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Easy Lemon Shortbread Cookies

An easy lemon shortbread cookie recipe with only 4 ingredients that can be used for cut-out cookies or rolled into balls and decorated as you please!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, cut-out cookies, lemon shortbread cookies, shortbread cookies
Servings: 3 dozen


  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie Cutters


  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened 3 sticks
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Icing, powdered sugar, candy toppings as desired


  • Beat butter, sugar and lemon extract together until creamy.
  • Add flour, beating on low speed until mixed.
  • Divide dough into thirds.
  • Press each third into a 2/3″ thick disk using parchment paper or plastic wrap.
  • Chill for 30 minutes.
  • Roll each third to 1/8″ thick on a floured surface.
  • Cut out shapes. Re-roll remaining dough to get more cookies! You can add sprinkles before baking, if desired.
  • Place on an uncreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  • Decorate however you’d like, or not at all!


  • If you don't want to make three dozen cookies, you can freeze one or more of the thirds!
  • As an alternative to cut-out cookies, roll the cookies into balls and press each with a fork. Top with sprinkles before baking.
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