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Lemon Cookies

Elevate your tea-time with this Lemon Cookies recipe, which is a perfect combination of sweet and tangy flavors.

March 15, 2023
Difficulty Medium
Servings 6-8 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 25 mins



  1. In a large mixing bowl, add unsalted butter and granulated sugar. Whisk them until completely mixed.
  2. Then add vanilla, eggs to your mixture and continue whisking.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, lemon juice and lemon zest to the mixture that has started to take its consistency and continue kneading by hand.
  4. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill the dough for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 356 °F (180 °C). Place baking paper on the baking tray .
  6. When the dough takes a consistency, cut the pieces to be larger than the walnut and shape it by hand or with the cookie scoop.
  7. Place the dough you shape on the baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  8. Then bake on the middle shelf of the oven for about 12 minutes, until golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Eat them with pleasure.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Lemon Cookies
Serves 6-8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 45 mg15%
Sodium 69 mg3%
Potassium 134 mg2.9%
Protein 4.7 g9.4%
Total Fat 9.3 g11.9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use fresh lemons. Use fresh lemon juice or lemon zest. This gives the cookie an intense lemon flavor.
  • You can use ready-made lemon juice instead of fresh lemon juice. Cookies don't taste as fresh and bright as fresh lemon juice.
  • Measure the flour correctly. You can use a kitchen scale or measuring cup to measure the flour. Flatten the flour with the back of the knife. In this way, you can make more accurate measurements. Otherwise, too much flour can cause the cookie dough to become tough.
  • Use ingredients at room temperature. To bring egg, butter, and milk-based ingredients to room temperature, let them sit at room temperature for at least one hour before using them. In this way, the dough will have an even texture.
  • Adjust the amount of lemon flavoring to your taste. For a lighter lemon flavor, you can reduce the amount of lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • Do not overmix the dough. Mix the dough until the ingredients are combined. Otherwise, the cookie may be hard and dry.
  • Use a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to place the dough on the baking sheet. This ensures that the cookies are of even size and bake evenly.
  • Place the cookies evenly on the baking tray. The cookies will spread as they bake.
  • Chill the dough. After mixing the dough, shape it into a disc, wrap it in cling film, and refrigerate the dough for at least an hour, until it has completely solidified. Chilling the dough before baking helps the cookies hold their shape and prevents them from spreading too much in the oven.
  • Use parchment paper. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent cookies from sticking and to make cleaning easier.
  • Make sure the baking tray is at room temperature. Otherwise, an overheated baking sheet may cause the cookie dough to spread.
  • Do not overcook the cookies. Check constantly while the cookies are baking. Otherwise, the cookie may be hard and dry.
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The tea, goes back to the 1500s, is loved by the whole world. As such, the variety of snacks served alongside tea has been enriched for centuries. Undoubtedly, cookies come first among these snacks. Here is a legendary flavor from Turkish cuisine, from the colorful citrus of the Mediterranean to the fertile wheat of Anatolia: Lemon Cookie.

Try our Homemade Lemon Cookies recipe, which adds a refreshing twist to classic cookie recipes with its bright and zingy flavors. Bon Appetit!

Do You Know These about Cookies?

Did you know that the cookies we love and eat today come about by chance? In the past, bakers used to tear small pieces of pastry dough into their ovens to test if their oven was getting hot enough. These small test doughs were called "koekje", which means "small cake" in Dutch. One day, this "koekje" was crunchy and very tasty. This sweet coincidence has turned into “Cookie” in English and became one of the most popular foods of our time.

How To Make Lemon Cookies without Eggs?

You can make this homemade lemon cookie recipe without eggs by using substitutes like applesauce, yogurt, or mashed banana instead of eggs. However, the texture and flavor will be slightly different from traditional lemon cookies.
To make eggless lemon cookies,

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C). Cover the baking tray with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the unsalted butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the applesauce, lemon juice, and lemon zest to the bowl. Stir the ingredients until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Using a cookie scoop or spoon, place the cookies about 5 cm apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly golden.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on a baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Serve them.

How To Make Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies?

You can make these homemade lemon cookies gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour mix instead of all-purpose flour. Also, make sure all ingredients are gluten-free, including baking soda and vanilla extract.

Gluten-free lemon cookies may have a slightly different texture compared to traditional lemon cookies. In addition, gluten-free cookies bake faster than regular cookies. Check constantly while the cookies are baking.

For more, check out our "Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies" recipe.

Why Do Lemon Cookies Turn Out Too hard?

There are many reasons why lemon cookies may be too hard:

  • Overbaking: Overbaking cookies can result in dry, hard cookies. Be sure to check the cookies a few minutes before the recommended baking time to avoid overcooking.
  • Using too much flour: If you add too much flour to the dough, it can make the cookies too dry and tough. Make sure you measure your ingredients correctly.
  • Not enough moisture: If you don't add enough wet ingredients, such as eggs, lemon juice, or butter to the dough, the cookies can become dehydrated and harden. Make sure you add the correct amount of each ingredient according to the recipe.
  • Incorrect oven temperature: If your oven temperature is too high, cookies can bake and harden too quickly. Use an oven thermometer to check that the oven temperature is correct.

How To Keep Lemon Cookies From Hardening?

Here are some tips to prevent Lemon Cookies from hardening:

  • Don't over bake the cookies: Overbaking will cause the cookies to be dry and tough. Check the cookies a few minutes before the recommended baking time to make sure they are not overcooked.
  • Use the right amount of ingredients: Make sure you measure the ingredients correctly to prevent the cookies from becoming too dry or hard. Use a kitchen scale or measuring cup to measure ingredients accurately.
  • Add enough moisture: Make sure you add the right amount of wet ingredients to the dough.
  • Use the right flour: Different types of flour can produce different results in baked goods. Be sure to use the type of flour or substitutes specified in the recipe.
  • Do not over-mix the dough: Over-mixing the dough can cause the dough to become tough. Mix the dough until the ingredients are combined, avoiding over-mixing.

Make sure you measure the ingredients correctly for soft and chewy homemade lemon cookies. Furthermore, follow the recipe carefully and avoid overbaking your cookies. Check the cookies a few minutes before the recommended baking time in the recipe.

What To Serve with Lemon Cookies?

Lemon cookies are delicious and satisfying cookies that you can serve with snacks or desserts. It can be served plain or with a lemon glaze. These homemade lemon cookies are perfect for tea and coffee time. For a refreshing and sweet treat, serve the lemon cookies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It can also be served with fresh fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Lemon Cookies:

How To Store Lemon Cookies?

To keep lemon cookies fresh and delicious for a long time, it's important to store them properly. Here are some tips for storing lemon cookies:

  • Store in an airtight container. Put your lemon cookies in an airtight container, such as a cookie jar, to prevent air and moisture from getting in.
  • Store at room temperature. Lemon cookies made with eggs can keep for several days at room temperature if stored properly. After baking, allow the cookies to cool completely before storing them. Then store it in an airtight container or plastic bag.
  • Freeze for longer storage. For longer storage, lemon cookies can be frozen for up to 1 month. Put the cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag. Store in the freezer for up to one month.
  • Separate layers with parchment paper. Separate the lemon cookies with parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together.

Can Lemon Cookies Be Stored In The Refrigerator?

Yes, you can store lemon cookies made with eggs in the refrigerator to extend their shelf life. After baking and cooling the cookies, place them in an airtight container or plastic bag. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Storing cookies in the refrigerator can cause them to dry out more quickly. To prevent the cookies from drying out too much, you can put a piece of bread or a slice of apple in the container or bag containing the cookies. Before serving the cookies, take them out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature. This will help bring out their flavors and textures.

Can Lemon Cookies Be Frozen?

Yes. You can freeze these homemade lemon cookies. After baking the cookies, let them cool completely at room temperature. Then place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. To prevent the cookies from sticking together, lay greaseproof paper between each layer. Freeze cookies for up to one month.
Before serving the cookies, remove them from the freezer and thaw at room temperature for several hours or overnight. You can heat the cookies in the oven or microwave.

However, freezing cookies can affect their texture and flavor. It may not be as soft or chewy as fresh cookies.

Can Lemon Cookie Dough Be Frozen?

Yes, you can freeze lemon cookie dough for up to 3 months. Divide the dough into balls and freeze on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag. Thaw the dough in the refrigerator the night before baking.

Can Lemon Cookies Be Made Ahead of Time?

Yes, lemon cookies can be made ahead of time.

  • Bake the cookies according to the recipe.
  • Then leave the cookies you baked to cool at room temperature.
  • Store in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature, in the refrigerator, or in the freezer.

If you're making the cookies a day ahead, you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container. Be sure to store the cookie jar in a cool, dry place.

If you're making the cookies a few days in advance, you can store them in the refrigerator or freezer. The refrigerator can keep cookies fresh for up to a week, while the freezer can keep them fresh for several weeks.

If you are storing the cookies in the refrigerator or freezer, allow them to come to room temperature before serving.

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