Italian Lemon Cookies with Lemon Glaze for Christmas!

Italian lemon cookies with lemon glaze are made with a few staple ingredients such as flour, sugar, eggs, butter, lemon extract and lemon zest then baked until lightly golden and topped with a lemon glaze and green colored sprinkles to make them festive for Christmas! These cookies are very light and delicate with a soft texture that melts in your mouth with every bite. YUM!

One of our favorite cookies for the holidays!

It' no secret, we love the flavor of lemon. Everytime we make these Italian lemon cookies, they quickly disappear. The subtle lemon flavor throughout the cookie along with its delicate texture, melt in your mouth while eating is what make these cookies so addicting. They're irresistible!

These cookies are so simple to do; no need to freeze or roll out the dough.
Just whip up a batch and bake! Once they are completely cooled, glaze them.

Your family and friends will go bonkers for these, and kids will enjoy making them too - not just for the holidays, but throughout the year. Also, they freeze well too.

An old Italian recipe that goes back for generations, these lemon cookies are popular among Italian-American families for as long as we can remember. Try them, they won't disappoint.


Italian Lemon Cookies with Lemon Glaze

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 + 1/2 tsp. pure lemon extract
  • 3 cups, plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl.  Beat butter and sugar until smooth.  Add eggs, one at a time and beat until each egg is well combined.  Stir in the lemon extract.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt with a fork.
Slowly add flour mixture to the egg mixture, and beat until the dough is smooth and sticky.
Drop by teaspoons onto an ungreased baking sheet, and space them apart, about 2-inches.
Shape each one into a ball as best as you can, using the back of a spoon to assist you.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Remove and set aside to cool before topping with glaze.

Lemon Glaze
  • 2 + 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. pure lemon extract
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • green colored sprinkles
In a small bowl, mix the first four ingredients together until smooth.
Set aside for 2 minutes, allowing the glaze to thicken.  Top each cookie with some glaze, about 1 teaspoon.  Garnish with green sprinkles on top.  Set them aside for the glaze to dry.

Yields: 34 to 36 cookies

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This is a busy week for us. We still need to get things done before Christmas. Do you?
Spending precious time with our family and friends is all we want for Christmas this year.
Hope it's a good one for you too!
...Wishing everyone a Blessed Holiday this year... Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!!

Thanks for stopping by!
   xo Anna and Liz
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  1. How simple and I bet they are delicious! I adore lemon desserts so these cookies are perfect for me! Merry Christmas ladies - hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends.

    1. Hi Tricia! We adore your lemon desserts too!
      Have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends!!

  2. Just made a batch of these. Thought I was through baking for the season but have been craving sonething lemon and these were wonderful! Thanks

    1. So glad to hear! And thanks Elaine for leaving a sweet comment!!
      Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. I love lemon cookies. These would be a hit at my house. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Barbara! And the same to you, have a very Merry Christmas !!

  4. I love how puffed and beautiful Italian cookies look! This lemony version sounds so delicious and lemon is my 2nd favorite dessert after chocolate ;) Wishing both your families a very wonderful Christmas!!

    1. Ours too!! Thank you and we wish you a wonderful Christmas this weekend!!

  5. I have to say that Italians have some of the MOST delicious cookie recipes . . . including yours with all of the lemon! Lemon is so wonderful during winter! I hope that your Christmas was full of love and that you have a most blessed 2017!

    1. You are so sweet Roz, thank you for your lovely comment, and hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well.


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