Makes 7 dozen

These easy lemon icebox cookies are delicious and oh-so-easy to customize with your favorite flavors, from almond and poppyseed to pecan and coconut.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter and sugars at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add grated lemon rind and lemon juice, beating until blended.

Step 2

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended.

Step 3

Divide dough into 3 equal portions; roll each portion on wax paper to a 12-inch log. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Step 4

Cut each log into 1/2-inch slices (about 28 slices), and place on lightly greased baking sheets.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store cookies in an airtight container, or freeze, if desired.

Step 6

Lemon-Coconut Cookies: Add 1 cup toasted coconut; proceed with recipe as directed.

Step 7

Lemon-Almond Cookies: Add 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted; proceed with recipe as directed.

Step 8

Lemon-Poppy Seed Cookies: Add 2 teaspoons poppy seeds; proceed with recipe as directed.

Step 9

Lemon-Pecan Cookies: Add 1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted; proceed with recipe as directed.

Chef's Notes

You can freeze this simple dough up to two months.

Ratings & Reviews

LovRae's Review

November 20, 2011
These were so easy to make, and added a nice diversity to my usual holiday cookie making. I do think the lemon flavor could be stronger. If you didn't know they were a lemon cookie you might miss the lemon flavor. I added the lemon glaze after tasting my first batch. It adds the perfect amount of lemon flavor and dresses the cookie up too. I will be making these again!

Aryeeka's Review

April 09, 2010
This is my family's stand-by -- these are wonderful! They are gone so quickly, and are healthy, too! Healthy as a cookie can be, anyhow :)

Amerylla's Review

January 25, 2009
Great cookie! I like making and freezing the rolls, that way I am 20 min from fresh cookies for unexpected company. I think they are almost better after the dough has been frozen for a couple of weeks. I tried a powdered sugar and lemon juice glaze on one batch for a bit brighter lemony flavor. I prefer without and it's more of a butter cookie but my roomie prefers with the glaze.