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6 lemon shortbread cookies stacked on top of each other

Melt in your Mouth Lemon Shortbread Cookies

These lemon shortbread cookies are so light, they literally just melt in your mouth! They are the perfect balance between sweet and sour and are bursting with a bright lemon flavor. One bite is all you need to be hooked on this delicious lemon shortbread!
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Scottish
Diet: Kosher
Keyword: holiday cookies, lemon cookies, Lemon shortbread, Lemon shortbread cookies, melt in your mouth shortbread, shortbread cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened (227g)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar (56g)
  • 2 tsp lemon zest From 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract optional
  • 2 cups flour (240 g)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • turbinado sugar optional for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium sized bowl or the bowl of a hand or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the 1 cup butter and 1/2 cup confectioners sugar together on low until light and airy, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Add the 2 tsp lemon zest, 1/2 tsp lemon juice, and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (if using) and mix lightly to combine. Add in the 2 cups of flour and 1/4 tsp kosher salt. Mix until a unified dough forms.
  • Shape the dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Unwrap the dough and place it between 2 pieces of parchment paper. Roll the dough into 1/2" thickness and cut out shapes using a cookie cutter. Repeat the process with scraps. You might have to chill the scraps for a few minutes again before re-rolling. Lift the cookies using an offset spatula 1 1/2" apart onto their baking tray.
  • If possible chill the cookies for another 10 minutes on the baking tray.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until firm. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar or more lemon zest if you want!


Turbinado sugar is coarse sugar or sugar in the raw
You can substitute any citrus in this recipe. 
Don't be afraid to re chill the dough. If it gets too hard to work with just chill it in the fridge or freezer for 5 minutes. 
Use any shape cookie cutter that you want!


Nutrition Facts
Melt in your Mouth Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 116 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 26mg1%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 236IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.