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Meyer Lemon Butter Cookies

Meyer Lemon Butter Cookies are a delightful sweet treat. They are slice and bake cookies with a rich, buttery, and bright lemon flavor.

When life gives you lemons, bake cookies. At least that’s what I did. Things around here the past year haven’t exactly been a complete paradise. It was stressful and sad dealing with the illnesses and loss of my dogs. Plus my mom breaking her hip and needing extra care. Yet things have a way of changing for the better too. At least that’s my hope for a new chapter in my life. What does that have to do with Meyer Lemon Butter Cookies? Oh, not much except the lemons came right at this turning point.

I was out on an errand when the box arrived. The kind folks at Frieda’s had sent an assortment of potatoes, shallots, and Meyer lemons. I gravitated toward the purple potatoes first and made Purple Sweet Potato Grits. Plus I had just made a homemade sour mix with lemons for Strawberry Whiskey Sour. However those Meyer lemons kept calling out to me.

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Pinterest is to blame for the final push. I was perusing pins in the food category and saw one for lemon butter cookies. It led me to the recipe I wound up adapting to make these Meyer lemon ones. Why that recipe? Because it was a small batch and everything done by hand. No mixer or food processor is involved. It was therapeutic to make cookies that way.

Meyer Lemon Butter Cookies are a delightful sweet treat. They are slice and bake cookies with a rich, buttery, and bright lemon flavor.

How are Meyer Lemon Butter Cookies? They are tart, sweet, rich, buttery, and topped with a drizzle of Meyer lemon glaze. A note on the dough. It is crumbly. You will need to keep pressing and kneading it until it comes together. It will eventually, just keep at it. Then shape the dough into logs and freeze. From there you only have to slice and bake. Well, plus drizzling glaze on top.

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What is the new chapter in my life? We are getting a puppy. When this post publishes it will be our first full day with him. I saw a photo of a whippet who needed a home on Facebook. His sweet face captured my heart. I’ll share a photo of him on this blog soon. Meanwhile I’ll be posting photos on social media like crazy. Follow me on Instagram to see it all.

How about more Meyer lemon recipes? Take a look at Meyer Lemon Tahini Dressing, Meyer Lemon Fingerling Potato Salad, and Meyer Lemon Gelato.

Meyer Lemon Butter Cookies

Meyer Lemon Butter Cookies are a delightfully sweet treat. They are slice and bake cookies with a rich, buttery, and bright lemon flavor.
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Author Renee Dobbs


For the cookies:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon grated meyer lemon zest
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour unbleached recommended
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter diced
  • 3 teaspoons fresh meyer lemon juice
  • 1 egg yolk

For the glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar sifted
  • 3 teaspoons fresh meyer lemon juice plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


For the cookies:

  1. Combine sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl. Use your fingers to rub zest and sugar together. This releases lemon oil for more flavor.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt, sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add butter and cut into flour mixture using a pastry cutter until it looks like coarse crumbs.
  3. Add lemon juice and egg yolk. Use a fork to combine. Transfer the dough to a work surface.
  4. Knead and press the dough until it forms a ball. Keep pressing until it comes together.
  5. Divide the dough in half. Form each half into a log 5-inches long and about 1-inch in diameter. Wrap logs in plastic wrap and freeze for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment or non-stick liner.
  7. Unwrap logs and slice into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Place cookies on baking sheet 1-inch apart.
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges just begin to lightly brown.
  9. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely. Drizzle glaze on cookies.

For the glaze:

  1. Stir together all glaze ingredients in a small bowl. Add more lemon juice as needed for desired drizzling consistency.
  2. Drizzle glaze over cookies.

Recipe Notes

Time stated does not include time for freezing dough.

Recipe adapted from Lemon Butter Cookies on the Rincón Cocina website.

Disclosure: I received a box of assorted produce from Frieda’s at no charge. I was under no obligation to post a recipe or review.

Recipe Rating

Laura Dembowski

Monday 8th of February 2016

I hope things start to get better for you! These cookies are so bright and happy. Love the look of the glaze.


Thursday 4th of February 2016

What gorgeous cookie!!!!


Friday 5th of February 2016

Thank you so much Mary!