Spicy Lemon Butter Cookies

Hello cookies! Long time no see. But here I am redeeming myself for the fault. I think I can be forgiven with this butter cookies. I’m sorry, I can’t speak much, you see… those six up there just landed in my mouth… right now… excuse me a minute… or two.

Ah, feeling better. The main ingredients of this round cuties are the obvious butter, lemon zest, pure vanilla extract and a nice spicy flavor with the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg. Unpretentious but charming.

These are the supreme cookies for tea time. Green, white, oolong, black or herbal tea, any selection will match perfectly.

This recipe makes about 30 cookies. Can you guess how many are left at the end of the day?

Spicy Lemon Butter Cookies
Yields 30
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Prep Time
1 hr 15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
1 hr 27 min
Prep Time
1 hr 15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
1 hr 27 min
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened (better results with European style butter)
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  8. 1 tsp lemon zest
  9. 2 cups unbleached flour
  1. Beat butter, sugar, salt, egg, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon zest in large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually beat in flour on low-speed until well mixed.
  3. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  4. Alternatively, you can shape the dough into a log and wrap in a parchment paper before putting in the fridge.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F.
  6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls or, in case you have made a log, slice the dough.
  7. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork.
  8. Bake 12 minutes or until lightly browned around edges.
  9. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute.
  10. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
  11. Store in an airtight container.
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11 Responses to Spicy Lemon Butter Cookies

  1. Hello cookies is right!! Boy these look good.

  2. Meg at #

    These sound delicious — I love simple cookies! I’d take one like this over a crazy chocolate-chip-laced one any day. Thanks for sharing!

  3. These look perfect for an upcoming wedding I’m going to this summer! I offered to make cookies for the cookie table and these would be great!

  4. What pretty cookies, and I love the simplicity of the ingredients. Sometimes the tastiest foods are made of the mots basic ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Elle at #

    So pretty! I love lemon butter cookies-there’s something so simple, yet elegant about them.

  6. This is a must try recipe. I love lemon!!!!!

  7. I was just looking for some lemon cookies to go with some lemon mousse I just made – these sound perfect!

  8. Lorena at #

    I was wondering (before i make them) if I can spread the dough flat and use cookie cutters? my kids love their little animals and flowers :)

    • I think it won’t be any problem and your kids will keep loving their cute animal and flowers cookies. ;)

  9. Teresa – those butter cookies are really dangerous for someone like me who have zero willpower for good stuff. Lovely recipe and highly adaptable for sure!


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