With lemons bursting onto the scene everywhere and it being the quintessential spring flavour I knew I had to use it even more in my baking. I love lemon flavour so much; it can cut right through the sweetness of any baked good and add a zesty fresh flavour to anything and these lemon drizzle cookies prove this. And it was predicted to be one of the flavours of 2014!
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I am so excited to share this recipe with you, they are so easy to make and I know you are going to love them as much as I do. This recipe yields around 35 cookies and I had to chase Michael (Mr. Bake Then Eat) off several times while trying to photograph these cookies because he couldn’t stop eating them! Though he did manage to snag a few while my back was turned! Once photographed Michael made his way through these cookies in record time.
This dough doesn’t require too much chilling time, just 30 minutes to help make it a little easier to handle, and this small amount of chilling time helps the cookies keep their shape as they bake.
These are a little similar to shortbread, but are a little richer due to the egg yolk added to the dough. But they do have a very similar texture, crumbly and light 🙂
I used a combination of icing sugar (powdered sugar) and flour to keep these soft and sweet, and the butter gives these cookies a lovely rich flavour and texture.
To give them their lemon flavour, I added the finely grated zest of 2 lemons and the juice of half a lemon to the cookie dough. This alone gives them a lovely hint of lemon with each bite.
But I wanted to up the lemon flavour some more and I know you would want that too.
So I gave each cookie a simple lemon water icing drizzle. Perfect 😀 I added a few drops of yellow food colouring to the icing for fun but is completely optional, I just love the colour 🙂
These lemon drizzle cookies make a lovely teatime treat but can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Kept in an airtight tin these cookies will stay fresh for up to 5 days.
Lemon Drizzle Cookies
For the cookies
- 250 grams unsalted butter ((1 and 1/4 cup))
- 140 grams Icing sugar (Confectioners sugar, (1 cup))
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg yolk
- Grated zest 2 unwaxed lemons
- Juice 1/2 lemon
- 375 grams Plain flour (All Purpose, (3 cups))
For the icing
- 70 grams Icing sugar (Confectioners sugar, (1/2 cup))
- 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2-3 drops yellow food colouring ((optional))
- Beat the butter until it is light and fluffy.
- Then add in the icing sugar (powdered sugar) and mix until everything is well combined.
- Beat in the vanilla extract and the egg yolk until you have a pale creamy batter.
- Fold in the lemon zest and juice.
- Then fold in the flour to bring everything together. Then chill it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Once the chilling time is up preheat your oven to 190C / 375F / Gas mark 5 and take your dough out of the fridge. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Roll the dough out till it is 5 millimetres thick, and cut out 2 inch (5 centimetre) rounds and place them on your baking trays with a little space between them.
- Pop them in your oven but keep a close eye on them, as they will brown quickly once baked.
- While your cookies are cooling it’s time to make your icing.
- In a small bowl place your icing sugar, half of your lemon juice and yellow food colouring if using and mix all together. Add more lemon juice a little at a time to get the right drizzling consistency.
- Then drizzle over your cooled cookies.
- Kept in an airtight tin these cookies will stay fresh for up to 5 days.
Unless I’m missing something, I can’t see the addition of the lemon in the method. I presume they are added with the egg yolks?
They sound lovely though 🙂
I am so sorry I didn’t put that in. Yes Janet you are correct add it in with or just after the egg yolk. Thanks for letting me know, the post has now been updated 😀
Great Idea for Lemon Drizzle Cookies have found some amazing recipes and this one takes the biscuit! Thank you for sharing.
Hi Jennifer, thank you very much 😀
Mmmm these look so lovely and summery – perfect way to cheer up a miserable rainy day. I’ve been reading your bio – Love that you bake to destress too! Feel free to join up with #Bakeoftheweek linky
Hi Helen, thank you. I am glad I am not the only one who bakes to distress 😀 I shall definitely pop over to check out you link party. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
I’ve only recently gotten into lemon in baked goods but now I really enjoy it! These cookies sound great! Sounds like my husband – he can be a pain when I’m trying to photograph stuff : )
Hi Ashley, thank you. It’s a real pain when they come in and start pinching half of your photo staging… funny but still a little annoying 😀
Your lemon drizzle cookies look terrific, Emma. Glad to know lemon is going to be one of the flavors of the year. I’m going to check out your link to see what else is hot 🙂
Hi Liz, I was so happy to hear lemon was a flavour of 2014 I adore it so much. I hope you find some other flavours that tickle your fancy 🙂
Wow, these cookies look fabulous Emma! I am such a sucker for anything with lemon and I love all the lemon flavor bursting through in these cookies and the icing! These would surely brighten up anyone’s day with the pretty yellow color – I wish I had a batch of these right now – yum!
Hi Kelly, thank you I’m a sucker too for lemon flavouring it goes well in so many things sweet or savoury. I hope you have a great week 😀
Lovely and lemony. Great job on the yellow icing, Emma!
Hi Ela, thank you so much, have a great week 🙂
I think if anyone has their children off for half term, these will be a winner! 😉
Hi Janine, you are right these will help keep the kids quiet 😀
I think I need to drizzle up some of those cookies for myself!
Hi Maureen, thank you they are definitely worth making 🙂