Italian Lemon Cookies for St. Patrick's Day
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 34 to 36 cookies
These lemon cookies have a soft, cake-like texture, and offer a subtle taste of sweetness and lemon flavor. Topped off with a lemon-flavored glaze and decorated with fun, green sprinkles. Fun, easy to make and a delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 + ½ tsp. pure lemon extract
  • 3 cups, plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 5 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
Lemon Glaze
  • 2 + ½ cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. pure lemon extract
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • Optional: green sprinkles
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl. Beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time and beat until each egg is well combined. Stir in the lemon extract.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt with a fork.
  4. Slowly add flour mixture to the egg mixture, and beat until the dough is smooth and sticky. Drop by teaspoons onto an ungreased baking sheet, and space them apart, about 2-inches.
  5. Shape each one into a ball as best as you can, using the back of a spoon to assist you.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and cool, before adding the glaze.
Directions for Lemon Glaze:
  1. In a small bowl, mix the first four ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Set aside for 2 minutes, allowing the glaze to thicken. Top each cookie with some glaze, about 1 teaspoon. Garnish with green sprinkles on top. Set them aside for the glaze to dry.
  3. Yields: 34 to 36 cookies
Recipe by 2 Sisters Recipes by Anna and Liz at