Glazed Lemon Cookies

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These Glazed Lemon Cookies might just be the best lemon cookie recipe I have. Topped with a lemon glaze enjoy this fresh sweet treat!

bite taken out of glazed lemon cookie

Glazed Lemon Cookies | Perfect for Spring

This Glazed Lemon Cookie Recipe is as sweet as my Lemon Crinkle Cookies, but cakier with a sugary and tangy glaze. This is my Mom’s recipe that she’s made for years…..she most likely got it from a friend or some magazine circa 1983. I’ll keep you posted if I ever find out. These are what got me obsessed with lemony treats and are amazing fresh out of the oven with their glaze.

Lemon Cookie Dough

Main Ingredients Needed

Here are all of the ingredients needed for these glazed lemon cookies! So good!!!

  • Butter + Sugar – butter for flavor and sugar for sweetness.
  • Egg – this is needed for structure. Without it, these cookies would spread like crazy.
  • Vanilla – for flavor, this is a great balance to all the lemon.
  • Lemon Zest – for lemony flavor!
  • All-Purpose Flour – this fills out the rest of the cookies.
  • Baking Powder + Baking Soda – both are used for leavening! The baking soda reacts with the vinegar for a little bit more lift.
  • Milk – used for moisture.
  • Vinegar – used to help the cookies rise, don’t worry you won’t be able to taste it at all.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice + Granulated Sugar – these two are used for the lemon glaze! Sugary lemony goodness!

How to Make Glazed Lemon Cookies | Directions

The method for these Glazed Lemon Cookies is super simple! Once the dough is made bake and glaze 🙂 For full details on this lemon cookie recipe check out the printable recipe card down below.

Step 1: Prep

Preheat oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 2: Make Dough

Start by creaming butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in some vanilla, an egg, and lots of lemon zest. I LOVE lemon 🙂

Once all that is mixed well, add in all your dry ingredients and while that’s stirring together, stream in some milk and vinegar. It might seem too loose to be a cookie batter, but these are cakey cookies, so that explains the loosey-goosey batter.

Step 3: Bake + Glaze

Scoop these onto some cookie sheets and bake away!

While those are in the oven, we’ll make the glaze. Stir together some lemon juice and sugar and that’s it. Oh hello, gorgeous! As soon as these come out of the oven, spoon all that glaze over top of the hot cookies.

After a few minutes, the glaze will harden up and you can shovel these babies into your mouth! That’s it! Super quick and so so delicious!!

Lemon Glazed Lemon Cookies

Storing Glazed Lemon Cookies

Store these cookies in an airtight ziplock bag or container for up to 4-5 days…if you have them that long…they’re so addicting and will want to eat them all!

If you loved this glazed lemon cookie recipe you’ll love these other lemon cookies too! The printable recipe card is below. Enjoy, friends! 🙂

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5 from 8 votes

Glazed Lemon Cookie Recipe

These Glazed Lemon Cookies might just be the best lemon cookie recipe I have. Topped with a lemon glaze enjoy this fresh sweet treat!
servings 32 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes


for the glaze-


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in egg, vanilla and lemon zest. Scrape sides and whip again. Measure out all dry ingredients and pour into batter. Slowly mix while streaming in sour milk. Stir until just combined. Scrape sides and mix again by hand to ensure batter is smooth and evenly mixed. Scoop onto prepared baking sheets and bake 6-9 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are barely browned.
  • While cookies are baking, stir lemon juice and sugar together to make the glaze. Once cookies come out of the oven, immediately spoon glaze over top hot cookies. Cool 3 minutes and remove cookies onto cooling rack. Serve. Store any extra cookies in airtight containers for up to 3 days.


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon cookie recipe
5 from 8 votes

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  1. Sugar Cookie Bar Recipe | Lauren's Latest

    […] and their Mom has a recipe for sugar cookie bars. Everyone except my Mom. She was the one making lemon glazed cookies and stuffed peppers. Cause she’s cool like that. ANYWAYS, I’ve been seeing these […]

  2. Carrie

    These look amazing! I may have to try them for my Game of Thrones themed cookie swap this year! I want to do something similar to Sansa’s lemon cakes. 🙂

  3. Nema

    I made these yesterday unfortunately it falied. The cookies expand to much and can not hold it self. Msybe because of too much liquid! The milk!

    I substitute the flour with almond flour and the white sugar with coconut sugar to be more healthy.

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  5. LJ

    5 stars
    I have been searching for a similar to this since 1980 – funny. Back int he 60s when I was little, my neighbors who were from Germany, used to back cookies that look exactly like yours – more cakey than cookie – and that lemon glaze (smiles). The only variation was that i think they put ground walnuts in the cookies. WHAT? Walnuts and lemon – oh my! So glad I found this – thanks.

  6. Marilyn

    5 stars
    These are very good!! Not difficult at all to make. I dipped mine into melted chocolate (half the cookie). Lemon and chocolate – yum!

  7. Erica

    I’m going to make these today! They look so yummy! It’s nice to have a change from chocolate once in a while! I’m also an anti-cable household. If you are interested in how we do it, you can read my post about it at and now, I’m off to watch Cake Boss. I’ve seen it listed but haven’t watched it yet.

  8. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    5 stars
    I made these a few days ago and can’t stress how amazing they are! I substituted good ol’ buttermilk for the “sour milk” mixture, and about 1/4 cup greek yogurt for the egg. I had no idea how much they rise and expand, so instead of 3 dozen this made more like 8 GIANT cookies + (after I realized my error) 7 more regular sized cookies.

    So good! Will definitely make them again 🙂

  9. Kelster

    I have a love-hate relationship with Cake Boss. It’s great to see all the cakes but then the antics of the sisters drive me crazy. And some of it so transparently scripted… don’t get me started.
    Let me go eat a cookie instead.

  10. Vanessa

    5 stars
    Oh. My. Giddy-Aunt!!!!! Lauren are these the lemon cookies that you used to make all the time?? Please tell me they are. Because if they are I’m going to die a happy person and make them as soon as possible! I LOVE THESE COOKIES!!! HOLY CRAP! And even if they aren’t the same cookies I’m going to be so happy because I LOVE LEMON! 🙂

  11. Heidi @foodiecrush

    I need to put my foot down and be more like you. I have hulu and netflix too, but cable is on tap as well and I’ve had enough! There’s nothing I watch besides Real Housewives and Food Network. I’m a sucker for lemon cookies, and these look light as air. Great holiday find.

  12. Anna

    yeap, these cookies look super good. but just looking at them make me gain pounds, sooo frustrating. We don’t have cable either, I don’t even watch anything with netflix, I only read book, but lots of them.

  13. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    I am totally on the LLA (Lemon Lovers Anonymous) train with ya. Also, love Cake Boss! It makes me so nervous when they have to drive the cakes all the way across town, aaagggghhh!

  14. Linda @ My Foodgasm Journal

    Me too! I live on hulu and netflix alone, lol. Speaking of which, I watch Cake Boss from TLC – so glad for technology. I love the glaze over hot cookies – isn’t it awesome? Yum!

  15. Deborah

    I can never have too much lemon!! We have satellite, but my parents also have Netflix. I like it, but the problem is that I can’t be on the computer at the same time as Netflix is on, so it’s hard to get anything done!

  16. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!

    5 stars
    I’m addicted to TV. I watch waaaay too many shows, sometimes while eating cookies too. 🙂 I’m loving these lemon cookies!