Lemon Glazed Lemon Cookies

Lemon Glazed Lemon Cookies 1Have I told you all that we don’t have cable? Or satellite? Noperoonies. Nothing like that…just hulu and netflix. Because we are cheapskates. Recently, I’ve just gotten hooked onto Cake Boss. Gotta love TLC. I never seemed to think I would actually like that show like when it first came out, but it’s surprisingly addicting. The cakes they make are obviously too legit to quit, but the yelling, the family drama, the accents and the flour throwing is insanity….and yet so hilarious. Me and TV….like a moth to a flame. Pretty sure this is the main reason I don’t get enough sleep and why I feel exhausted all the live long day. There are other reasons why I’m exhausted, but that’s #1.

What do I do when I watch shows? Eat cookies. Or something else with sugar. Then I can stay up later. Once I finally crash, I’m tired for most of the next day. What do I do to stay awake? Eat cookies. It’s a vicious cycle.

Stupid cake boss.

One of these days I’ll get my act together. But in the mean time, these are my cookies of choice. As lemony and sweet as my Lemon Crinkle Cookies, but more cakey with a sugary and tangy glaze. This is my Mom’s recipe that she’s made for years…..she most likely got it from a friend or some magazine circa 1983. I’ll keep you posted if I ever find out.

Anyways, these are what got me obsessed with lemony treats and are amazing fresh out of the oven with their glaze. Here’s how she blows:

Start by creaming butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.IMG_9566

Add in some vanilla,IMG_9568

an egg,IMG_9569

and lots of lemon zest. I LOVE lemon 🙂IMG_9589

Once all that is mixed well, add in all your dry ingredientsIMG_9592

and while that’s stirring together, stream in some milk and vinegar.IMG_9594

Voila! Cookie dough! It might seem too loose to be a cookie batter, but these are cakey cookies, so that explains the loosey goosey batter.IMG_9596

Scoop these onto some cookie sheets and bake away!IMG_9598

While those are in the oven, we’ll make the glaze. Stir together some lemon juice and sugar and that’s it.IMG_9602

Oh hello gorgeous! As soon as these come out of the oven,IMG_9617

spoon all that glaze over top the hot cookies.IMG_9621

After a few minutes, the glaze will harden up and you can shovel these babies into your mouth! Lemon Glazed Lemon CookiesThat’s it! Super quick and so so delicious!!

Here’s the printable:


Lemon Glazed Lemon Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen small


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • for the glaze--
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in egg, vanilla and lemon zest. Scrape sides and whip again. Measure out all dry ingredients and pour into batter. Slowly mix while streaming in sour milk. Stir until just combined. Scrape sides and mix again by hand to ensure batter is smooth and evenly mixed. Scoop onto prepared baking sheets and bake 6-9 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are barely browned.
  3. While cookies are baking, stir lemon juice and sugar together to make glaze. Once cookies come out of the oven, immediately spoon glaze over top hot cookies. Cool 3 minutes and remove cookies onto cooling rack. Serve. Store any extra cookies in airtight containers for up to 3 days.


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  1. They look like they really melt in your mouth & I love the double lemon hit!

  2. I totally fell in love with lemon flavored desserts this past summer. I will need to make these soon!

  3. I can never have too much lemon!! We have satellite, but my parents also have Netflix. I like it, but the problem is that I can’t be on the computer at the same time as Netflix is on, so it’s hard to get anything done!

  4. Me too! I live on hulu and netflix alone, lol. Speaking of which, I watch Cake Boss from TLC – so glad for technology. I love the glaze over hot cookies – isn’t it awesome? Yum!

  5. I’m addicted to TV. I watch waaaay too many shows, sometimes while eating cookies too. 🙂 I’m loving these lemon cookies!

  6. I am totally on the LLA (Lemon Lovers Anonymous) train with ya. Also, love Cake Boss! It makes me so nervous when they have to drive the cakes all the way across town, aaagggghhh!

  7. yeap, these cookies look super good. but just looking at them make me gain pounds, sooo frustrating. We don’t have cable either, I don’t even watch anything with netflix, I only read book, but lots of them.

  8. Another wonderful lemon cookie! My husband and daughter’s favourites…I’ll have to try these!

  9. I need to put my foot down and be more like you. I have hulu and netflix too, but cable is on tap as well and I’ve had enough! There’s nothing I watch besides Real Housewives and Food Network. I’m a sucker for lemon cookies, and these look light as air. Great holiday find.

  10. Oh. My. Giddy-Aunt!!!!! Lauren are these the lemon cookies that you used to make all the time?? Please tell me they are. Because if they are I’m going to die a happy person and make them as soon as possible! I LOVE THESE COOKIES!!! HOLY CRAP! And even if they aren’t the same cookies I’m going to be so happy because I LOVE LEMON! 🙂

  11. I have a love-hate relationship with Cake Boss. It’s great to see all the cakes but then the antics of the sisters drive me crazy. And some of it so transparently scripted… don’t get me started.
    Let me go eat a cookie instead.

  12. I made these a few days ago and can’t stress how amazing they are! I substituted good ol’ buttermilk for the “sour milk” mixture, and about 1/4 cup greek yogurt for the egg. I had no idea how much they rise and expand, so instead of 3 dozen this made more like 8 GIANT cookies + (after I realized my error) 7 more regular sized cookies.

    So good! Will definitely make them again 🙂

  13. I’m going to make these today! They look so yummy! It’s nice to have a change from chocolate once in a while! I’m also an anti-cable household. If you are interested in how we do it, you can read my post about it at http://ericabuteau.com/2012/12/07/why-we-canceled-cable-and-never-looked-back/ and now, I’m off to watch Cake Boss. I’ve seen it listed but haven’t watched it yet.

  14. These are very good!! Not difficult at all to make. I dipped mine into melted chocolate (half the cookie). Lemon and chocolate – yum!

    • Whoa. Dipped in chocolate?! Will have to try that!

  15. I have been searching for a similar to this since 1980 – funny. Back int he 60s when I was little, my neighbors who were from Germany, used to back cookies that look exactly like yours – more cakey than cookie – and that lemon glaze (smiles). The only variation was that i think they put ground walnuts in the cookies. WHAT? Walnuts and lemon – oh my! So glad I found this – thanks.

  16. I made these yesterday unfortunately it falied. The cookies expand to much and can not hold it self. Msybe because of too much liquid! The milk!

    I substitute the flour with almond flour and the white sugar with coconut sugar to be more healthy.



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