Cookies and Snacks/ Holiday Treats

Italian Lemon Cookies for St. Patricks’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a few days away and what better way to honor the day with something green!
I decided to make a batch of our Italian lemon cookies, and decorate these treats with some green sprinkles to honor the day. This happens to be an old recipe passed down from generations, and even though you may find many variations to this recipe, it’s always made with the simplest ingredients such as flour, butter, sugar, eggs, baking powder, and lemon extract.

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.  We love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with something sweet and these Italian lemon cookies are perfect!

We usually make these lemon cookies at Easter time and sometimes for Christmas.  The idea came to me ( just the other day) while visiting our blogger friend Barbara Bakes (who by the way, makes her cookies flawless!) and thought it would be a great idea to make a batch of our mom’s lemon cookies to honor St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s so easy to whip up a batch, with no need to freeze the dough before baking.  The dough will be smooth and sticky, making it a little more challenging to shape each one into balls.  I used the back of the spoon to help me finish them off before going into the oven.  They turn out perfect every time.

Be versatile with your own holiday favorite recipes.  Try giving them a new twist, color or name change to create a variation to serve at another holiday your family celebrates!
Bake up a batch of these cookies this week because everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s Day!

Have a great weekend everyone. Enjoy these “Irish-Italian Lemon Cookies”.  Cheers!

Italian Lemon Cookies for St. Patrick’s Day

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 + 1/2 tsp. pure lemon extract
  • 3 cups, plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
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.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt with a fork.
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.
Shape each one into a ball as best as you can, using the back of a spoon to assist you.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Remove and cool, before adding the glaze.

Lemon Glaze

  • 2 + 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. pure lemon extract
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • Optional: green sprinkles

In a small bowl, mix the first four ingredients together until smooth.
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.


Yields: 34 to 36 cookies

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  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    March 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    The texture of these cookies looks perfect. I love the icing and the green sprinkles are very festive. There is nothing like a simple treat – sometimes less complicated tastes so much better! Have a wonderful (warm) weekend!

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      March 13, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks you Tricia for your sweet comment! You too enjoy the weekend and we hope it will be warmer for you as well! Cheers!

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    March 14, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Mom's recipes are always the best, aren't they? Tried and true, and they remind you of home. I love the way you've dressed these up for St. Patrick's Day- so pretty! Lemon is such a happy flavor and perfect for springtime! 🙂

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      March 14, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      So true! Thank you so very, very much Betty!

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    Barbara Bakes
    March 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    So fun! I thought about making a lemon version because it seemed to go with green so well.Love the idea of adding lemon to the glaze as well.

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      March 14, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you Barbara for inspiring me to make them again !

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    March 14, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    They look so pretty with the green sprinkles so and delicious too. I love the idea of making these for Easter!

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      March 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you Sue! You are the best! When my girls were younger, they loved baking in the kitchen, and would decorate these cookies with colorful icing to appear as Easter eggs. It was and still is a fun treat to do. Traditions are fun and so memorable, aren't' they?

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    March 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Love how you've merged two cultures with these!! Makes them extra festive, I think.

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      March 16, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you Jo! Enjoy!

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    March 16, 2015 at 5:10 am

    So festive and so much fun. 🙂 love anything with lemon flavor!

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      March 16, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      So do we! We love lemon- and use them in most of our recipes. Thanks Amy and enjoy!

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    Jayanthi Sindhiya
    March 16, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Cookies look so colourful and catchy…. Love their texture

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    Jayanthi Sindhiya
    March 16, 2015 at 10:56 am

    This is my first time here. You have a very a beautiful blog. And this is the first time I have come across a blog run by two sisters just like us ( Yay!!! I am so happy:))

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      March 16, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Yay!! Welcome to our blog! Thank you for your lovely compliment now I will come over to see what's cooking in your kitchen!

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