Frosted Lemon Cookies

These cookies were made by a lady in a cookie exchange years ago and they've been a holiday favorite ever since. They're the first to go on the entire cookie tray! They are amazing. I'd eat them year-round if they didn't require a little extra prep time with the fresh lemon!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
36 cookies



  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened

  • 6 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 cup cornstarch

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel


  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 3 drops yellow food coloring, or as desired (Optional)


  1. Combine butter and sugar for cookies in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Mix in cornstarch. Add flour, lemon juice, and lemon peel; beat on low speed until a soft dough forms. Shape dough into a 2-inch diameter log. Wrap in waxed paper and chill in the refrigerator until firm, 1 to 2 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Remove dough from refrigerator and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool, 8 to 10 minutes more. Repeat with remaining dough.

  5. While cookies are baking, combine powdered sugar, butter, lemon peel, lemon juice, and food coloring for frosting in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread frosting onto cooled cookies. Let frosting dry completely before storing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

193 Calories
13g Fat
19g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 193
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 91mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 14mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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