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Lemon Meltaway Cookies

A bright bite of lemon sings in these lemon meltaway cookies. Perfect for wedding showers, baby showers, Easter, and spring celebrations.

lemon meltaway cookies on a bed of pastel sprinkles on white plate

If you enjoy lemon cookies, you’ll love this recipe for gluten free lemon almond flour cookies!

The seasons are changing and winter is fading to the new growth and life of spring. It is also a time for celebration in many cultures with holidays such as Easter or Passover. Today we are sharing spring cookies and we’d love to know how your baking helps you celebrate special days and holidays. I’m sharing these lemon meltaway cookies with Easter in mind.

The brightness of lemon seems to wake me from winter’s heavier eating routine– simply squeezing lemon in warm water to start the day would be a healthier alternative to fix my lemon cravings…but if you need a lemon cookie to lighten your spirits, this is the one! Lemon zest, juice and even lemon extract (if you have it) come together to make these delicate cookies. You won’t be able to stop at just one!

I started with a recipe from The Novice Chef. She made almond meltaway cookies and almond will be on my list next, not to mention orange, chocolate and Nutella meltaways. I really liked these cookies and think they could be customized for nearly any holiday OR just any day of the week. I think you’ll agree.

Yield: 24

Lemon Meltaway Cookies

lemon meltaway cookies

Original recipe for Almond Meltaways from The Novice Chef.

Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • juice from 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In one bowl gently whisk the flour, baking and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, lemon zest and lemon extract. On slow speed add the flour mixture. Do not overmix.
  4. Take about 1 tablespoon of dough at a time and roll into small balls. Place on lined baking sheet and press gently to flatten the tops of the balls of dough.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes then remove from oven. You can take a quick look at the bottom of one cookie to see that it is lightly browned, but the tops of the cookies should still be pale. Slightly underbaked is better than slightly overbaked with this cookie for sure. Cool on a wire rack.
  6. For the icing: wait until the cookies are completely cool. Whisk the lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth. Dip the top of each cookie into the icing then let set for a brief time until the icing is firm.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Felice

Monday 25th of April 2016

These definitely look like they would melt in my mouth after one bite. Very enticing photo too as I'd love to reach through the screen for one, or two right now.

Karen Harris

Monday 28th of March 2016

I love the tart and fresh flavor of lemons. These cookies are perfect for any day when winter wants to creep back like it did last week.

Anne

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

These look delicious, and lemon cookies are perfect for spring!

Linda @ 2 Cookin' Mamas

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

Two great minds .. I had to make use of lemon, lemon zest and extract in my cookies too along with other citrus. It really is a nice burst of flavor to celebrate spring. These look so pillowy soft and flavorful and, with my weakness for lemon, they are definitely on my list to make.

Hezzi-D

Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

I just love lemon cookies in general and lemon meltaway sounds perfect for spring!