Perhaps it’s an act of rebellion against my newfound health sensibilities. Or perhaps I’m simply craving summer.

Either way, being the impractical chef that I am, I baked lemon cookies with all the sugar today. I’ve been wanting something light and sweet, and lemon-anything always fits the bill.

I was running low on coconut oil so I kept the recipe completely as is, but you’re welcome to substitute anything in if you fancy it more.

This recipe comes from Martha Stewart, which is always a little intimidating, but this particular recipe suits an amateur like myself nicely.

A quick note before you start: The recipe calls for setting lemon for both the cookies and the glaze. I would use 2 whole lemons, washed and dried, for the amount of zest and juice you need for both.

And if have no idea how to zest lemons, or you just want to make sure you know, like me, here’s a quick video to start you off:

Lemon Glaze Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Lemon Glaze

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest.
3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Add egg, vanilla, and lemon juice and beat until combined.
5. With mixer on low, beat in flour mixture.

Drop dough by heaping tablespoons, 1 inch apart, onto two baking sheets. Bake until edges are golden, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cool 2 minutes on sheets, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Spread cookies with Lemon Glaze and let set, about 1 hour.

Cook’s Note
Always zest the lemons (preferably with a Microplane tool) before juicing them. For orange- or lime-flavored cookies, substitute the zest and juice of those fruits.

Here’s how mine turned out.


And here’s my taste tester displaying his approval. “Mmmmmmm.” ๐Ÿ™‚


If you try them out, let me know what you think. And any tips you have to improve it are welcome too.

Happy baking! And happy weekend!