Lemon Meltaways Cookie Recipe

Delightful Lemon Meltaways Cookies…easy to make, and they’ll melt in your mouth! 

I’m pretty much obsessed with anything lemon.  All I have to do is see the word “lemon”, and I totally want to try the recipe.  That’s what happened a week ago, when a friend shared a recipe via e-mail.  AND it was for Lemon Meltaways, which, come on now, how can that be resisted?  Not very well!

I made them, LOVED them, my kids loved them, and they now have a permanent place in my recipe book.  I’m sharing them with you today, and  I don’t think you’ll be able to resist them either!

Lemon Meltaways Cookie Recipe
Lemon Meltaways Cookie Recipe

Lemon Meltaways Cookie Recipe

This isn’t a typical cookie recipe, which makes me love it that much more.  No beaters are required–just mix up the ingredients, which takes all of about 5 minutes.  Tops.  After rolling the dough into two logs, it does require refrigeration, but I love that too, because you can prep ahead of time if you need to.  I whipped up the cookies the night before I needed them, and the next morning it was super easy to slice, bake, and glaze them.  They only require about an hour in the fridge though, so if you need them faster, that works too!

Lemon Meltaways Cookie Recipe

The cookies are light, crisp, and perfect for spring and summer, although I love them the whole year. I know exactly how they got the “meltaway” part of their name.  The cookie isn’t super sweet, and allows you to really taste the butter flavor.  The lemony glaze adds the sweetness, and a little more tartness, to make the combination absolutely perfect!

Lemon Meltaways Cookie Recipe

These would be delightful at any party, wedding shower, baby shower, BBQ…or anywhere, really.  Package them up and deliver to a friend or neighbor, and they will love you forever.

Lemon Meltaways | oldsaltfarm.com
Lemon Meltaways Cookie Recipe

Lemon Meltaways

Kierste Wade | Old Salt Farm
These delightful lemon cookies are so easy to make, and they'll melt in your mouth! 
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breads, Cookies
Cuisine Cookies, Dessert
Servings 24


  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel grated
  • 1 ¼ tablespoon lemon juice


  • 1/8 cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Mix all the cookie ingredients. Divide dough in half, and roll into logs, making them as smooth and even as possible. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1-2 hours. Unwrap, then cut into 1/4 inch-1/2 Inch thick slices and place them 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.
  • To make the glaze, combine all ingredients and mix well–removing all lumps of powdered sugar with a whisk. Frost cooled cookies. Sprinkle with lemon zest.
    You'll be able to stack the cookies after about 12 hours–the glaze will harden.


*Alternate method:  If you don’t want to chill…Roll the cookies into 1 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.  Push the bottom of a glass on top of the cookies to flatten them, then bake as directed.  They’ll spread just a little more this way, but they’re just as yummy!  
Keyword cookie recipes, easy cookies, lemon cookies, lemon dessert, lemon recipes,

*Originally posted June 23, 2014. Updated June 2020.

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  1. 5 stars
    So tasty, easy to make, and delicious! Tons of lemon flavor in each bite.
    For my first batch I did the roll into logs, fridge and cut method–came out perfectly.
    Second batch, I rolled into small balls and used cookie stamps to press down–also came out beautifully and I could still see the impression of the stamp shapes after they baked.
    I freeze them after the glaze has hardened for a cool summertime treat.

  2. I love how you answer everyone’s questions, I’ve learned a lot before even starting, making them today Il let you know how they go. Thank you for the lovely recipe

    1. Hello, Kate! I’m so excited you are going to make them–you’ll have to let me know what you think!! xoxo

  3. Mmmmm! I can hardly wait to make these cookies….the pics make my mouth water. I lovvve lemony things too! Thank you for this recipe, it does seem pretty simple too!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness!!!
    Made these for my Mom because I took her a bag of lemons. Last time I made a Lemon Meringue Pie for her but this time she wanted a Lemon cookie. A friend told me about your recipe and I made them. My Mom went crazy over them, now she’s having a brunch and wants them in attendance. Thank you so much for sharing.
    From a very happy Mom and Daughter

    1. Debbie, thank you so much for letting me know!! This makes me SO SO happy!!! They’re the perfect treat for a brunch too. :)

  5. 5 stars
    I just made these for a cookie exchange with my friends, and everyone loved them! They are so light, the perfect amount of lemon, and do literally melt in your mouth! The lemon glaze added the perfect amount of sweetness. I can’t wait to make these cookies again!

    1. Yes, they can. I like to use a flour that has xanthan gum in it, or you can add a bit of your own. I also make the cookies smaller, so they have less of a chance to crumble.

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