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Frosted Lemon Cookies Soft chewy lemon cookies with fresh lemon cream cheese frosting. The perfect frosted lemon cookie recipe! www.modernhoney.com #lemon #lemoncookies #lemondesserts

Frosted Lemon Cookies

Soft chewy lemon cookies with fresh lemon cream cheese frosting. The perfect frosted lemon cookie recipe!

One of my most popular recipes on Modern Honey has always been my LEMON SUGAR COOKIES.  So I decided to take them up a notch and spread homemade lemon cream cheese frosting over the lemon cookies. Now we are talking! I could eat this frosting by the spoonful. It is THAT GOOD.

Frosted Lemon Cookies Soft chewy lemon cookies with fresh lemon cream cheese frosting. The perfect frosted lemon cookie recipe! www.modernhoney.com #lemon #lemoncookies #lemondesserts

Whenever I think of lemon, I think of my Mom. She’s one of the best people I have ever met in my life. Her heart is gold and she spends her days helping and doing things for others. She has taken my lemon sugar cookies to countless people! I am pretty sure she is baking something for somebody every single day. She’s a saint! But she’s always been a huge fan of these lemon cookies so I can’t wait for her to try these frosted lemon cookies.

Frosted Lemon Cookies Soft chewy lemon cookies with fresh lemon cream cheese frosting. The perfect frosted lemon cookie recipe! www.modernhoney.com #lemon #lemoncookies #lemondesserts

The lemon sugar cookies are the perfect soft and chewy cookie with a light lemon flavor. This lemon cookie recipe calls for both lemon juice and lemon zest to give it a punch of lemon flavor. Most of the fresh lemony tart notes comes from the zest and the juice brings the freshness. I also use fresh lemons to make these cookies since it is the star ingredient. You are going to love these frosted lemon cookies!

The lemon cream cheese frosting is made with sweet cream butter, softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. It isn’t too tart or too sweet and is just right.

Frosted Lemon Cookies Soft chewy lemon cookies with fresh lemon cream cheese frosting. The perfect frosted lemon cookie recipe! www.modernhoney.com #lemon #lemoncookies #lemondesserts

How to make Frosted Lemon Cookies:

  1.  Cream together cold butter, cut into small cubes and sugar until light and fluffy, at least four minutes. This helps to create a creamy texture.
  2. Add eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest. If you want extra lemon flavor, feel free to add more fresh lemon zest. I prefer to use a zester since it only gets the outer lemon part and not the bitter white part.
  3. Stir in flour, leavening agents, and salt. Bake until still soft. The cookies will set up after being removed from the oven.
  4. Make the frosting by creaming together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then add powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  5. Spread the cooled lemon cookies with the lemon cream cheese frosting.

Frosted Lemon Cookies Soft chewy lemon cookies with fresh lemon cream cheese frosting. The perfect frosted lemon cookie recipe! www.modernhoney.com #lemon #lemoncookies #lemondesserts

If you love lemon, check out these other lemon recipes:

Lemon Olive Oil Cake
Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe
Lemon Bars

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Frosted Lemon Cookies

By: Modern Honey - www.modernhoney.com
Frosted Lemon Cookies Soft chewy lemon cookies with fresh lemon cream cheese frosting. The perfect frosted lemon cookie recipe! 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup Butter (cold, cut into small cubes)
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest (may put more lemon zest for extra flavor)
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 cup Butter (softened)
  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice (may add more)
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Zest (may add more)

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar for 4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest and stir to combine.
  • Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix just until combined.
  • Drop dough onto light colored baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Let cool before frosting.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Whip softened butter and cream cheese for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Spread frosting on cooled cookies. 

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Keyword: frosted lemon cookies
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  1. 5 stars
    We made these cookies this week, and they were perfect! We used a little less lemon zest than called for, but we loved it that way. It was the perfect amount of lemon and of sweet!

  2. We have been making your lemon cookies (without frosting) for quite awhile. And they are the best. Thank you for the recipe. I will be making these frosted lemon cookies with my daughter next weekend. Since the frosting has cream cheese in it, do we need to refrigerate the cookies at all?

  3. 4 stars
    These cookies are very good. It makes a ton of icing; so next time I might cut that in 1/2, or not make any at all. Was trying to use up some cream cheese, so I used more of that, and less of the butter for the icing.