Lemon Meltaway Cookies

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Best lemon desserts of all time. Lemon meltaway cookies taste just like summer!

 

Plate Of Lemon Meltaway Cookies

 

Summer started yesterday, and oh how we’ll miss our mid-summer July road trip to upstate Aurora, New York.

One of my favorite brands, MacKenzie-Childs, canceled their annual Barn Sale event due to coronavirus.

This means our annual pilgrimage, trekking up interstate 95, will not happen in 2020 (along with many other canceled adventures). 

I’ll miss the rolling green hills, the smell of undisturbed, fresh wide open air, and the majestic beauty of the widest and largest of the Finger Lakes, Lake Cayuga. 

 

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Watch how to make lemon meltaway cookies 

 

 

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I can sit for hours in an Adirondack chair and enjoy sunsets lakeside at Cayuga, especially after my favorite entree, apples and duck paté, from the Aurora Inn. Or homemade lemon pastries next to the inn at the village convenience store. 

Lemon meltaway cookies remind me of the quaint village of Aurora. The lone bakery in the one-street town has a showcase full of treats, including lemon pastries inside a glass case.

 

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The thing is, you have to get up early to indulge. 

Otherwise, the quaint little town of 900 becomes overrun by a happy-go-lucky mob of 20,000 eclectic ladies (of which I am one) and their families who arrive for the sale. (Although whimsical and happy, never the less they (we) are still a mob in a village!)

You see, if you arrive late to the store, you’ll find that these out of town ladies have eaten up all the lemon meltaways!

The one (and only) good thing I can say that’s come out of a canceled Barn Sale (and I’m really reaching here with this one thing) is that it forced me to learn how to make lemon meltaway cookies at home. 

You can make them at home, too! Here’s how:

 

 

 

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Lemon Meltaway Cookies Recipe

Lemon Meltaway Cookies Recipe

Best Lemon Desserts Of All Time: Lemon Meltaway Cookies

Easy Homemade Recipe For Melt In Your Mouth Cookies With A Zesty Lemon Glaze

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 42 minutes

Ingredients

  • Cookie ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cup of flour
  • ½ cup of cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup of powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup of butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon of grated lemon peel
  • 1 ¼ tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Glaze frosting ingredients
  • 1 oz of melted butter
  • ¾ cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Instructions

    Cookie directions
    1. Mix all the cookie ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl.

    2. In your hands, roll the cookies into 1 inch balls and place them on a greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.

    3. Place the bottom of a glass on top of the cookies to flatten them.

    4. Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees or until the edges lightly brown.

    5. Let the cookies cool for an hour before frosting.

    Frosting directions
    1. Make the frosting glaze by combining all the ingredients for the glaze and mixing well with a whisk to remove any lumps from the powdered sugar.

    2. Frost the cooled cookies with a dollop a cookie by way of a spoon or spatula.

    3. Sprinkle cookies with lemon zest to finish.



Notes

*For the cookie dough’s proper set-up, it’s essential that the butter is softened and not melted.

Cookie ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup of flour
  • ½ cup of cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup of powdered sugar 
  • ¾ cup of butter softened (Note: For the cookie dough’s proper set-up, it’s essential that the butter is softened and not melted.)
  • 1 teaspoon of grated lemon peel
  • 1 ¼ tablespoon of lemon juice

 

Lemon Meltaways Ingredients Fresh Lemon Juice

 

Glaze frosting ingredients

  • 1 oz of melted butter
  • ¾ cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

 

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Lemon Meltaways Ingredients Powdered Sugar & Lemon

 

Cookie directions

1. Mix all the cookie ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl.

2. In your hands, roll the cookies into 1 inch balls and place them on a greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. 

3. Place the bottom of a glass on top of the cookies to flatten them.

4. Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees or until the edges lightly brown.

5. Let the cookies cool for an hour before frosting.

 

Lemon Meltaways Ingredients Grated Lemon Zest

 

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Lemon Meltaways Glaze Frosting

 

Frosting directions

1. Make the frosting glaze by combining all the ingredients for the glaze and mixing well with a whisk to remove any lumps from the powdered sugar.

2. Frost the cooled cookies with a dollop a cookie by way of a spoon or spatula.

3. Sprinkle cookies with lemon zest to finish.

 

Fresh Baked Batch Of Lemon Meltaway Cookies Recipe

 

4. Serve and enjoy!

* After about 6 hours, the frosting glaze will harden, and you’ll be able to stack your lemon meltaway cookies!

 

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Your favorite summer cookies still have a home for the holidays.

Just add your favorite Christmas sprinkles!

 

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81 Comments

  1. Julie Murphy
    June 28, 2020 / 8:17 am

    I love lemony desserts.

    • June 28, 2020 / 11:53 am

      Yaasss, Julie, this one is a fan favorite!!

    • June 28, 2020 / 11:57 am

      You’re so welcome! I’d love to see a picture when you make your batch!

  2. dora gonzalez
    June 28, 2020 / 11:16 am

    I love your recipes! I want to start cooking!!!

    • June 28, 2020 / 12:04 pm

      Thanks, Dora! I try to share ones that are both easy as well as delish!

  3. Lisa
    June 28, 2020 / 12:09 pm

    I just love lemon desserts! So refreshing and tasty in the summer!

  4. June 28, 2020 / 6:44 pm

    These look so delicious! I’m inspired… need to bake more lemony treats! Lemon is such an appetizing fruit and flavour.

    • June 28, 2020 / 9:23 pm

      Yaasss! These lemon cookies are a fan favorite!

  5. Michelle
    June 29, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    I don’t know what happened. I followed the recipe however, this did not turn out. Batter was way to thin to be rolled and flattened. Please check are the measurements correct? No eggs right?

    • June 29, 2020 / 1:51 pm

      Hi, Michelle! Measurements are correct. Did you roll the dough into balls in your hands, then flatten while they were placed on the baking sheet? Looking forward to your reply!

  6. donna porter
    June 29, 2020 / 3:10 pm

    This will be the perfect recipe for our upcoming July 4th cookout. My family loves lemon so I know this will be a hit!

    • June 29, 2020 / 4:33 pm

      Yay! Pleas share a pic when you make yours!

  7. Kim Pincombe-Cole
    June 29, 2020 / 5:15 pm

    Lemon cookies ???? are the best on a hot summer day!

    • June 29, 2020 / 9:50 pm

      Yep! And then back to warm chocolate chip in the fall 😉

  8. Donna
    June 29, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    These cookies look so delicious! I love lemon flavored treats in the summer!

  9. Amy Marshall
    June 29, 2020 / 5:59 pm

    These make my mouth water! Yummy looking!!! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Ronald Oliver
    June 29, 2020 / 9:39 pm

    Wow!! This desert looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing! My B-Day is coming up..maybe my wife can make some! 🙂

  11. antoinettem2
    June 29, 2020 / 9:58 pm

    Delicious! I love lemon in baked goods.

  12. Calvin
    June 29, 2020 / 10:16 pm

    Thought these were mashed potatoes at first… lemon cookies.. even better!

  13. Ashley B
    June 30, 2020 / 12:53 am

    Ooooh love it!

  14. June 30, 2020 / 2:16 am

    these cookies look delish and so simple to make , i will have to make these soon

    • June 30, 2020 / 11:11 am

      I encourage you to go forth and make these lemon meltaway cookies!!

  15. DebP
    June 30, 2020 / 8:09 am

    I love citrus flavours, and these cookies look like a win.

    • June 30, 2020 / 11:12 am

      You’re right! They are a fan favorite!!

  16. Anne S
    June 30, 2020 / 9:39 am

    This sounds absolutely delicious! Thank you! Can’t wait to try these perfect summer cookies!

    • June 30, 2020 / 11:16 am

      You’re welcome! They are the perfect summer goodie!

  17. Tabby72
    June 30, 2020 / 10:26 am

    Thanks for the great recipe! My husband loves anything lemon, so I’ll make these for sure!

  18. June 30, 2020 / 12:14 pm

    These look super tasty!

  19. tat2gurlzrock
    June 30, 2020 / 12:15 pm

    Oh wow these sound great and so easy! Thanks for the recipe. I pinned it!

  20. Christina Gould
    June 30, 2020 / 1:25 pm

    I’ll take a stack or two of those cookies, lol. Thanks for posting!

  21. June 30, 2020 / 2:19 pm

    Thanks for the lemon-y ideas! I wish I could be there to eat your leftovers! LOL! (liz n)

  22. Darlene Carbajal
    June 30, 2020 / 2:28 pm

    Those look delicious!

  23. Jo-Ann Brightman
    June 30, 2020 / 4:56 pm

    I love lemony desserts much more now than in the past and these cookies look delicious. I shall try this recipe soon; Thanks.

  24. Leigh Nichols
    July 1, 2020 / 5:49 am

    ooh, I can’t wait to make these!

    • July 1, 2020 / 12:28 pm

      Same recipe? You already know how yummy they are!

  25. Leela
    July 1, 2020 / 11:36 am

    I can’t wait to try them!

  26. velvetwhip
    July 1, 2020 / 2:27 pm

    I’ve been gravitation toward lemon desserts lately. I don’t bake much, but I might give these a try.

      • Terri Quick
        July 1, 2020 / 8:18 pm

        All of these look so good. I love lemon.

  27. July 2, 2020 / 12:17 am

    These sound so delicious. I love lemon flavored anything.

  28. Linda
    July 2, 2020 / 2:22 am

    These lemon meltaway cookies look so good! I love the zest on top.

    • July 2, 2020 / 10:38 am

      Linda, the lemon zest is my son’s favorite part too!

  29. Jess
    July 2, 2020 / 6:26 am

    My mouth is watering. These look delicious.

    • July 2, 2020 / 10:39 am

      Yes, they’re a really tasty and easy treat!

  30. Wendy Hutton
    July 2, 2020 / 11:26 am

    these look so good love lemon

  31. Sandra Dufoe
    July 3, 2020 / 9:16 am

    This recipe looks and sounds tasty will have to try it out.

    • July 3, 2020 / 11:25 am

      Yes, these cookies are great & easy to make!

  32. Francine Anchondo
    July 3, 2020 / 12:29 pm

    My husband would love these.

  33. rita leonard
    July 4, 2020 / 3:32 pm

    Love lemon desserts, especially in the summer. I will definitely make thse

    • July 4, 2020 / 4:47 pm

      I agree, lemon desserts are a such a summer treat!

  34. LeAnn Harbert
    July 6, 2020 / 10:33 pm

    I love all desserts made with lemon.

  35. July 24, 2020 / 2:19 pm

    These sound and look amazing! I love anything with lemon and butter! hahahaah!

  36. velvetwhip
    August 24, 2020 / 7:06 pm

    I’ve had such a thing for lemon desserts lately. These sound sooooo good!

  37. wendy hutton
    October 26, 2020 / 10:09 am

    these look amazing I will have to try them

  38. Debbie P
    October 29, 2020 / 9:27 pm

    These cookies look and sound delicious! I’m looking forward to making them soon.

    • October 30, 2020 / 2:26 am

      Come back soon- I’m adding a Christmas recipe of the same sorts!

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