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The BEST Lemon Shortbread Cookies

These Lemon Shortbread Cookies are iced with a delicious lemon icing and are buttery, soft, and delicious! Perfect for any time of the year, this dough can be made ahead of time.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
1 hr
Total Time1 hr 22 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Shortbread cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 155cal
Author: Amy Desrosiers


  • 1 cup butter unsalted, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups All-purpose flour white, unbleached


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon zest to sprinkle over cookies or mix in icing.


  • Preheat oven to 375 if ready to bake cookies.
  • In a stand mixer, add cookie sugar, butter, and lemon juice.
  • Mix together until combined.
  • Add in the salt, and then flour.
  • For ease of working, set out a large piece of parchment or wax paper. Set out 1 tablespoon of flour to make molding the dough easier.
  • Meanwhile, dough should be worked into a ball and pull towards the center of the mixer.
  • Scrape any dough out and with flour hands, add it to the parchment paper workspace.
  • This dough is best to work with chilled for 1 hour.
  • Form a log and wrap the dough up and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. You can make this up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Once dough is chilled, flour a rolling pin and work dough until about 1/4" thick.
  • Stamp cookie cutters and use a spatula to carefully place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • This cookies do not spread so you should be able to fit 12 on a standard size baking sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 6 minutes.
  • Once cookies are done, allow them to cool for 2 minutes before transferring them to a plate/cooling rack.
  • Repeat the baking process for the next batch.
  • Meanwhile, mix icing ingredients until it forms a thick consistency.
  • Allow icing to thicken for about 15 mins.
  • Using a teaspoon, carefully ice cookies.
  • The icing should be thick and nicely coat each cookie.
  • Sprinkle each with some lemon zest.
  • Allow cookies to harden for at least 30 minutes. -Enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 155cal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg