I Love Lemoncello Cookies

November 15, 2010

Remember how I made lemoncello this summer?

This is the cookie what drove me to it.  I made them for Meeshie’s communion party.  I’ve made them since.  They are like eating sunshine.  Or rainbows.  Or lemons.  Mostly just lemons.  But lemons amped up to eleven.

Lemoncello Cookies

  • 1/2 C Butter, softened
  • ½ C Granulated Sugar
  • 1 t Lemoncello (or Vanilla)
  • ¼ t Sea Salt (fine)
  • 1  Egg
  • 4 T Lemon Zest
  • 1-¼ C All-purpose Flour
  • 1-½ C Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 5 T Limoncello
  • 1 T Lemon Juice

Zest two lemons and set aside.

Beat the butter, granulated sugar, lemoncello, and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy.

Beat in egg and 1/2 T of the lemon zest. Reserve the rest of the zest for decoration. A little at a time, add the flour. Mix until blended and dough is sticky enough to be formed.

Place dough on plastic wrap. With your hands form the dough into a 12″ to 14″ log.

Wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours or until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

Unwrap the cookie dough and slice into thick 1/2 inch slices. Put the slices onto your baking sheet, place in oven and bake for 13 – 15 minutes or until edges just start to be golden.

Transfer to wire rack and allow to cool. Make sure they are completely cool before frosting them.

For the icing: In a medium bowl, combine confectioner’s sugar, lemoncello, and lemon juice. Stir until smooth and creamy.

Place additional parchment paper under wire rack.

Once cookies are completely cooled, submerge cookie in icing top side down. Lift up and drain for a few seconds. Flip cookie over and set on wire rack

Top each cookie with lemon zest after submerging it into the icing and wait 30 or so minutes to allow the icing to set.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

This is the original.  Love that she is a fan of Lyle Lovett.



  1. I am going to try these this weekend. I still have a lot of limoncello from last year, and another batch brewing. These will be great for Thanksgiving with all the desserts!
    Thank you!

    • Denise-
      These are soo good! I hope you enjoy them.

  2. Oh my! They look heavenly…

    • Kathy-
      That is the perfect way to describe them. Heavenly.

  3. I’m doing my best to not think about these until Christmas, when I’ll have people to help me eat them.

    My willpower is not the best where lemony sweets are concerned…I’d eat them all 🙂

    • Shawn-
      You could always make them now and freeze some. Or not.

      You could always make them now and then make them again.

  4. Karen, your recipes are making me crazy…in a good way! 🙂 I’m bookmarking this too…gonna probably make these cookies in the next day or two. My honey and i adore anything lemony, and I still have some homemade limoncello in my fridge and have got to try these!!! I’m hardly waiting!!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!! 🙂

    • Sheila-
      This one is awesome, especially with homemade lemoncello! I was just talking about how I need to make another batch. Yum!! Oh and if you like lemon, try those lemon triangles. They are sooo good.

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