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Glazed Lemon Shortbread Cookies

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A staple of baking in many households, shortbread cookies are also one of the easiest cookies to bake. These lemon shortbread cookies put a simple spin on the classic recipe for a light yet citrus infused cookie everyone will enjoy!

The perfect addition to a cookie platter or holiday gift, lemon shortbread cookies are the ideal mix of sweet and tart, making them suitable as a year round dessert. Garnished with a simple lemon glaze and some fresh lemon zest, I’m going to bet, you’ll be baking a second batch before you know it!

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Are Shortbread Cookies Easy To Make?

Yes! 

One of the easiest cookie recipes, shortbread only requires a few simple ingredients you probably already have at home. Because they are so easy to make, and require no special equipment, shortbread cookies make a great beginner cookie, and are great for baking with kids.

The great thing about shortbread is that you can flavor them countless different ways by adding different herbs, spices, or fruit as in these lemon shortbread cookies.

Related:  Traditional Shortbread Recipe

Should Shortbread Cookies Be Soft Or Hard?

Traditional shortbread cookies tend to be on the harder side, and will have a slightly snappy, yet sandy texture. The center of a good shortbread cookie should be just barely softer then the outside.

In the end, it all comes down to preference, and I have had shortbread that is fairly soft and buttery, and ones that are quite hard. 

You can easily adjust the texture of the cookies by adjusting the baking time. Bake for an extra 2 to 5 minutes for a harder cookie or reduce the baking time by 2 minutes for a softer cookie.

My Absolute Favorite Lemon Shortbread Cookie Recipe.

This recipe is so easy it will quickly become a favorite of yours as well. Very similar to my German Vanillekipferl cookies, these shortbread cookies have just a hint of lemon in them, and are then topped with a tangy lemon glaze.

To make these lemon shortbread cookies you’ll need:

For the cookie dough:

  • 3/4 cup softened butter cubed
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon zest

For the lemon glaze:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

fresh lemon zest on a wooden cutting board

Instructions

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and pre-heat the oven to 325F. 
  2. Mix the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl with a fork until well combined.a series of images showing how to mix shortbread dough
  3. Add the flour , lemon juice, and zest to the butter mixture, and mix until it forms a soft dough.
  4. Roll out the shortbread dough on a lightly floured surface to between 1/4″ and 1/2″ in thicknessrolling out shortbread dough on a lightly floured counter
  5. Use a cookie cutter and cut out the shortbread cookies. Place the individual cookies on the parchment lined cookie sheet making sure they are evenly spaced and not to crowded.cutting out shortbread rounds with a cookie cutter
  6. Bake the lemon shortbread cookies for 15 minutes. Immediately remove the cookies from the oven and place them on a wire rack to cool.
  7. While the cookies cool, mix the icing sugar and lemon juice in a bowl to make the lemon glaze. Pour the glaze over the cooled cookies, and refrigerate the cookies until the glaze is fully set.
  8. Serve the lemon shortbread cookies garnished with fresh lemon zest.

Glazed lemon shortbread cookies on a black cooling rack

Flavor Variations

Did you know you can easily create different flavor variations by adding one or two ingredients to a traditional shortbread recipe?

  • Try adding very finely chopped rosemary to these lemon shortbread cookies to make lemon rosemary shortbread cookies.
  • Add a pinch of finely chopped lavender flowers to make lavender shortbread cookies 

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Glazed Lemon Shortbread Cookies

A light and easy to make lemon shortbread cookie topped with a tangy glaze, this classic cookie is sure to please even the toughest critics!!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon shortbread cookies with lemon glaze
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 2844.3kcal
Author Chef Markus Mueller

Ingredients

For the cookie dough

  • 3/4 cup softened butter cubed
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon zest

For the lemon glaze

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and pre-heat the oven to 325F.
  • Mix the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl with a fork until well combined.
  • Add the flour , lemon juice, and zest to the butter mixture, and mix until it forms a soft dough.
  • Roll out the shortbread dough on a lightly floured surface to between 1/4" and 1/2" in thickness
  • Use a cookie cutter and cut out the shortbread cookies. Place the individual cookies on the parchment lined cookie sheet making sure they are evenly spaced and not to crowded.
  • Bake the lemon shortbread cookies for 15 minutes. Immediately remove the cookies from the oven and place them on a wire rack to cool.
  • While the cookies cool, mix the icing sugar and lemon juice in a bowl to make the lemon glaze. Pour the glaze over the cooled cookies, and refrigerate the cookies until the glaze is fully set.
  • Serve the lemon shortbread cookies garnished with fresh lemon zest.

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2 Comments

  1. I love lemon shortbread cookies and am very intrigued by the idea of adding rosemary, that sounds fantastic and is something I would not have thought of myself. Thanks for sharing, Markus! 🙂

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