get a pretty 'crackled' look."
"These were very tasty. Like a lemon sponge cake. I did some using the madeleine pan and the rest in a cake pan since I was short on time. The madeleines were fluffy and light but the batter made in the cake pan was more dense. I think letting the batter sit for an hour allows the air bubbles to form and I just lightly scooped the batter into the madeleine pan. When I put it in the cake pan I just scraped it in and it eliminated a lot of the bubbles. So for those who thought it was too dense, perhaps just be very careful with the batter." —jonijolene
Lemon Sugar Tea Cookies
"A complete novice baker over here and these cookies were delicious! Next time I will make the cookie dough balls smaller since the cookies really spread out while baking but otherwise scrumptious. Not bad for a first time from scratch baking attempt!" —Jessica Vaughn Fadgen
Lemon Chewy Crisps
Fresh lemon juice and lemon zest give these easy cookies a double dose of citrus flavor. Recipe creator Jennifer Lipka says, "These cookies will have a nicely browned edge if baked on a regular thin cookie sheet rather than a thick or insulated one."
Lemon Nut Cookies
Many reviewers used butter instead of margarine and all lemon zest instead of a combination of lemon and orange. Maureen calls them "a melt-in-your-mouth lemony treat!"
Lemon Curd Tassies
These gorgeous treats would be perfect for a tea party. Homemade lemon curd is spooned into homemade tart shells and chilled before serving. You can top them with slivered almonds, whipped cream, or fruit before serving. "These are little bites of lemon heaven," says SMICHELITCH. "I did not change a thing to this recipe and my family LOVED them."
Lemon-Butter Shortbread Cookies
"You will love the burst of fresh lemon flavor in these buttery, tender shortbread cookies. And if that's not enough to tempt your taste buds, they get dipped in a tart, lemony glaze. Lemony delicious! Cookies taste more lemony the next day." —Cindy @ My Country Table
Lemon Tea Cookies
"Every year at the holidays, I make Russian tea cakes. This year, the man in my life said it reminded him of the lemon cookies he used to love so much from a bakery he frequented in another town. I tried several recipes I found online and none were right, so I just made my own instead!" —Dana Sweeney
Lemon Polenta Biscuits
Polenta in the dough gives these cookies a rustic texture. Linda T says, "I like that they aren't overly sweet. If you wanted them sweeter, a glaze would work great. but it is not needed."
Lemon Pound Cake Cookies
"Absolutely delicious! Packed with lemon flavor! I pretty much stayed true to recipe. As a personal preference, I baked at 350 degrees for 10 min. I didn't have any lemon extract so I used 1 fresh lemon. Using the zest of a whole lemon and put that in the dough along with the juice of half the lemon in place of the extract. That made the dough too wet, so I just added a little extra flour until it looked right....about 2-3 tablespoons. I also made a lemon drizzle: juice of half of lemon, 1/4 C. powdered sugar, 1/4 C. Heavy whipping cream and 1 Tsp. butter (softened) mixed with electric mixer on high speed to desired consistency. Cake like cookie, melts in your mouth! Thanks for such a great recipe." —Denece Frisbie
Lemon Raspberry Cookie Cups
"They were easy to make and came out beautiful. They are just right, not too sweet and perfect for a dessert bite, with no cutting, plates or silverware needed. I’m so glad I made these and will certainly be making them often. I can’t wait to try some different flavor combinations too. The bottom cookie cup is perfect to experiment with different fillings." —Patrice Cyril
Easy Lemon Cookies
Lemon cake mix is the secret shortcut for these delightful 5-ingredient cookies. BKcook offers these helpful tips, "I used 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and some lemon zest instead of lemon extract. They were really moist and delicious. UPDATE: I made these again and refrigerated the dough for about 24 hours before I made the cookies. The dough was easier to handle after being in the fridge — not as sticky. They also came out even better than the first time I made them...a bit of crispiness on the bottom and around the sides and soft inside. The powdered sugar seemed to adhere better, too. Putting the dough in the fridge was definitely a good idea."
Lemon Spritz Cookies
Home cook vampje made these 5-star cookies and shares her top tip: "I grew up making spritz cookies. I have a new cookie press, and it's been a while so I forgot the #1 trick to cookie press — do not overfill the cookie press tube. Make sure there is room for the plunger." Great tip for first-timers!
Lemony Almond-Ricotta Cookies
"These cookies are a pillowy mouthful of lemony almond goodness. One any Italian nonna would be proud of," says recipe creator thedailygourmet.
Home cook Paula M. agrees, saying, "I made these this afternoon, and they were wonderful! I’ve never had them before, but they are almost like a little teacake. Recipe went together very easily!"