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Utterly delicious and simple glazed lemon cookies with a buttery and delicious biscuit dough, lemon icing topping, and a little lemon zest = heaven!
One of the recipes that kept cropping up every time I asked for recipe ideas was these, glazed lemon cookies. I was a little unsure if I am honest, worried they sounded a little boring… but honestly? My god, they are insane.
You all know how much I utterly adore anything that is chocolate-themed, caramel-themed, easter, Christmas, Halloween, and so on… but sometimes it is the simplest of bakes that win my heart.
These little glazed lemon cookies are packed FULL of lemon flavour, and have the softest and butteriest biscuit, topped with a simple lemon glaze icing… it’s like a fancier lemon shortbread and I am 100% here for that.
Now, the recipe is a little bit different from shortbread. For the shortbread, I would simply use butter, sugar, and flour (just like my lemon bars recipe) – whereas this uses flour, baking powder, salt, caster sugar, lemon, unsalted butter, and egg!
The difference between the two is worth that extra bit of effort – the beautiful texture of a glazed lemon cookie is unreal – the slight bit of salt helps with the flavour, the tiny bit of baking powder creates a lighter texture, and the egg gives a beautiful richness. The lemon is a given of course.
The dough is quite soft, so when I portion my cookies I used a tbsp measure and rolled each cookie into a round ball. The cookies naturally flatten as they bake to the perfect little round biscuit nuggets as I have apparently now called them?! No idea why, sorry.
Mixing and baking
I used my stand mixer to make my cookie dough as it was just so much easier – the paddled attachment is the dream for all things cookie. I baked them at 160ºfan (180ºc in a regular oven!) and lined them up on large lined trays. Hello, the easiest and perfect cookie.
They take about 12-15 minutes in the oven, as it depends on how golden you want them, and also because ovens really do vary. What could take 10 minutes in one oven, could take 15 in another – and this is normal. Ovens really are all over the place and even just brand differences can change how something bakes!
When the lemon cookies have been baked, you simply leave them to cool and make the easiest lemon icing you can imagine… Icing sugar and lemon juice. If you want it slightly less tart, you can use part water and part lemon juice, or skip the lemon juice altogether and just have lemon in the biscuit.
I decided to sprinkle my baked cookies with a little lemon zest for a bit of decoration and because I love it – but this is optional as always. I just like things to look pretty, okay?! But either way – I hope you guys love this recipe. ENJOY! Jane x
Glazed Lemon Cookies!
- 225 g unsalted butter
- 150 g caster sugar
- Zest of 1-2 lemons
- 275 g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 medium egg
- 250 g icing sugar
- 1-3 tbsp lemon juice
- lemon zest
- Preheat the oven to 180ºc/160fan and line 2-3 large trays with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, add the unsalted butter and caster sugar and beat well until combined.
- Add the plain flour, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, and egg and beat until a smooth cookie dough is formed.
- Using a tablespoon measure, scoop the cookie dough onto the lined tray, rolling each bit of cookie dough into a round ball.
- Bake the cookies in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden and beautiful.
- Leave to cool fully.
- When the cookies have full cooled, add the icing sugar to a bowl.
- Add the lemon juice one spoonful at a time until you reach a thick consistency that is smooth.
- Dunk each cookie into the icing mixture, shaking off any dripping trail of icing, and then place back onto the lined tray.
- Sprinkle with lemon zest if you fancy! Enjoy.
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