This Lemon Icebox Cookies Recipe is just the perfect Spring Cookie! I mean, start with the best icebox cookie recipe and add a touch of both lemon zest and lemon juice. Then, for those who love their icebox cookies with icing, an easy lemon glaze provides some added zing. Add a fresh pansy to the cookie and you have a lovely lemon dessert for a special occasion or just an ‘everyday’ occasion. 

I am still working on recipes to serve for our graduation celebration next month. (Yikes…the whole ‘next month’ thing just threw me for a loop!)

We are planning on having a dessert table with several varieties of finger-sized sweets. In addition to these Mini Vanilla Tea Cakes and Carolina Blue Macarons using my tried and true macaron recipe, I will be making several dozen of this Lemon Icebox Cookies Recipe. It’s such an easy recipe that can be made ahead of time, which are 2 key elements of what I’m looking for since we will be holding the celebration out of town, in an Airbnb.

You can just roll, cut, and bake these lemon icebox cookies as is and they are delicious. For an added touch, dip them in this tangy glaze.

Putting Pansies on Lemon Icebox Cookies

And, if you are really being special, you can top the wet glaze with edible flowers, like pansies. Any way you serve them, they will be a hit.

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Equipment I Used to Bake these Icebox Cookies:

Lemon Icebox Cookies Recipe

Lemon Icebox Cookies Recipe

Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This Lemon Icebox Cookies Recipe is the perfect Spring Cookie. I mean, start with the best icebox cookie recipe and add a touch of lemon zest and lemon juice. Then, for those who love their icebox cookies with icing, an easy lemon glaze provides some added zing. Add a fresh pansy to the cookie and you have a lovely lemon dessert for a special occasion or just an 'everyday' occasion. 

Ingredients

For the Cookies:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice ( I used a Meyer Lemon, but any lemon will work)
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional:

  • Clean and trimmed pansy flowers, trimmed as close to the flower as possible

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour and salt
  2. Combine the butter, both sugars and the lemon zest in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on l until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down the bowl.
  3. Add the whole egg; beat on medium speed until well incorporated, then add the yolk and beat until incorporated, stopping occasionally to scrape down the bowl.
  4. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract and beat it on low speed until blended
  5. Add the flour/salt mixture and beat on low speed just until incorporated.
  6. Divide the dough in half, flatten the dough into disks and wrap in wax paper or parchment paper. Refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes and up to 5 days.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two or three baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  8. Unwrap the disks and roll dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper to a thickness of 1/4".
  9. Cut with a round/circle cookie cutter and place 1" apart on parchment paper or silicone mat or baking sheet
  10. Bake one sheet at a time (middle rack) for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cookie edges are just golden. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Lemon Glaze:

  1. Whisk together the lemon juice, vanilla extract, and confectioners' sugar in a bowl, until smooth.
  2. Dip the tops of the cooled cookies into the glaze and return them to the rack.
  3. If adorning your cookies with fresh pansies, do so while glaze is still wet. Just place a trimmed pansy on the glaze, gently pressing each petal into the wet glaze.
  4. Let the glaze set before serving or storing.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 cookies Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

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Lemon Icebox Cookies on Table

Can you freeze the cookies after the pansy has been put on them?

I am SO glad you asked that! Here’s a good and wonderful thing: you can make these lemon icebox cookies from start to finish, including the flower, and freeze them. I was pleasantly surprised that even after 2 weeks in the freezer, the flowers still looked pretty good. This following image is the finished cookie (including the pansy) that had been frozen for 2 weeks and then defrosted. Curiously, it lost its yellow center and the purple/blue definitely deepened, but you could easily make this in advance if need be.

Closeup of Lemon Icebox Cookie after being frozen

All that being said, it is so easy to dip the baked lemon icebox cookies in the glaze and top them with the fresh flowers that I would definitely prefer this option.

What are some other edible flowers that you could use to top your icebox cookies?

Another great question! In addition to pansies, violets and borage are would also look lovely on your cookies. Rose petals and lavender buds are other options as well.  I love nasturtium blossoms in my salad, but they might be a bit too peppery for a cookie…but that’s just a personal preference.

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pin showing lemon icebox cookies being dipped in glaze and then having a pansy placed in wet glaze.

Looking for another decadent dessert recipe? Check out these delightful Angel Food Cupcakes with Kahlua Frosting and Candied Almonds. YEAH, they are as good as they sound!

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36 Comments

  1. Paula

    April 4, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Your cookies sound absolutely delicious and they look beautiful with the addition of the pansy. I would never guess that you could freeze a flower on a cookie and it would stay looking beautiful. That’s such a great thing to know if you are baking ahead for a special occasion.

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 6, 2019 at 7:51 pm

      I know! I was surprised with how well they froze, if need be.

      I’m excited to serve them to our graduation celebration!

      Thanks for visiting my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  2. Patti

    April 4, 2019 at 8:58 am

    I truly gorgeous treat! I’ve sugared pansies and topped cupcakes before but have never made cookies with edible flowers. Duh! Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll definitely be pinning this one for later.

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 6, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      How come I’m not surprised that you have sugared pansies? I clearly need to try my hand at that!

      Thanks for stopping by my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  3. Lindsay Aratari

    April 4, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    These are so pretty! They also look so yummy, I need to make some!!

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 6, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      They would pair perfectly with your citrus cookies!

      Thanks for visiting my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  4. Leen Curinga

    April 4, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Wow, Lynn these are the cutest cookies! I love the little pansies!

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 6, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks Leen…I do love how they elevate the humble icebox cookie to something a tad special.

      Thanks for visiting my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  5. Kristi @ Chatfield Court

    April 5, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Yum! Not only do they sound good (I love anything lemon), but they are so pretty! I love how you added the pansies on them.

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 6, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks Kristi, it was fun to use the pansies and now I’m looking for more opportunities to decorate with fresh, edible flowers.

      Hope you have a great weekend my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  6. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge

    April 5, 2019 at 10:14 am

    These look and sound amazing. I love lemon cookies and it’s great that you can freeze these! Good luck on your graduation celebration. My girls both graduated last spring so I feel your pain and excitement. Thanks for joining the tour!

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 6, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      Two graduation ceremonies at the same time? Yikes!! I’ve got enough on my hands with just one!

      But these are tasty little treats! They will be just perfect for any celebration.

      Thanks for stopping by my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  7. Lora Bloomquist

    April 5, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Yum! I love icebox cookies and if they have the tang of lemon with that yummy glaze on top, all the better! I’m just starting to plan for a grad party, too…luckily not until mid-June though…and at my own house;) Pinned this to my Sweet Recipes to try board!

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 6, 2019 at 7:43 pm

      They will be perfect for your grad party too. I love that they can be made ahead as much as you would like. And yes…lemon does make everything better.

      Thanks for stopping by my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  8. Kristi

    April 8, 2019 at 7:22 am

    These are a perfect treat for summer. So l night and elegant. I love ANYTHING lemon and can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 8, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks Kristi!

      They truly are perfect for spring/summer entertaining. Love that they can be made ahead.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  9. Janet

    April 8, 2019 at 7:39 am

    This looks like the perfect easy cookie to make for Easter weekend around the house! Pinning for reference!

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 8, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      They will look lovely on your Easter table for sure!

      Thanks for visiting Janet.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  10. Sheila

    April 8, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I love, love, love these pretty lemon cookies! Perfect for Spring celebrations!

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 8, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      Aw thanks Sheila!

      We will be enjoying them for my daughter’s upcoming graduation celebration, in addition to your lemon bundt cake!

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  11. maria brittis

    April 8, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Such a pretty cookie. Pinning. I love the flowers on top.

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 8, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Maria! The flowers give them just a little something! Thanks for visiting!

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  12. Julie Briones

    April 8, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    So pretty, and so much yum!

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 8, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      You are too right…SO MUCH YUM!

      Thanks for visiting Julie!

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  13. Deborah von Donop

    April 8, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Oh my, You just upped my cookie game. Elegant and delightful. Thank you for the recipe and inspiration to create something so beautiful.

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 8, 2019 at 3:08 pm

      Aw, you are so welcome Deborah! It feels a little like cheating to make something so pretty, yet so easily! Happy Baking

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  14. Maureen

    April 8, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Not only is lemon one of my favorite flavors, but these cookies are so pretty! How gorgeous would they be on a dessert tray for a special spring event?!

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 9, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      With your flowers and these cookies! The PERFECT Springtime table.

      Reply
  15. Rosemary Palmer

    April 9, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Oh I love lemon. These have such a simple, but elegant look. Great for those upcoming events. Sometimes these over the top cookies and cupcakes are either too expensive, or too time consuming. Most appreciate something like these just as much. Saving for my sweet eating husband.

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 9, 2019 at 6:56 pm

      Oh Rosemary, these are so simple to make! Truly. A simple cookie with a pansy garnish…that’s pretty much it. But it’s that classic, ‘the whole is greater than the sum of the parts’ thing!

      Hope hubby enjoys them.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  16. Mary

    April 9, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Lynn we have a lemon farm back in Greece and I always took them for granted. Now I look at the price tag on them and complain. But I would still love to try one of your lemon cookies because they look so delicious.

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 9, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      Oh Mary, I bet! Lemons and limes are just too expensive! When you got back home, you will surely appreciate all your lemons.

      And then, these cookies will be the perfect sweet to make!

      Thanks for swinging by today my friend.

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply
  17. Kathleen Pope

    June 1, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Love these pretty cookies Lynn, fancy, yet simple — my kind of cookie! I hope to be hosting my mom’s 80th birthday this June, usually we do a tea with her girls, these would be perfect!
    Hugs,
    Kathleen

    Reply
    • lynn

      June 6, 2020 at 7:28 am

      They would be a lovely addition to your tea party! And happy birthday to mom!

      Reply
  18. Chris

    April 3, 2021 at 10:36 am

    These are so beautiful. I have the cookies made but just wondered if the glaze hardens. I am looking for a glaze that hardens so the cookies can be stored. Thanks!

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 3, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      Hi Chris,
      Yes, the glaze will harden and you will be able to store them! Happy Baking!

      Hugs,

      Lynn

      Reply

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