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Lemon Butter Cookies | Cookie Recipe | Lemon Recipe |

Lemon Butter Cookies

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 30 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American



Lemon Butter Cookies | This easy, lemon butter cookies recipe makes the best, melt in your mouth cookies. They’re a dairy free version of an old fashioned buttery, shortbread cookie. They’re perfect for the holidays or any time of year. Top with a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a simple alternative to icing. #dairyfree #christmascookies




  • 1 cup vegan butter or vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer *affiliate link, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg.
  4. Add lemon zest and lemon juice.
  5. Gradually mix in the flour until incorporated.
  6. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet *affiliate link lined with parchment paper *affiliate link.
  7. Using the tines of a fork, cross marks in the cookies to slightly flatten them (as pictured).
  8. Bake cookies for 15 minutes or until cookies are set on top and slightly golden on bottom.
  9. Transfer to cooling rack and immediately dust with powdered sugar (sugar will melt into cookies from the remaining heat).
  10. Once completely cool, dust cookies again with powdered sugar.


*Optional: Add 1 teaspoon lemon extract for a little extra lemon flavor.

Keywords: dairy free, easy, cookies, christmas, lemon, holiday, shortbread