|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 4g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||12%|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 12g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||5%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
These bright and refreshing lemon cookies are tender and soft and finished with a vibrant citrus icing. Cream cheese gives these cookies amazing flavor and texture, and the lemon zest, juice, and extract add a nice lemon zing. Bake up a batch anytime you're craving a sweet treat with a little tang—they're incredibly easy to prepare and will disappear in a flash.
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For the Cookies:
2 cups (9 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
8 tablespoons (4 ounces) salted butter, softened
4 ounces (1/2 block) cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, plus more for flattening cookies
1 large egg
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
For the Icing:
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 to 3 teaspoons lemon zest, plus more for garnish
Make the Cookies
Gather the cookie ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour with the baking powder. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese until light, about 1 minute.
Add the sugar and beat for about 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and the lemon zest.
Stir in the flour mixture, the lemon juice, and lemon extract. Beat until well blended.
Using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets.
Coat the bottom of a glass with sugar and flatten each cookie mound just slightly.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned.
Make the Icing
Gather the icing ingredients.
While the cookies are baking, make the icing. In a bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, and 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon zest (to taste). Stir until well blended.
Finish the Cookies
Place the cookies on racks to cool slightly. Drizzle each cookie with a scant teaspoon of lemon icing. Garnish with additional lemon zest if desired.
How to Store
Although they contain cream cheese, these cookies can be kept at room temperature. When stored in an airtight container they will stay fresh tasting for up to five days. For longer storage, you can place in the freezer, well wrapped, where the cookies will last one month.