Photo: Jan Smith
36 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

When shaping these buttery cookies, do not try to form perfectly smooth balls. If the dough is handled too much, the cookies will become heavy and dense.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

To prepare cookies, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, cornstarch, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

Step 3

Combine 1 cup powdered sugar, butter, cheese, and vanilla in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes). Add flour mixture; stir until just combined (dough will be dry and crumbly). Shape dough into 36 (1-inch) balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on pans on wire racks. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

Step 4

To prepare glaze, combine 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar and lemon juice, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Dip tops of cookies in glaze; place on wire racks. Let cookies stand for 30 minutes or until glaze is set.

Ratings & Reviews

angelfromheaven's Review

October 16, 2011
These are wonderfully delicious!!! The texture of the cookie is definitely melt in your mouth. The glaze adds lots of lemon flavor and is what makes these cookies so addicting. I disagree with the review that these cookies aren't pretty enough for a Christmas cookie tray. They resemble snowballs but if more color is desired, you could easily add food coloring to the glaze and/or top with sprinkles. Another idea is to serve them in paper candy cups that correlate with the holiday. For added lemon flavor, I will be adding lemon zest to the cookie dough next time. Easy and fun recipe that is great for the kids to help out with. Be sure to not overmix or over handle the dough. So happy to be adding it to my collection. Yummy!!!

jmeleeS's Review

December 10, 2012
Made these over the weekend as a start to holiday cookie baking. Overall, I thought they were very good, but I did amp the lemon flavor both in the base and the glaze. For the base, I put about 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind and about 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice. For the glaze, I used the juice of 1 whole lemon and only about 3/4 cup of powdered sugar (I used a taste test for intensity on the lemon for what I preferred). My negative is the shape / look - at the end of the baking, I had only 1/2 of the servings for number of cookies (and they were only about a quarter in size) and they looked like califlower since I didn't want to "handle" too much to shape the balls. I glazed each cookie in its entirety and put 2 rounds of glaze on each. After the set time, they were delicous and are even more tasty after 1 day since the glaze starts to set in the dough. I would make again definitely, but try smaller dough balls & to form a bit better for cooking. Enjoy!

cherryfern's Review

June 17, 2013
I thought these were great. I added extra vanilla, which i always do for cookies, but i think this may have made the dough less dry because it wasn't crumbly at all. I had no trouble rolling the dough into balls and i guess was less intimidated by the warning not to handle them too much. Using a tablespoon i scooped the dough and rolled each dough ball for about two seconds which was plenty of time to get a nice shape. Personally i thought these cookies looked as lovely as they tasted and would have had no issues giving them away as gifts. I glazed them several times as well to get a super lemony flavour, waiting for the glaze to dry a little before dipping again until all the glaze was gone. Looking forward to making these again!

DeeDeeDC's Review

December 27, 2011
I made these for the first time this year. I sprinkled them with red sugar, and it add to my festival plate of cookies.

eamcl1's Review

December 01, 2011
I have made these for our annual cookie exchange for the past 3 years and they are always a big hit. It's nice that they are a little different and very tasty. My first batch was a little rough, do not over mix the dough! The rest came out great.

DeeHer's Review

December 14, 2010
Yum! So delicious and easy to make. I don't know why the recipe calls for so much lemon glaze, I used maybe less than 1/4 of it. Will definitely make again, so good!

gailer's Review

July 21, 2013
I love Cooking Light recipes but this one might be too "light." The cornstarch is not tasty for a cookie.

runmom3's Review

December 30, 2010
Good, easy recipe. I used lime instead of lemon and added the zest to the cookie and the glaze for some color. My 5-year-old helped me form the balls. It's a kid-friendly recipe.

osilla's Review

January 04, 2012
Not bad. I skipped the glaze and made them as thumbprint cookies with plum jam, and they were much more interesting & delicious.

Wunderchic's Review

December 17, 2012
Love these! Made for a cookie exchange and we all loved the lemon flavor. Used the leftover glaze for decorating cutout sugar cookies. Worked well, used a plastic sandwich bag with one edge cut as a piping bag. Just make sure to let the glaze set before handling. Will definitely make again