Very good and accurate recipe. The cookies are flavorful and the frosting is a great extra touch. Love the lemon zest sprinkled on top. I baked my cookies a little longer than the 15 minutes because I like them a little browned.
What exactly is: 2 unsalted butter?
Perfect cookies. i added a little more lemon to both the cookie and the glaze. Love it! Not sure why anyone would think you'd need 2 CUPS of butter.
These cookies are so delicious. I’ve made them twice in one week. The second time I used lime instead of lemon. It’s 2 sticks of butter. If you follow the directions, you can’t screw it up. I added extra zest into the glaze for the second batch and it was perfection. I don’t understand the reviewers complaining about the recipe.
I thought the cookies were excellent but I had real problems with the glaze. I found that is was much too thick to use over cooled cookies and to cover them as shown in the photo was impossible with such a small amount.
I the individuals who had issues with the recipe didn't follow it properly because if you use 2 sticks of butter, it comes out like a shortbread cookie. I personally like more lemon, and thought these reminded me of the lemon coolers I used to find at the store. Made these for a teacher cookie and tea day, and I've been asked to make more because they liked them so much. Thank you, and will absolutely make again. For those that didn't like it as much, try it again.
I had extra lemons and this was the perfect recipe to use them with! The cookies are so soft and delicious. I did everything as directed. At the end I got creative and sifted powder sugar on top! Might be my new favorite cookie.
These ARE delicious. It's 2 sticks of butter. I increased the zest by about 50% in the cookie dough. And using soft butter is an essential step in both the glaze and the dough. I pressed the dough balls down to about half an inch high.
I have made a double batch twice. 10 out of 10. Will make again!
I've been baking for years and I should have known something was off about this recipe. Came out as a spread out, mush of disgustingness. I have to find my old recipe for lemon cookies. :(
For anyone wondering it is supposed to be 2 sticks of butter not 2 cups. Recipe isn't clear and I went by the top comment that said it should have been 2 cups. Even if the butter was correct, I do not think these would have turned out well. SMH
It’s good, but I wish you put in the recipe that it was 2 cups of unsalted butter because I ended up putting 2 sticks. I didn’t know until I saw the comments after baking them…
Is it 2 sticks or 2 cups butter ?
These cookies are so good! They taste like lovely lemony short bread! And i agree with that one other comment, you want to use 1 cup of butter and to beat it for 3-4 minutes. I think what makes this cookie even better is the glaze and lemon zest garnish! I definitely recommend making this!!
Threw away the entire batch of these cookies. One of the worst cookies I have ever eaten do not make these cookies the texture, taste, and overall cookie is terrible. Absolutely disgusting.
Yum! While this wasn’t as lemon-y as I would have liked (the more the merrier for me) but nothing that would be easily fixed with extra lemon zest and icing. I added poppyseeds and vanilla extract to the dough for extra flavor + texture and added some candied lemons on top.
I’m not much of a baker but found this to be an easy enough recipe to follow, my cookies turned out as expected and I would make this again with some extra tweaks or variations.
Don’t be alarmed by the lack of eggs, these are indeed cookies.
Made exactly per recipe and instructions and they came out FABULOUS! A very lemony shortbread-style cookie, exactly what I wanted.
These cookies are utterly disappointing. I doubled this recipe and there weren’t nearly enough cookies for my cookie exchange. Not to mention, they should’ve been more clear when they said to flatten the cookies. My cookies came out fat and burnt. I had to stick a wooden spoon into the scorching hot oven when I came to realization that I had to flatten the cookies. My disapproval for these cookies is through the roof. I feel ashamed to be pulled into this trap with a picture of the cookies looking scrumptious. I am a master chef and this recipe aggravated me. Thank you for your consideration.
Tastes like Lemon Pledge
Absolutely the best lemon cookies we have made. My daughters and I bake for family and several charities all year and these cookies NEVER FAIL to amaze. Threw my own personal recipe away years ago.
Fluff the butter and sugar as if your making buttercream icing allow air to get in there fold in other ingredients no need for eggs, someone commented that there are eggs in every cookie dough...... treat this cookie like a shortbread there are no eggs added to many kinds of cookies you just need to mix the butter more. I mix for 3 mins
I used 2 sticks of butter and incorporated 1 egg and 1/2 tsp of soda from another recipe.
For the icing I put the zest in the icing instead of adding to top of cookies.
Rotated the sheets.
Weird. Not good. I know how to mix my wet and dry ingredients, that wasn't the issue. WHY ARE THERE NO EGGS!?!?!?! Never made a cookie recipe without eggs and now I know why. A waste of good lemons unfortunately.
It's a solid butter style cookie. The dough could be covered and chilled for a couple of hours as it's mostly butter. Any issues regarding flaking...are due to inexperience. I'm not here to teach you how to measure your ingredients properly, especially flour and confectioners sugar.
this elegant little cookie is the most popular one i make. always requested, so i make extra batches to send home with guests...the cookies rarely reach their destination.
I did not enjoy this recipe. The cookie recipe is missing a very important measurement of the butter, which is 2 sticks. My dough turned out flaky and didn't bind very well. The icing was more like a buttercream glaze, but didn't go on the cookies very easily. I ended up using the bottom of a small glass to get a decent size shape. It was a lot of hassle for me and not worth it.
My husband loved these cookies but thought they could be a little tarter. I used Meyer lemons fresh from our tree. They are sweeter than the grocery story ones. The texture came out great with just the right amount of crispness. Next time I will make more icing because I ran out.
These are really good. They cooked quickly and got pretty crispy. I made double the icing after reading a few reviews but actually didn't need that much icing. I made these to surprise my husband who loves lemon bars and he really likes them. I will want to play with the recipe and see if I can cook them a little less. By the time the bottoms turn brown they get pretty crispy, would love it if they could be softer but worry about them being too fragile.
2 sticks of butter. Changed nothing at all except scraped 1/2 a vanilla bean into the lemon glaze. Hands down the crowd favorite. These were fabulous! Thanks for an exceptional recipe.
I figured the “two unsalted butter” was the equivalent to 2 sticks. I believe that’s correct. I made the dough and baked a sample batch first. I used the described method of shifting the cookies from top to bottom rack. That didn’t work well at all! Burned the bottoms of the test batch and a couple of cookies jumped ship right onto the floor (oops my fault) . I don’t think shifting from one rack to another was at all necessary in my opinion but every oven runs differently.
My oven runs quite hot so I always do a test batch then I adjust accordingly. What worked for me was placing the cookies in the middle rack on parchment paper lined cookie sheets and leaving them there until done. I timed the cookies to bake 10 to 11 minutes I checked the bottoms and this worked out perfectly. I alway put my timer on for less then the time required on a recipe just in case.
These cookies taste great and I’m adding them to my holiday cookie assortment. Hopefully they will store well, that will be the next test. According to the recipe these last two days. Fingers crossed they will last a bit longer.
I always use parchment paper so I would say that the others who recommended it so the cookies don’t flatten are right about that. My cookies held shape and didn’t spread too much or flatten.
The butter amount in this recipe is 2 sticks of unsalted butter.
The recipe calls for "2 unsalted butter "
I figured it was 2 cups . Now I'm sure I was wrong .
The cookies were a total failure.
Has anyone froze these once baked and frosted?
These cookies are so delicious they don't need the glaze. Im enjoying them with morning tea or coffee! Also use parchment paper to prevent spreading. Space them several inches apart. It takes a lot of confectioners sugar which I didn't have enough of so I made my own. In a blender- 1 C of sugar , 1 T corn starch or art or root powder. Blend until light and powdery about 45 sec.
Made a batch of these today getting ready for my son’s lemonade stand goodies plates. The cookies could use double the lemon and zest for more flavour. Many of the previous comments said their cookies “spread” in the oven but ours stayed almost perfectly round. They are excellent thank you for sharing this recipe!
I just love these! They're light, crispy and so lemony! I followed Harmony Keltner's advice and mine were perfect with no spreading. Thanks Harmony!
Maybe it was just the heat, but the cookie dough came out too soft to mold it, so I chilled it in between batches. I also used a toaster oven (it's way too hot to use the conventional one) to make these, so if you're like me I'd recommend baking them at around 300 degrees for 12 minutes. They are deliciously crumbly with confectioner's sugar, but a bit too sour and buttery for a sweet tooth like me. I rolled them in sugar (I did not have enough powdered sugar for the glaze), and they were just perfect. Also, mine spread from a one inch diameter to two, so make sure to space them correctly.
I dont usually post when trying recipes but I felt this one may need a bit of additional tips. 1st.....use parchment paper, I cant stress this enough when baking cookies......it keeps the cookies from going insanely flat and from potentially burning. 2nd, chill your cookies after you make them into balls for about 2 minutes no longer. Anything longer and you will have issues un-sticking them from each other. Also, for those having size issues.....use a cookie scoop, once you scoop it out (flatten the one side so you dont over scoop) pop the ball out of the scoop and just tear in half.....then make your balls. Intead of using your fingers to help flatten on the sheet, try your palm. 3rd...and this seems the most important, the icing. Whisk your icing and stick in it a small bowl......pull your cookies off the pan as soon as you feel you can onto a cookie rack. Take each of your cookies and dip them (still warm) into the icing.....top side down , for about 3 seconds.......lift up and shake the icing tip off gently, about 2 seconds....turn back over and place on rack. Your cookies need to still be warm for the icing. If the icing gets to cold or you try using something to slather the icing on, one of two things will happen, you will end up with too much icing on your cookies resulting it over sweetness and not enough or you will end up with chunky icing and your cookies wont look as nice as you want. This recipe works great in the end to give you a nice lemon cookie.
Spread way too thin and wide. Worst I have ever baked!
It is so sickeningly sweet and spreads too wide. You’d have to space the cookie dough further apart in the baking tray. Wouldn’t use it again.
Look beautiful and taste even better! Something you’d definitely be proud to serve.
I've made these several times and they are ALWAYS popular and enjoyed by all. Thank you for making me a genius in the eyes of my friends and co-workers.
These are tasty butter cookies with a hint of lemon and they are just the right size cookie. I’m always impressed when I come up with the exact number of cookies the recipe says I should have and this recipe was spot on. I doubled the icing as others suggested and had the right amount. I love these cookies and will definitely make them again.
I am only able to see a few reviews. How can I see all?
As a borderline Diabetic, it would be VERY helpful if your recipes included nutrition information...especially the CARB counts. Without knowing these counts, I will not be making anything from this site.
I just made these, and they are delicious, but you'll need to make extra icing.