Lemon Tea Cookies - buttery crisp cookies with loaded with lemon flavor. Perfect for a Tea Party or any time.

Simply Amazing Lemon Tea Cookies – Fill the Cookie Jar

I admit the title “Simply Amazing Lemon Tea Cookies” might sound like a trite exaggeration, but if you love crisp super lemony cookies, like I do, just one taste of these will assure you that I am telling the truth.

Lemon Tea Cookies - buttery crisp cookies with loaded with lemon flavor. Perfect for a Tea Party or any time.

I made these for our monthly Fill the Cookie Jar post. A group of bloggers all make cookies based on a monthly theme and share them in a virtual cookie exchange. Our theme for May is Mother’s Day. And this mother loves lemon cookies. And I think my mom does too. Be sure to scroll below the recipe to see what the other FTCJ bakers made.

This recipe is from the Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook. I thought about tossing in some basil or rosemary, but I just went with pure lemon flavor this time around. I fell in love with this recipe for its ease as well as flavor. Everything is whipped up in the food processor in a matter of minutes.

J and I tried a few the night we made them, then we quickly packaged up the rest and shared with a few staff members at the school in the morning. All four of them raved about the cookies when I picked him up admitting they couldn’t stop at just one cookie because they were so addicting.

You can make them for your Mother for Mother’s Day, or for a Tea Party, or just because you love lemon cookies.

Lemon Tea Cookies

Serves 36
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Meal type Dessert
From book Cook's Illustrated Cookbook
Lemon Tea Cookies - buttery crisp cookies with loaded with lemon flavor. Perfect for a Tea Party or any time.



  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest (2 lemons)
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 1/2 inch cubes and chilled)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar


Preparation time includes 45 minutes chilling time before baking.


Combine the sugar and lemon zest in a food processor until combined and sugar is slightly damp (about 30 seconds).
Add flour, salt and baking powder and pulse until combined.
Add butter on top of flour/sugar mixture and pulse until mixture resembles cornmeal.
In a small bowl, combine egg yolk, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Add to flour/sugar mixture and pulse until it forms a dough.
Roll dough into a cylinder 2 inches around. Wrap in waxed paper and chill for 45 minutes in freezer.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice dough into 1/2 inch thick rounds and place on cookie sheets 1 inch apart.
Bake 12-15 minutes until cookies are just browning around the edges. Move to a cookie sheet and cool.
Combine glaze ingredients in a medium bowl and whip until smooth. Spread a thin layer of glaze on each cookie and let set until hardened.

Until next time, happy eating.

22 thoughts on “Simply Amazing Lemon Tea Cookies – Fill the Cookie Jar”

  1. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don’t forget to Comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. OMG! I am JH aide, I generally don’t do sweets, but these lemon cookies are to die for!! I couldn’t stop eating them!! Thanks Audrey and my Justin

  3. These look divine! I’m a sucker for an iced lemon cookie and there are sometimes where basic is best. Thank you so much for linking up at the Thank Goodness It’s Thursday link party.

    I cannot wait to see what tasty treats you link up tomorrow, Audrey!

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