Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen

You'll use just a tad less than two sticks of butter to make these delicate little gems.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Stir in zest and juice. Whisk together flour and next 2 ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°. Drop dough by level spoonfuls 2 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets, using a 1-inch cookie scoop.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 13 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes.

Step 4

Toss together warm cookies and remaining 1 cup powdered sugar in a small bowl.

Ratings & Reviews


July 14, 2016
I made some with my grandma and they taste great!

Khjones's Review

February 09, 2015

b2lawrence's Review

December 06, 2014
Recipe is easy, fast and good. I used Meyer Lemon juice and zest as that was what I had, but suggest for a stronger lemon flavor to use regular lemons. Mine were a bit mild - but delish!

Tighe1's Review

July 04, 2014
Pretty delicious, a little explosion of cookie, lemon, and powdered sugar in your mouth! It is basically a lemon Mexican wedding cookie. Make sure that you let the cookies cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar.

klstoltz's Review

April 06, 2014
Made with oranges rather than lemons and the cookies were wonderful. Can't wait yo try the recipe with limes. So easy to make also. Definitely a keeper!

johnsobs's Review

March 13, 2014

Katiebug123's Review

March 05, 2014
I will definitely have to double the recipe next time. These went to fast at my house! I also liked making these with my daughter. She always snitched little pieces of dough when I'm not looking so I like how with these, I didn't have to work about raw egg consumption!

Vaus123's Review

February 19, 2014
My cousin and I Made these wonderful little gems my grandson just popped one in his mouth and his face just melted along with his cookie. So easy it will become a favorite for Grammy's cookie jar.?

Dough21's Review

February 14, 2014
The only problem I had with these is they are SO GOOD they don't last long, (next time I'll quadruple the recipe). The perfect chew and yummy, as yummy can be. I doubled up on the fresh lemon juice cuz I like a little bite in my bite. They are better than lemon squares, in my opinion!

hcooking's Review

February 10, 2014
Made these for a baby shower and they were the perfect little treat and displayed very nicely. Instead of "Drop dough by level spoonfuls 2 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets, using a 1-inch cookie scoop." I just rolled into balls and they turned out nicely.