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Lemon Shortbread Cookies + 5 More Must Bake Shortbread Recipes

Shortbread Cookies are a must and these Lemon Shortbread are the perfect Lemon Lovers melt in your mouth Cookie.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Chilling Time2 hrs
Total Time22 mins
Course: Christmas Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Shortbread cookies,
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen



  • 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons butter (softened) (I use salted) (137.5 grams)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered / icing sugar (75 grams)
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 1 1/4 cups + 3 tablespoons all purpose flour (170 grams)
  • 1 pinch salt


  • 1 1/4 cups powdered / icing sugar (150 grams)
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon whole / whipping cream or milk


  • Sift together the flour and salt.
  • In a large bowl with a wooden spoon mix together the butter, sugar and zest. Add the sifted flour mixture a little at a time, stirring between additions.  Once the dough starts to come together (even if you haven't add all the flour), move to a flat surface and knead into a compact ball. (If you need extra flour add one tablespoon at a time, if the dough is too crumbly add more butter, a little at a time).
  • Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate 2 hours. You can also shape the dough into a log or two, refrigerate then slice and bake.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut out cookies.  Place cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C).
  • Bake cookies for approximately 12 minutes.  Let cool completely before drizzling with glaze.  Enjoy.


  • In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, lemon juice and cream, if too thin add more sugar too thick add either more lemon juice or cream.  


If the dough is too hard out of the fridge, then you can either let it warm up a bit on the counter or cut the dough into two parts and warm it a bit by gently kneading, to make it easier to roll.


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.3mg