Lemon Butter Cookies- Secret Recipe Club

by Heather on September 3, 2012

Here we go again! Secret Recipe Club time. This month, I got Cookin’ Mimi! Micha has a great variety of recipes to choose from, and I especially like her weekly menus and link-ups. She’s never short on ideas. Since my life seems to revolve around making sweet stuff these days, I checked out her desserts and decided on her lemon iced butter cookies. A few weeks ago, I had the best lemon cupcake ever (from here) and since then, lemon flavored treats have been lingering in my mind.

These cookies are just what you’d expect a crumbly butter cookie to be-yum! If you like shortbread, these are perfect. I think the lemon addition is spot on and necessary. I added a little extra salt and it amped up the flavor just a tad. The icing adds a delicate touch, but these are also decent on their own. I can see this cookie being a hit at a tea party :)

Lemon Iced Butter Cookies, makes about 15 cookies
1 stick of butter or margarine, softened
1 cup all purpose flour
5 to 6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons or more lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and lemon juice and zest and mix until the dough comes together. Form heaping tablespoons into balls and place on cookie sheets. Flatten with the bottom of a glass that has been moistened . Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set and beginning to brown around the edges.  Let cool completely.

For the icing:

Mix powdered sugar and enough lemon juice to make a thick icing. Add the juice a tablespoon at a time. Frost cookies when totally cool.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Micha @ Cookin' Mimi September 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

Stunning pictures. These are one of my favorite cookies and I need to make them again, I am so glad you liked them.

Lisa~~ September 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

Lemon cookies are always a favorite of mine, you have me wanting to whip up a batch right now.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry: Fried Green Tomatoes.

Cook Lisa Cook

AmandaE September 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Hi Heather! I had a great time with your blog this past month, it was soooo hard to pick a recipe from the oodles of deliciousness you have on your blog.

Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) September 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I’m having so much fun getting to know all the bloggers in Group A…I’m a new transplant from Group C and trying to say hi to as many of you as possible. I am a lemon FIEND, so these cookies are right up my alley!!

Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies September 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I can never resist a lemony treat. Great pick for the SRC.

Sues September 4, 2012 at 4:42 am

Yum; I love lemon desserts and that lemon photo is making me salivate!

Lesa @Edesia's Notebook September 4, 2012 at 9:20 am

I love lemon desserts in the summer, and these cookies look perfect. Great choice.

Margaret September 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm

What could be better than a melt in your mouth lemon butter cookie.

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