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  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • Vegetarian

These buttery lemon cookies are the perfect balance of citrus and sweetness – and only have 5 ingredients! 

  • Makes25
  • Cook time15 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes
Lemon cookies


  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
  • 1 Coles Australian Free Range Egg
  • 2 tbs finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) self-raising flour


  • 1/2 cup (80g) icing sugar mixture, sifted
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 large lemon, rind finely grated

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 448kJ/107 Cals (5%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 4g (6%), Sat Fat: 3g (13%), Sodium: 70mg (4%), Carb: 16g (5%), Sugar: 9g (10%), Dietary Fibre: 0.4g (1%).

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar, egg and lemon rind together until pale and creamy. Add the flour and stir until well combined. 

  2. Step 2

    Roll tbs of the mixture into balls. Place balls, about 4cm apart, on the lined trays. 

  3. Step 3

    Bake for 15 mins or until golden brown. Set aside on the trays for 5 mins to cool before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Step 4

    To make the icing, place icing sugar in a bowl. Add lemon juice a tsp at a time until you have a smooth spreadable icing. Pipe or drizzle the icing over the cookies. Sprinkle with lemon rind to finish.

Recipe tip

Clever storage:
Store iced lemon cookies in an airtight container for up to three days or freeze for up to 2 months. If you have more than one layer of cookies, place baking paper between the layers. You can also freeze uniced cookies, then ice after defrosting.

Lemon cookies recipe

If you are looking for a lemon cookie recipe that has just the right balance of citrusy bite and sweetness, look no further. Finished with a simple lemon icing, these easy-to-make lemon cookies are not too hard, not too soft. They are sweet, tart and refreshing.

How to make these easy lemon cookies

With just five ingredients in the cookie dough, these are so simple to make. All you need to do is beat the butter, sugar, egg and lemon rind until creamy, then mix in the flour. Roll into balls, place on trays and bake – and that’s it! The balls of cookie dough will flatten in the oven, forming lovely lemon cookies. Make the icing by mixing icing sugar and lemon juice and pipe or drizzle it over the completely cooled cookies, and your cookies are all done. Of course, if you can’t wait until they are cool, they are delicious warm and uniced, too.  

Change up the icing

Other decorations also look lovely on these cookies. Try a little food colouring in the icing, or use melted dark or white chocolate instead of icing. With any of these options, you can add coloured sprinkles or hundreds and thousands before the icing or chocolate sets.  

Now get cooking

Lemon is wonderful in all kinds of baking. Try it in a lemon and cardamom drizzle cake, mini lemon and raspberry cakes or, for an impressive dessert, a mandarin and lemon meringue layer cake