This recipe gets its name from a story that I read to my son about a princess whose only wish is to find a prince that can make a cookie that is as tiny and delicate as she is. This is a delicious little lemon cookie that will not disappoint! They can either be drizzled with a lemon glaze made of confectioners sugar and fresh lemon juice, or rolled in sugar before baking for a more subtle lemon flavor.

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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl until thoroughly combined. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy, about 5 minutes, then beat in eggs, one at a time, incorporating each before adding the next. Beat in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. Gently mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Chill the dough about 30 minutes.

  • Scoop up about 1 1/2 teaspoon of dough per cookie, gently form into a ball, and place the balls onto baking sheets about 2 inches apart.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are set and just beginning to brown at the edges, about 8 minutes; cool on baking sheets for 1 minute before removing to finish cooling on racks.

Nutrition Facts

90 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 12.4g 4% DV; fat 4.1g 6% DV; cholesterol 17.9mg 6% DV; sodium 80.8mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2013
I am the recipe submitter- for those of you that have been curious about the story that I'm referring to, it is out of an old Sesame Street alphabet book that was mine when I was a child. The recipe was my own creation, but the story was the inspiration. :). Hope this helps. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2010
Definitely light fluffy and delicious - but I was hoping for a stronger lemony taste. I can barely taste it after baking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2013
I am the recipe submitter- for those of you that have been curious about the story that I'm referring to, it is out of an old Sesame Street alphabet book that was mine when I was a child. The recipe was my own creation, but the story was the inspiration. :). Hope this helps. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2011
Light and lemony! A delicate, sweet little cookie that's perfect for any little princess to enjoy at tea parties along with her "imaginary" friends. These are so easy to make and while they aren't crisp but are more spongy and cake-like cookies they are none the less delicious. I did a lemon glaze on some, rolled a few in turbinado sugar before baking, and dusted others with powdered sugar just to change it up a bit. Overall, very good little cookies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2010
Knowing my preference for a crisp cookie i left out 1 egg. I got a crisp thin cookie with a great lemon flavor. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2010
Really tasty! A little spongy and soft for my intent (shipping half way across the globe) but darn tasty for home. I made a simple syrup of Lemon Juice and white sugar, dipped a fork in it, and pressed each dough ball down with the dipped fork, and it made a nice little crunchy pattern on top. I then drizzled the syrup on the cookies fresh out of the oven. YUMMY! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2010
These are fantastic lemon cookies! I followed the recipe exactly. I was a little nervous after reading the reviews that I would end up with spongey or cakey cookies, but they were perfect...light and slightly chewy. I definitely recommend drizzling the cookies with the glaze that the recipe poster suggests in the first review. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2010
I didn't have any lemon to zest on hand so I substituted with a tbsp of lemon peel and about 1/2 tsp of lemon extract. I don't know how it compares to the original recipe but it was really super. Great soft spongy cookies - fit for a princess indeed! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2011
I usually don't rate recipes-- most of the ones I try already have tons of glowing reviews and I figure there's no need really. But I came looking for a lemon cookie recipe, found these, and tried them.. even though there weren't all that many reviews. I am so glad I did! They were perfect. I have to disagree with anyone who thought they were a little too spongey, a little too lemony, sweet, whatever. I wouldn't have changed one single thing and my entire family (including my 70-year-old mom and my 2-year-old daughter) kept coming back for more. Yay! I bet this recipe sky rockets in popularity in the coming months. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2010
Definitely light fluffy and delicious - but I was hoping for a stronger lemony taste. I can barely taste it after baking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2010
I am pretty sure I found my new most favorite ever cookie I love these things and so does my little princess and the whole family. Perfect flavor the glaze perfects them! Read More
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