Lemon Tea Cookies

by Sara on December 21, 2010

Lemon Tea Cookies

Happy Winter Solstice!!!

For years now, my mom has made these dainty little lemon cookies every Christmas. We call them girl cookies, because in my family, we’re the only ones who eat them!

They’re a nice addition to a holiday cookie platter. Bite-sized and refreshing, they are the perfect little treat with a cup of hot tea.

Even better yet, they are a slice-and-bake cookie, so there’s no rolling of dough, and you can bake them off as you like. For an alternative to frosting, simply toss baked cookies in confectioners’ sugar.

Lemon Tea Cookies

for the cookies
¾ cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 ¼ cup flour
½ cup cornstarch
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

for the frosting
¾ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
¼ cup unsalted cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice

for the cookies
Cream butter, lemon zest and juice until fluffy. In separate bowl, sift dry ingredients and mix into butter on low speed.

Divide in half. Shape each half into an 8×1 inch log and roll in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Cut into ¼ inch rounds. Bake at 350 F for 12 minutes. Cool and frost.

for the frosting
On low speed, mix the cold butter with electric mixer (use paddle attachment for a stand mixer) until smooth. Slowly add confectioners’ sugar until blended. Beat in the lemon zest and juice.

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Veronika November 13, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Does this make about 2 to 2.5 dozen cookies?

kathygoog November 15, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Veronika ~ I think if each roll is about 8″ long & you cut each slice 1/4″ thick, each log should yield approx 30 cookies ~ So 2 logs would make about 60 cookies, which is approx 5 dozen. I printed these to add to my cookie list, but trying to decide whether to dye one log green, the other red OR just color the frosting red & green.

Veronika November 19, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Thanks Kathy – I was thinking it might be fun to add yellow dye and make a smiley stencil on them.

Lacey December 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Just finished these little cuties. So melt in your mouth good! Thanks!

Anya Z January 8, 2015 at 7:35 pm

Yummy! In the frosting instead of lemon juice we put in some rasberry lemonade concentrate. Next time I make them I will put more lemon juice in the cookies and beat the frosting for a bit longer. Other than that they were great!

Maureen January 16, 2015 at 5:26 am

My new favourite cookies! I’ve made at least three batches for different occations since I first found the recipe before Christmas. My first batch turned out pretty crumbly, but I’m a novice baker so I usually don’t count out getting things right the first time around. I followed another commenters suggestion and was much more careful about measuring the ingredients and converted to weight measurements and they turned out perfect. Also here in Thailand only can get limes and they’re wonderful with lime instead of lemon. Adding a little fresh lime zest on top of the icing offsets the sweetness a touch and gives a nice addiction of colour. Thank you!!

Shaylynn August 5, 2015 at 3:44 pm

I found this recipie and served it at a party years ago- I have had dozens of requests to produce these cookies again, but I couldn’t find this recipie! Well- I found it! I can’t wait to make them again- these cookies are so addicting!!!

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