Lemon Meltaway Cookies

If you like this recipe, please share!

These Lemon Meltaway Cookies are a flavorful twist to a traditional wedding cookie. Bursting with lemon flavor they are perfect with tea or coffee.

Pin Lemon Meltaway Cookies to make later.

Lemon meltaway cookies are bursting with lemon flavor. Perfect for summer.

This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon associate, an Instacart Tastemaker, as well as a member of other various affiliate programs, I earn a nominal commission if products are purchased through links at no additional charge to you.

Lemon is such a popular flavor. Chances are you know more than a few people who like lemon treats. These lemon meltaway cookies are very similar to wedding cookies, sometimes called snowballs, Russian tea cakes or Mexican wedding cookies.

Lemon meltaway cookies truly melt in your mouth. They are a delicate cookie bursting with lemon flavor. This recipe uses fresh lemon zest and lemon juice. If you’re not familiar with zesting lemons check out my tips below.

While you could substitute lemon extract, using fresh juice and zest really elevates the flavor of these cookies. If you do choose to substitute extract, start with a little at a time, maybe one  teaspoon and add more if you feel it needs it.

Lemon meltaway cookies are bursting with lemon flavor. Perfect for summer.

Tips for zesting lemons and other citrus fruits

  • Zest only the outer peel. The white, or pith, under the peel is bitter and will alter the flavor of your cookies.
  • Use a tool for zesting, not a regular cheese grater. You can see my favorite zester in the recipe card below.
  • When zesting with a rasp, or zesting tool, hold the tool top down so all the zest collects on the bottom. Then, using your finger or mini spatula, scrape into the bowl. It’s a less messy method, I promise.
  • Zest first, juice second.

More Recipes for Lemon Lovers

Easy lemon recipes are always a favorite including these lemon cheesecake rolls, lemon sorbet, and strawberry lemonade.

Did you make this recipe? If so, please leave a comment and 5-star review on the recipe card below. If you really love this recipe, please share it on your social media!

Lemon Meltaway Cookies

Lemony goodness in these delicious cookies.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time39 minutes
Chilling Time1 hour
Total Time2 hours 9 minutes
Course: Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 1/2 dozen


  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar divided
  • 1 tablespoon loosely packed lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Beat butter at medium speed with a stand mixer until creamy. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Stir in zest and juice. Whisk together flour and next 2 ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  • Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, drop dough by spoonfuls 2 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  • Bake, in batches, at 350F for 13 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes.
  • Toss together warm cookies and remaining 1 cup powdered sugar in small bowl. Transfer to wire racks, and cool completely (about 15 minutes).

Similar Posts


  1. I just made a small test batch in preparation for a wedding cookie table this weekend. The test batch aren’t the prettiest, but boy are they delicious! And they DO melt in your mouth. I am concerned about how to keep these for the wedding, though as there’s a heat wave coming through this weekend. Any recommendations would be great!

    1. Hi Martine, So glad you enjoy the cookies! Will they be outside? My suggestions would be to toss them in powdered sugar just prior to serving, which I know could be difficult and a bit messy but an extra layer would probably be good. Another suggestion to keep them cool would be to chill the platter you will be serving them on. If you can, make them at the last minute or at least the last cookie you make. I hope that helps and enjoy the wedding!

4.80 from 5 votes (5 ratings without comment)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating