|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 4g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||12%|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 12g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||5%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
These bright and refreshing lemon cookies are tender and soft and finished with a vibrant citrus icing. Cream cheese gives these cookies amazing flavor and texture, and the lemon zest, juice, and extract add a nice lemon zing. Bake up a batch anytime you're craving a sweet treat with a little tang—they're incredibly easy to prepare and will disappear in a flash.
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“These cookies are absolutely incredible! The fresh, bright lemony taste is perfectly matched with the sweet creaminess. I cannot recommend these enough, definitely a must bake!” —Noah Velush-Rogers
For the Cookies:
2 cups (9-ounces) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
8 tablespoons (4-ounces) salted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, more as needed
1 large egg
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
For the Icing:
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, more for garnish
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Steps to Make It
Make the Cookies
Gather the cookie ingredients.
Position a rack in the upper and lower third of the oven and heat to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese until light, about 1 minute. Alternatively, use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Beat in the egg and the lemon zest.
Stir in the flour mixture, the lemon juice, and lemon extract. Beat until well blended.
Using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets about 1 1/2-inches apart.
Coat the bottom of a glass with sugar and flatten each cookie mound slightly.
Bake until lightly golden around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes.
Make the Icing
Gather the icing ingredients.
While the cookies are baking, make the icing. In a medium bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, lemon zest to taste, and lemon juice. Stir until well blended.
Finish the Cookies
Place the cookies on racks over rimmed baking sheets to cool slightly. Drizzle each cookie with a scant teaspoon of icing. Garnish with additional lemon zest, if desired. Serve once the icing hardens.
How to Store
Although they contain cream cheese, these cookies can be kept at room temperature. When stored in an airtight container they will stay fresh tasting for up to five days. For longer storage, you can place in the freezer, well wrapped, where the cookies will last one month.