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Frosted lemon cookie on a marble surface

Lemon Cookies

A soft bakery-style lemon cookie with zesty lemon buttercream frosting that is simple to make and sweet to eat.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Cookies, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 18
Calories 393 kcal


  • Mixer
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Lemon Zester
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper, Optional


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar, granulated
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • milk, to thin frosting


  • Combine butter, oil, sugars, and lemon extract.
  • Blend in the eggs.
  • Add flour, salt, cream of tartar, and baking soda until incorporated.
  • Cover bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Roll dough into golf ball-sized balls. Fit 6 on a baking sheet.
  • Bake 8-9 minutes until done. Do not overbake.
  • Let cool on baking sheet 1 minute before removing to cooling rack.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting

  • Beat butter until it is smooth.
  • Gradually mix in the powdered sugar.
  • Add lemon juice and lemon zest; mix until combined.
  • Add milk, a few drops at a time until frosting is thin enough to spread.


Let cookies cool completely before frosting them.


Serving: 1gCalories: 393kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 264mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 466IUCalcium: 13mgIron: 3mg
Keyword buttercream frosting, lemon cookies
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