Lemon Meltaway Cookies

Prep 20 mins
Cook 8 mins
Total 28 mins

Soft lemon sugar cookies are topped with a creamy lemon glaze in this simple recipe for Lemon Meltaway Cookies. They melt in your mouth for an explosion of delicious lemon flavor in every bite!

A Collage of Two Images of Lemon Sugar Cookies with Lemon Icing

Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies with Lemon Glaze

I woke up in a grouchy mood and I couldn’t shake it off. Coffee, a joking husband and a brisk walk around the block couldn’t cure it. Laying on the couch and hiding under the covers didn’t work…and doing some online shopping (helllooo new dresses!) didn’t help. I was just in a funk and nothing was snapping me out of it.

I finally picked myself up off my permeant position on the couch and went and made Kerri’s Tuna Pasta Salad for lunch. After I had stuffed myself with as much pasta as I could eat, I somehow found myself making cookies.

There is just something magical about making cookies that makes me instantly feel so much better. Maybe it’s the automatic mode my brain goes into once the butter goes into the stand mixer. Cookies are ingrained in me and I am so thankful for their bad mood curing abilities. Cookies always help!

Seven Meltaway Cookies on a Black Cooling Rack on Top of a Plaid Yellow Tablecloth

Why I Love These Cookies

I based these Lemon Meltaway Cookies after my favorite Almond Meltaway Cookies (I also made them as Coconut Meltaway Cookies!). They have the same glorious soft buttery shortbread base and royal icing — but instead of almond flavored they are lemon! They are quick to make and truly melt in your mouth! You just need 30 minutes to whip these babies up — that includes frosting time!

These Meltaway Lemon Cookies are so zesty, they could brighten up any day. I absolutely love citrus desserts — so it should be no surprise that I was head over heels in love with these. Oh and did I mention you only need 8 ingredients? Like I said – easy peasy!

These seriously soft buttery shortbread cookies are perfectly balanced with a burst of lemon juice and zest! Y’all are going to really love this easy recipe I developed for Dixie Crystals!

Yield: 32

Lemon Meltaway Cookies

Seven Meltaway Cookies on a Black Cooling Rack on Top of a Plaid Yellow Tablecloth

Soft lemon sugar cookies are topped with a creamy lemon glaze in this simple recipe for Lemon Meltaway Cookies. They melt in your mouth for an explosion of delicious lemon flavor in every bite!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes


For the Lemon Cookies

For the Lemon Icing


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and lemon zest, mixing until combined. Add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until completely combined.
  4. Roll one tablespoon of dough into small circles and then press with hands (or with the bottom of a cup) into a disk shape. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the centers are set. The cookies will not look browned or cooked, but they are. Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Once ready to frost cookies, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
  7. Using a spoon, smooth icing onto the top of each cookie. Top with fresh lemon zest, if desired. Let icing set for 10 minutes, or until hardened. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g

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35 Responses
  1. Dana N

    Hi Jessica;
    I made these cookies for a BBQ on Monday, and they were a massive hit – and since they were so easy to whip up, I made a second batch last night to bring in to the office today. Again, they are a hit! One of my friends was telling everyone they had to flip the cookie and eat it upside down – and wow, the lemon icing hits your tongue first and gives you that zing. Love it!

    I mentioned your cookies (with credit given) on my blog. Thank for this recipe, it is definitely a keeper!

  2. Keiko

    I made these cookies last night for a luncheon at work, and everyone in the office loved them! When I tasted the icing by itself, I thought it was too lemony, but it is actually perfect with the cookies. Also, it’s such an easy and quick recipe, that I will be making these frequently!

    No wonder you made these to brighten your day… I am definitely smiling after the 4 cookies I just demolished…. 🙂

  3. AthenaTheGreek

    Hello everybody!!I made the cookies here in greece where i live.They were great.Thank you for the lovely recipes you ve got.I really like your blog Jessica!!!Many kisses from crete island.

  4. Jessica

    Does it matter if I use regular granulated sugar instead of extra fine? I’m planning on making these for a work party this Wednesday! They look so yummy!

  5. Katherine

    I made these thanks to your blog and my family raved over them for a whole week. They are amazing and I am so thankful I stumbled over your recipe!!

  6. Morgan

    Was planning on make lemon cookies tomorrow, and thought of adapting your almond cookies to do so, now I don’t have to!

  7. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    Cookies always put me in a better mood – these look fabulous!
    And new dresses….I need to go shopping!

  8. Megan @ megbakes

    What a gorgeous cookie. I’m sorry you were in a funk, but cookies always seem to do the trick for me, too.

  9. Courtney @ BakeMeBetter

    Making cookies always makes me feel better! Or brownies. Or ice cream. Ok. Being in the kitchen always makes me feel better.

  10. Traci

    I was looking for a lemon cookie. I’ve got to make some for the neighbors as a thank you and this is perfect. Thanks for saving me tonight! 🙂

  11. MaryAnn

    I should have read this first! I woke up and make some gross yucky healthy yam bars that belong in the trash due to no flavor what-so-ever. Should have known better. Now these look amazing…going out to get a few things I don’t have on hand, we’ll just call it round two! 🙂

  12. Joanne

    Somehow churning together butter and sugar always makes me happy…and then eating the finished product as well! Love these melt-in-your-mouth citrusy treats!

  13. shelly (cookies and cups)

    Lemon Meltaways are like my second favorite cookie ever…behind chocolate chip, of course…I Adore meltaways!

  14. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    Same here. If I’m feeling down or grumpy or whatever, baking usually fixes that. But not yeast bread or something fussy. Cookies or brownies or cupcakes (no wait, the frosting is too fussy) will do. 🙂 And lemon cookies are the best! These look like definite happy-makers.

  15. Renee @ Awesome on $20

    There’s probably some aromatherapy involved in making lemon anything. It’s hard to be grouchy with the scent of lemon in the air. These are very cheery cookies. I can’t wait to try them.

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