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Meyer Lemon Butter Cookies | Magnolia Days

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.