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

Prep time1 hour
Cook time15 minutes
Total time1 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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