Real Lemon Cookies

Stacia Osborn


I noticed the lack of a basic lemon cookie recipe here on JAP. Although I am sure they're delicious, I am not a fan of box mixes and prepared doughs. So there I was, looking for a real, homemade, basic lemon cookie. You know, one without nuts, candy, filling, crusts, or glazes. And I couldn't find one. Sigh. I had to take the unprecedented step of going through my existing recipes! (I rely too much on the ease of JAP! Lol!)

This recipe is from a newspaper clipping. I don't know how old it is I'm afraid.

★★★★★ 3 votes
3 dozen cookies
30 Min
15 Min


1 1/2 c
1/2 c
butter, room temperature
1/4 c
fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp
coarse salt (kosher)
1 tsp
lemon zest (just the yellow part, avoid the bitter white pith)
1/2 tsp
baking powder
2 1/2 c

How to Make Real Lemon Cookies


  • 1Preheat oven to 350. Line your baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
  • 2Stir together your dried ingredients and put aside. Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, mix until blended. Add lemon juice and zest, mix until blended. Gradually add the flour mixture until everything is well blended. Use a small cookie scoop (or rounded spoonful) and drop onto your prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • 3Optional: If you like to glaze your cookies, make your favorite glaze and drizzle over the cookies, or dust them with powdered sugar if you want to make them extra pretty!

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About Real Lemon Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies