How to Make 4 Ingredient Lemon Cookies




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These super easy Lemon Cookies require just 4 ingredients and minimal effort to make. Sounds to good to be true? Well it isn’t! Packed with beautiful buttery lemon goodness, these are guaranteed to be a hit at any occasion. No one will believe how easy they are to make, so just milk it. I won’t tell if you won’t!

Here is what you will need to make 20-22 cookies.

  • 115g Unsalted Butter, Room Temp
  • 60g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 170g Plain Flour
  • Zest & Juice of 1 x Lemon
  • 50g White Chocolate, To Decorate (Optional)

Essential Equipment

  • 5.5cm Circular Cookie Cutter

Step 1: Making the Cookie Dough

Preheat your oven to 180°C/170°C and line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or baking paper.

In either an electric stand mixer or a large bowl with an electric hand whisk, cream together the butter & sugar until light and fluffy. (At least 3 minutes.)

Step 2: Making the Cookie Dough

Then add in the zest of 1 lemon & 1 tbsp of lemon juice and mix again briefly.

Step 3: Making the Cookie Dough

Next, add the flour into the bowl and, using a spatula, beat until it comes together to form a dough.

Step 4: Cutting Your Cookies

Tip the dough out onto your work surface and bring together to form a ball. Then between two sheets of baking paper (I find this way far easier and less messy) and roll out to 6mm/1/4″ thick.

Using your cutter, cut out as many circles as you can. Reroll any leftovers to the same thickness and cut out more circles. Repeat until there is no more dough left.

Transfer the cut cookies to a baking sheet lined with baking paper and pop them into the freezer for 10 minutes to chill. (This will help them hold their shape better in the oven.)

Step 5: Baking Your Cookies

Place as many cookies as you can onto your prepared baking sheet without overcrowding & allowing for spreading between each one.

Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the edges are just golden.

Allow to sit on the tray for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat until all the cookies are baked.

Step 6: Optional Decoration

The cookies will taste amazing as they are, but if you want to go the extra mile and decorate them, here’s how.

Break the white chocolate into a small bowl and melt in the microwave on half power in 10 second intervals. Stir well between each time until it’s melted and smooth. Pour the melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag and snip the end. Pipe zig zags across all the cookies and allow to set at room temperature.

Step 7: Tadah!

Store these beautiful Lemon Cookies in an airtight container (I prefer metal as they keep their crunch better) at room temperature and consume within 5-7 days.

It can’t get any easier than that can it?! I absolutely love lemon in all types of baking. These wonderful little delights are no exception. They’re absolutely delicious and as you can see, really easy to make! Seriously, what are you waiting for?

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    9 Discussions


    2 years ago

    hey so real quick question would it taste ok if i added gluten free flower

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    Reply 2 years ago

    I'm not sure to be honest. From memory you may need a little more moisture in the recipe if you try it though as I think gluten free flour is much drier?


    2 years ago

    When I first saw the title, I thought, Oh great, here's another joker who's going to use a cake mix for one of the ingredients. But NO!!! It's REAL FOOD! I love lemon, too, and I can't wait to try these. You know what's good, too? Lemon with thyme, or lavender. I love using herbs in all kinds of food, sweet and savory.

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    I hate that too!! Nothing more misleading as it's not actually '1' ingredient plus I can't get it here in the UK. It's cheating haha! Glad you like my recipe :)


    2 years ago

    My son loves lemon anything. His girlfriend is vegan. Coconut oil as a substitute for the butter????

    2 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    Oooh I'm not sure Mrs M! I've used coconut oil but not not as a substitute for butter. Maybe worth a try or a google?


    Reply 2 years ago

    I think I may just try it. She will be happy that I tried to include her. Or I could ask her. She is pretty good at adapting recipes. Robotics build season ends today so I will get to see her tomorrow. This is the day I will now even get to see my own kids. Last night was really late too.