Bake a batch of these Chewy Iced Lemon cookies that have a bold taste of fresh lemon in a soft buttery sugar cookie. A delicious recipe for the lemon lover.
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The Best Lemon Cookies
One bite of these lemon glazed cookies and you will taste the fresh, tangy lemon flavor inside the cookie and the sweet lemon frosting on top. My thought, if you are going to make a lemon cookie, make sure it’s lemony.
To make these cookies you just need eight basic ingredients, nothing fancy because these cookies are all about lemons. Just picked from my backyard tree. They are beautiful this year.
Another reason to love these cookies
- The dough and the icing are both simple to make
- This cookie recipe uses a few basic pantry ingredients
- No chilling of the dough required, just mix and bake
- You can freeze the cookie dough for later, and you can freeze the baked and frosted cookies too
Chewy cookies need moisture so try these tricks
If you like chewy cookies there are a few tricks to help you get that perfect chewy cookie texture.
- Use brown sugar which has more moisture than white sugar
- Add a small amount of corn syrup, honey, golden syrup, or molasses which attracts moisture
- Watch your baking time. Remove the cookies when they are still soft in the center, otherwise, your cookies are going to be crispy because you baked the moisture out of the cookie
Simple ingredients for a delicious cookie
- Butter – I love butter in my baked goods for the great flavor. Make sure it is softened and at room temperature.
- Brown Sugar – Using brown sugar helps make these cookies chewy and of course to sweeten them.
- Light corn syrup – this also adds moisture to the texture of the cookie.
- Granulated Sugar – I use this to roll the cookies in before they get baked.
- Flour – I use all-purpose flour to give the cookie structure.
- Baking soda – This will react with the acid in the lemon and help the cookie rise.
- Salt – just a little bit adds flavor.
- Lemons – try to use fresh if available for the best lemony flavor. Make sure to check out this guide on how much juice is in one lemon to determine how many lemons you need for a recipe.
- Powdered sugar – use this to making the icing
Let’s Make Cookies
Step 1. With a stand mixer or a hand mixer and a large bowl, beat the room temperature butter, brown sugar, and the egg to combine for 3-4 minutes, this will add air into the mixture and helps dissolve the sugar.
Step 2. Next, mix in the corn syrup and lemon juice. Make sure to use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
You can use store-bought bottled lemon juice. I honestly have not tried using lemon extract for this recipe.
Step 3. Finally, mix in all the dry ingredients and the lemon zest. Don’t overmix the batter, just make sure all the flour is incorporated.
That’s as easy as it gets, you don’t even have to chill this dough!
Step 4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and line your cookie sheets with parchment or a silpat.
Step 5. Fill a small bowl with with sugar. Scoop out the lemon cookie dough and roll the balls in the granulated sugar, then place on the cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining dough. I like using a cookie dough scoop to make the dough balls because it’s super quick and easy and all the cookies come out the same size.
Ready, set, bake!
Step. 6 Bake for 10 minutes for beautifully browned lemon cookies. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack.
Step 7. But wait, there’s more, top the cookies with a sweet lemon icing with bits of lemon zest to add some extra lemony flavor. Just mix the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest and ice the cookies. Let the icing set until firm.
Are you a lemon lover too! Try these One Hot Oven favorite lemon recipes.
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And, if cookie baking is your thing check out all the One Hot Oven Cookie Recipes. You will find some delicious and fun cookies to make.
Tools I used to make my Lemon Cookies:
- Stand Mixer with bowl or use a handheld mixer and a large mixing bowl
- Lemon zester
- Lemon reamer
- Measuring cups
- Rubber spatula
- Cookie scoop
- Small bowl
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper or Silpat
Help yourself to a cookie
Chewy Lemon Cookies
Chewy Lemon Cookie Dough
Making the cookie dough
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and prepare cookie sheets with Silpat or parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl beat the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the egg until thoroughly combined then add the corn syrup and lemon juice. Beat again until the mixture is smooth.
- Add the flour, salt, and baking soda and beat on low until combined. Add the lemon zest and mix in just to combine.
- Using a cookie scoop make 1" balls of dough then roll in the sugar to coat. Place the dough balls on the prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. To keep the cookies chewy remove from the oven while the centers are still soft. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 3 minutes then move to a cooling rack.
Making the Lemon Glaze
- Stir all the glaze ingredients together until smooth. If the glaze is too thick add additional amounts of lemon juice. You do want this glaze to be fairly thick so it doesn't run off the cookie.
- Once the cookies have cooled ice the top of the cookies with the glaze.
- Store cookies in an airtight container.
- Take the cookies out of the oven while the centers are still soft. The cookies will continue to bake for a minute longer out of the oven.
- You can freeze the unbaked cookie dough. Form the cookie dough balls and place them on a tray in the freezer. Once frozen place the dough balls in a plastic bag or freezer container. When you are ready to bake the cookies, remove them from the freezer and let sit for 15 minutes, then bake.
- You can freeze the baked and glazed cookies. Once the cookies have been baked and glazed and the glaze has hardened on the cookie, place the cookies in a plastic bag or freezer container. When ready to eat remove from the freezer and let sit for one hour.
First Published: Sept. 22, 2019… Last Updated: April 30, 2021 with updated content for better readability