Cookies!Posts May 24, 2021

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread is the simplest cookie to make, as there’s really only 3 ingredients – flour, sugar, butter.  For a more delicate shortbread,  change out the sugar for powdered sugar and they kinda melt in your mouth.  Or to level up your cookie even more, add some lemon peel and a little drizzle of lemon glaze and voila!  A lemon shortbread cookie that takes you about 10 minutes to make and is oh so delicious!

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Oven temperature: 350 degrees.

Ingredients for cookies:

  • 1 ½ cup butter (3 sticks)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • pinch of salt
  • zest of 1 lemon (I like meyer lemons the best)

Ingredients for lemon glaze:

  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream


Beat together the butter, sugar and zest.  Slowly add the salt and flour until the dough comes together.

Shape the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about ¼-½ inch thickness and cut out your favorite shapes.  Place cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for another 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake cookies for approximately 12 minutes.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Directions for lemon glaze:

In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, lemon juice and cream.  If too thin, add more sugar, if too thick, add more lemon juice or cream.

Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies.