Lemon Tea Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Lemon Tea Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Lemon Tea Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Lemon Tea Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Lemon tea cookies with lemon glaze might be my new favorite cookie. I bought a huge bag of lemons from Costco the other day. I needed the zest for another recipe (making limoncello, coming soon), but had a ton of lemons left over that I needed to use. I’ve already tried lemon bars, and wasn’t in the mood for a lemon tart. I also saw recipes for lemon cookies on the web that sounded really good.  I recently made blueberry and cream cookies, and thought this base would be perfect for the lemons. I thought about adding glaze as a way to use more lemons. Also, because I love lemon flavor so much, I feel like you can never add too much.

These lemon tea cookies with lemon glaze were like a dream. They were soft and light and bursting with fresh lemon flavor. I originally made them the size of my blueberry cookies, but after taking a bite of the first one, I quickly realized that it would make the perfect tea cookie.  I could see myself sitting down to afternoon tea with this cookie. I shared them with a few friends and coworkers who absolutely loved them, but were disappointed that I didn’t have more on hand.  I guess I’ll have to make another batch and have a little tea party.


lemon tea cookies with lemon glaze

for the cookies:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1-stick) unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¼ cup half and half ((milk is fine too))
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest

for the glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest

make the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg, half and half, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix on low speed until blended. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix just until incorporated.

    Using a medium ice cream scoop or heaping tablespoons, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the dough mounds 2 inches apart.

    Bake the cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until the bottoms and edges are lightly browned about 12-15 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Cookies are best eaten within two days.

make the glaze:

  1. Combine the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a medium bowl, mixing with a whisk until smooth. Add more confectioners’ sugar or lemon juice as necessary to make a thick glaze. Dip each cookie in the glaze and place on a wire rack or parchment paper.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Vicky I totally agree!

  2. Thanks Lisa! The glaze really makes the cookie. I was trying to think of an excuse to add glaze and I thought it might be pretty too.

  3. Thanks Monica! I hope he likes it.

  4. Thanks Alison! The glaze alone reminds me of my grandmother. She filled her house with sweets when I would come over.

  5. Thanks Karlyn. I ❤️❤️❤️ glaze. Especially lemon!

  6. Thanks! And I think swapping lemon for tea sounds good too 🙂

  7. Vicky says:

    Don’t you just love when a Costco purchase inspires culinary creativity? When life hands you a bag of lemons make lemon tea cookies! These sound like they are just the right blend of tart and sweet. And glaze just makes everything better!

  8. Lisa Favre says:

    I think the aspect of this recipe that I’d enjoy most is the lemon glaze. These look like amazing after-dinner cookies. The glaze actually gives it a really pretty look!

  9. Monica Y says:

    I am always looking for new recipes for cookies and I just found the one I want to make next. My husband loves everything lemon, so I am sure he will be glad when I make them. What a great idea

  10. alisonrost says:

    These look heavenly! We love all things lemon at our house, especially in the summer. When I was a kid, every afternoon my grandmother would sit down for tea and whatever sweet treat she had on the counter. Sometimes it was an everyday cake, other times a cookie. They were some of my favorite conversations with her. x

  11. Karlyn Cruz says:

    I’m such a sucker for anything with glaze! This looks really great and easy enough to make! This has to be one of the things I make this Summer for sure!

  12. Delicious! I love this recipe. Looks like such an easy recipe too. I love making cookies and finding new cookie recipes to try. Adding these to our list!

  13. nmetolen75 says:

    We are all about lemons right now, so these would be perfect to make! They look delicious! I’m loving Bianca’s idea about swapping out an ingredient for tea! That actually sounds pretty good too! I think I will start with your recipe as is, though. I’m not confident enough in the kitchen to be making swaps, lol.

  14. Emily Morton says:

    These sound so good! They remind me of some my grandma used to make!

  15. That would be a great idea!

  16. Bianca says:

    I totally thought these were lemon & tea cookies LOL but maybe there could be an opportunity to swap out a wet ingredient for earl grey tea instead.

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