If you like lemon, you should try these yummy lemon slice-and-bake cookies which are light and full of lemon flavor!  

Lemon Slice-and-Bake Cookies on a wooden plate. Halved lemons are behind the plate.

In my blog, you will see lots of lemon recipes.  I love lemon cookies, lemon tarts, lemon cakes, lemon souffle…When I see a  lemon dessert on a menu, I always pick it and taste it.  I can say lemon desserts make me happy.  Although I eat chocolate a lot, I have some extra love to pastries with lemon.  It won’t be surprising to you see different lemon pastry recipes here.

Lemon zest and lemon juice with halved lemons on a wooden surface.

Today I share my delicate lemon cookie recipe. These cookies are so light that you eat them like snacks.  You should be careful though as you don’t realize how many cookies you eat.

These cookies are crisp at the edges but not as crispy as my 4-Ingredient Easy Cinnamon Cookies.  The egg in these cookies makes them delicate.

It is an easy recipe but there are some important points that you should be careful with.  These cookies are slice and bake.  You already know this from the title! I slice the cookies  1/5 inches (5 millimeters) thick.

Steps of making lemon slice-and bake cookies: Slicing the cookie dough 1/5 inches (5 millimeters) thick.

As they are thin, they bake in 6- 7 minutes. I immediately turn off the oven when the cookies slightly change color.   After 5 minutes it is better to check the oven as baking time may vary from oven to oven.

After 6-7 minutes the cookies will look uncooked but change color slightly.  I turn off the oven and keep them there for extra 5-6 minutes.   This time is enough to cook the dough in the turned off oven.  After  I take them out of the oven, I let the cookies cool in the baking sheet for an extra 5 minutes.

Another way to understand the correct time to turn off the oven is slicing 1 or 2 cookies thinner than others( appr. 1/10 inches-2,5mm) as you can see this from the picture above. When the thinner cookies have brown edges but the others slightly change color and look uncooked, it is time to turn off the oven.

Lemon Slice-and-Bake Cookies in a row.

Don’t be skeptical about 6-7 minutes cooking time even if the cookies look uncooked.  Trust me you’ll have a good result, but if you keep baking the cookies, they may easily burn!

I think it is time to talk about the recipe from the beginning with step by step pictures.

How to Make Lemon Slice-and-Bake Cookies

First, I mix the lemon zest and sugar with a fork until very well combined.  You can rub the zest and sugar with your fingertips too.   This mixing part brings the lemon flavor out.  I use fully packed 2 tablespoons of lemon zest.  You need to measure it right to feel the lemon flavor.

Steps of making lemon slice-and bake cookies: Mixing the sugar and lemon zest

Second, I add butter.  After butter and sugar are creamed well, I add egg and lemon juice and mix well. And finally, I add flour and mix until all incorporated.

Cubed butter, lemon zest and sugar in a bowl.

I take the dough from the bowl and divide it in half.   As you work with the dough, you’ll see that it is easy to work with-not too sticky but if you find it a little bit hard to work with, you can add 1 teaspoon of flour into the dough. Don’t add more than 1 teaspoon.  After I divide the dough, I put each half of the dough on a plastic film.

Lemon Slice-and-Bake cookie dough on a plastic film.

I make approximately  6 inch (15 cm) long, 2 inch (5 cm) thick log out of each dough.

Steps of making lemon slice-and bake cookies: Making a log out of the dough

I put one side of the plastic film on top of the other side.  It helps the dough not stick my hands when giving the proper final shape.  After giving the shape, I cover the dough with plastic film and keep it in the freezer for 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can keep it in the fridge for 4-5 hours until it is firm enough. I don’t want to wait so long!

Steps of making lemon slice-and bake cookies: Covering the log with a plastic film.

I take the doughs from the freezer.  If you don’t want to make the other half immediately, you can keep it up to 2 months in the freezer or 1 week in the fridge.

To cut the doughs properly, I use a ruler and make 1/5 inches (5mm) lines on the dough.

Steps of making lemon slice-and bake cookies: Slicing the log 1/5 inches (5 millimeters) thick.

I cut them into 1/5 inch (5 mm) thick slices with a sharp knife and place them on the baking sheet.

Lemon Slice-and-Bake Cookies before baking on a parchment paper.

I bake them for 6-7 minutes.  They slightly change color but look uncooked.  I turn off the oven and keep the cookies there for an extra 5-6 minutes.  The edges of the cookies will become slightly golden. This is the time when you should take them from the oven and leave them on the baking sheet for an extra 5 minutes.

Lemon Slice-and-Bake Cookies after baking on a parchment paper.

That’s all!  Enjoy your cookies!

Lemon Slice-and-Bake Cookies on a wooden plate.

If you love lemon as much as I do, you should also check my other recipes:


3 from 5 votes
Lemon Slice-and-Bake Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
21 mins
These lemon slice-and-bake cookies are full of lemon flavor. It takes 6 minutes to bake. You should wait 10 minutes after baking to eat these light cookies. (The dough needs to freeze for 40 minutes before baking)
Course: Cookies
Servings: 60 cookies
Calories: 40 kcal
Author: Pastry and Beyond
  • 280 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour (dip and sweep)*
  • 130 g (1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into cubes
  • 105 g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 30 g (2 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons (packed) lemon zest**
  • 1 large egg
  1. Put the lemon zest and sugar in your mixing bowl and mix them with a fork or rub them with your fingertips.
  2. Add butter and cream the mixture until it is light and fluffy with a hand-held mixer or with paddle attachment if using a stand-mixer.
  3. Mix in the egg.
  4. Add lemon juice and mix until combined.
  5. Finally, on the low speed, add in flour gradually and mix until incorporated.
  6. Divide the dough in half and put each on the plastic film. Make approximately 6 inches (15 cm) long, 2 inches (5cm) thick logs out of each dough and keep them in the freezer for 40 minutes, or 4-5 hours in the fridge until they are firm.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350°F(177C°). Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  8. Remove the doughs from the freezer and cut them into 1/5 inch(5mm) thick slices and bake for 6-7 minutes until they slightly change color. Turn off the oven and keep them for an extra 5-6 minutes until the edges are lightly golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to completely cool.

Recipe Notes

*You can click here for dip and sweep method if you use cup measurements.

** When I measure 1 tablespoon of lemon zest, it weighs 6 grams.  If I pack the zest while measuring-filling the spoon until there is no more room, it weighs 9 grams.  So if you pack you’ll need to use 2 tablespoons, if not 3 tablespoons.  If you are using grams you’ll need 18 grams of lemon zest.

Usually online, I see 1 average lemon gives 1 tablespoon of zest. This is not the case for me.  1 medium lemon gives me 3 grams of lemon zest.  So I use the zest of 6 medium lemons  (3 grams *6 lemons= 18 grams) for the best lemon flavor in these cookies.  If you are looking for a lighter lemon flavor you can use zest of 4 medium lemons.   

This is the knife I used to cut the dough into slices.

This is the measuring cup set  I used for the baking conversion chart.


The calorie information above is an estimate that is provided by an online nutrition calculator.

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