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Crisp Lemon Tea Cookies

Almost as much fun to eat as they are to decorate, these lemony cookies are the perfect backdrop for baking bits, sprinkles or glitter. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Assorted M&M's miniature baking bits


  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and vanilla. Combine flour and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape dough into an 8x2-in. roll; wrap in plastic and freeze.
  • To use frozen cookie dough: Unwrap cookie dough and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For frosting, in another small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in lemon juice. Frost cookies. Decorate with baking bits.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 113 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.
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  • sharonkays
    Dec 23, 2011

    Mine looked nothing like the ones in the picture. They are really buttery and spread really thin. Next time I will make sure I keep the roll thicker. Best without the m&ms, which makes them great year round.

  • 34r48d6t
    Dec 29, 2008

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  • emmaevan
    Dec 25, 2008

    I followed this recipe very carefully. The dough tasted great but when I put them in the oven they wouldn't bake. The dough just got hot. Shouldn't there be baking powder or something?

  • sewampler
    Dec 14, 2008

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  • Amy T.
    Dec 14, 2008

    Hi, These cookies are in Taste of Home Simple & Delicious, November/December 2008 magazine issue on page 56. I'm glad you liked them! Happy Holidays!

  • Heart2Hand
    Dec 13, 2008

    You never have to use a spice you do not lioke Teresa. Supplement something you like (nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or whatever) or just delete it all together.

  • teeresa
    Dec 13, 2008

    do you have to use cinnamon.

  • gapeach55
    Dec 13, 2008

    This a great idea with the MM's. Very pretty.

  • mara.
    Dec 13, 2008

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  • geminijewels
    Dec 11, 2008

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