lemony afternoon cookies

★★★★★ 2
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By Paige Nicholas
from Duluth, MN

These cookies go great at any time of the day. Light, with just enough lemon to keep people coming back for more. The lemon zest really makes these cookies zing!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Soft and chewy, these lemon cookies have almost a cake-like texture. The lemon flavor is just enough citrus. Mixed with the sweetness of the cookie and the powdered sugar on top, lemon lovers are going to enjoy this cookie. They're light and refreshing.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2
serves 4 doz.
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For lemony afternoon cookies

  • 1/2 c
    unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 c
    sugar
  • 2 lg
    eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/4 c
    lemon juice
  • 2 tsp
    freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 2 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c
    powdered sugar (dusting tops of the cookies)

How To Make lemony afternoon cookies

  • Oven set to preheat.
    1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Creaming together butter and sugar.
    2
    In a large mixing bowl, add butter and sugar. Cream together, on medium speed, until well blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Incorporating eggs and lemon zest.
    3
    On low speed add eggs, one at a time, mix until blended. Add lemon juice and zest, mixing until blended.
  • Flour, salt, and baking powder added to the bowl.
    4
    In another bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add to the cream mixture and mix together well.
  • Tablespoons of dough placed on the baking sheet.
    5
    Drop by rounded tablespoons, onto a prepared baking sheet, 2 inches a part. (I like to use a Tablespoon sized ice cream scoop.)
  • Lemon cookies baking in the oven.
    6
    Bake for 12 - 15 minutes. Edges should be firm, with little or no color.
  • Baked cookies dusted with powdered sugar.
    7
    Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks and let cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar.
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