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Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Shortbread Cookies Recipe creates the most amazing melt in your mouth buttery sweet cookie with a luscious lemon flavor. These cookies are perfect for everything from Holidays to special occasions or just simply as a treat for lemon lovers. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 208kcal
Author Heather



  • 2 lg lemons zested
  • 3/4 lb unsalted butter *room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour *see notes above one how to measure
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Cookie Topping

  • 1 lg lemon zested
  • 1/4 cup Sparkling Sugar


  • Using a stand mixer with paddle attachment mix together softened butter with zest of 2 lemons making sure to scrape down sides halfway through mixing.
  • Mix granulated sugar with butter just until combined and then mix in lemon extract.
  • Sift together flour and salt. With stand mixer turned off, add all of the flour mixture and mix on the lowest speed until dough just comes together, about 2 mins. 
  • Place dough on lightly floured surface and form into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 mins. 
  • Preheat oven to 350℉. 
    Zest 3rd lemon and mix with sparkling sugar. 
  • Roll chilled dough into 1/2 inch thickness and form into a rectangle as best as possible. Using a sharp knife cut cookies into 1 inch by 3 inch rectangles.
  • Using a spatula place cookies on 2 ungreased cookie sheets. Evenly sprinkle each cookie with sparkling sugar mixture. 
  • Bake for 20-25 mins or until corners turn a light golden brown, making sure to turn cookie trays halfway through baking. 
    Let cookies cool on cookie sheets. 


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 
**Inspired by Ina Garten original shortbread recipe


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 354IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg