Easy Lemonade Cookies

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The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 23 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 4 dozen

Frozen lemonade concentrate is an easy way to make lemon cookies. This recipe makes about 3 to 4 dozen delicious lemonade cookies–you'll want to make a big batch to share! These delicious baked treats are made with lemonade concentrate, which gives these cookies a burst of lemon flavor.

The cookies are brushed with some reserved lemonade concentrate, but they may be iced as well. See the tips below the recipe for a simple lemon icing.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 small can (6 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed, divided)
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (for sprinkling)

Steps to Make It

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 F.

  2. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.

  3. Sift together the sifted flour and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture, alternating with 1/2 cup of the lemonade concentrate.

  4. Stir in grated lemon peel, if using.

  5. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased baking sheets.

  6. Bake cookies at 400 F for 8 minutes or until lightly browned around edges.

  7. Remove the cookies to racks to cool completely. 

  8. Brush hot cookies with remaining lemonade concentrate and then sprinkle with some granulated sugar.

Expert Tip

If you prefer iced cookies, combine 2 cups of confectioners' sugar with 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or lemonade concentrate and a few teaspoons of finely grated lemon zest. Ice the cookies while they are still slightly warm.