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Soft Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

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Soft-Batch Glazed Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies 

The ultimate soft and chewy cream cheese lemon cookie made with lemon zest and fresh squeezed lemon juice.  These cookies have plenty of lemon flavor and a nice savory texture.

Lemon cookies are delicious.  They are like a little slice of heaven baked into a soft cookie that  can be savored.  It’s one of my favorite flavors to experiential with and when you try these cookies, you’ll understand why.  If you’re a lemon fan, this cookie recipe is for you.  If you love soft and chewy cookies, this recipe is for you and finally, if you enjoy simple recipes, this is the one for you!

Cookies are a must in my household.  I can bake cupcakes, pies, dessert bars and cake but nothing compares to the cookies we go through here.  For years, my cookies turned out flat, crispy and crunchy but after learning to tweak the recipes, I think I’ve got it.  I’m on to something here and I’d love to share this recipe with you.

Remember those famous Lemon Sugar Cookies I did last summer?

Well, you can get that recipe by clicking —-> lemon sugar cookies <—-

For this recipe, I adapted the Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I posted a few weeks ago.  You can see that recipe by clicking this cookie recipe.  These cookies are super easy to make but do require a chill time in the refrigerate so the cream cheese and butter have a chance to become more solid.  This chill time also allows the lemon zest to relax and leads the dough to having more of that lemon flavor we all love.

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Add cream cheese to cookies is nothing new.  In fact, I enjoy cookies that use a mixture of cream cheese and butter.  I find that real butter offers cookies a lot of flavor and that is something that remains in this recipe.  The result of using cream cheese to make cookie dough results in a more intense soft, chewy and pillow-y cookie with the same richness and flavor that many crave.

It’s important to thaw the cream cheese and butter to room temperature before continuing to make the dough.  In a mixer fit with a paddle attachment, go ahead and cream together butter and cream cheese for about a minute or two. Continue mixing  on medium speed and slowly add in the sugar, egg and vanilla extract.  Continue to beat on medium high speed for 5-7 minutes.  Cookie dough batter should be light and fluffy.  In the meantime, zest 1-2 lemons and reserve 2 tablespoons lemon zest then chop the zest.  Squeeze fresh lemons and reserve 3 tablespoons lemon juice.

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After 5-7 minute of beating batter, add half the flour mixture to the batter.  Next, measure and add all of the baking soda, cornstarch, salt and chopped lemon zest.  Pour in lemon juice and continue beating on medium speed.  Add the remainder of the flour to the dough and mix.  Dough should start to form a ball if mixed right.  If no ball is forming, add a little more flour until ball forms.  If dough is too dry, add just a little lemon juice.  Chill cookie dough in the refrigerator for at least 3  hours.

Once dough has cooled down, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.  Use a cookie scoop to scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons dough.  Roll dough between hands to form a nice ball and place on prepared cookie sheet.

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Place in oven and bake for 9-10 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool completely before transferring.  Cookies will harden within a few hours to overnight.  To make the glaze, combine powered sugar and water in a small bowl and whisk until icing is smooth.  Dunk cookies in upside down or drizzle icing over cookies.  Zest extra lemon for the icing if desired.

Glazed Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies 

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Glazed Cream Cheese Lemon Cookies

The ultimate soft and chewy cream cheese lemon cookie made with lemon zest and fresh squeezed lemon juice. These cookies have plenty of lemon flavor and a nice savory texture.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 25
Author Jessica Knott

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese , softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the Icing
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine butter and cream cheese in a bowl fit with a paddle attachment of a mixer. Cream together for about 1 minute. Add granulated sugar and continue to mix. Add egg and vanilla extract and continue to beat on medium to high speed until light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes. Add half the flour, all the baking soda, salt, cornstarch and lemon zest. Add lemon juice and the remaining flour. Mix to combine until the dough starts to form like a ball. Add a little more flour until slight ball starts to form. Cover and refrigerate dough at least 2-3 hours or up to a few days.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking sheet and spray with cooking spray or parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop, scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie dough. Roll cookie dough between hands to get a nice round ball and place on prepared cookie sheet.Bake for 8-10 minutes, removed from oven and while still hot, slightly press down if desired. Allow cookies to cool down completely before transferring. Cookies will slightly harden overnight a little more so don't bake them much longer.
  3. To make the glaze, combine powdered sugar and water together in a small bowl. Whisk fast until ingredients are combined with no lumps. Dip cookies upside down into icing or drizzle icing over the top and allow to harden.

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    Stacey
    05/30/2016 at 1:23 pm

    I love EVERYTHING lemon and I’m excited to make…well EAT…them! But, I don’t have a stand mixer. I REALLY wish that recipies that do use them would give alternate (hand mixer) directions. I can’t imagine holding a hand mixer for 7 min. As in your recipe but I will if necessary!
    But I assume the directions might vary from hand to stand. Can u help.. I DESPERATELY want to make these cookies!!!

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      Jessica Knott
      06/01/2016 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Stacey, you could try mixing them for less time

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    Stephanie
    07/17/2016 at 4:59 pm

    Delicious! Can I make ahead and freeze either the unbaked dough balls or the baked cookies?

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      Jessica Knott
      07/19/2016 at 10:41 pm

      yes to both, just allow to slightly thaw before baking.

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      Jessica Knott
      07/19/2016 at 10:41 pm

      yes to both, just allow to slightly thaw before baking.

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    Rachel
    08/30/2016 at 3:54 pm

    Made these today with my daughter, delicious! Will definitely make again. Thanks!

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    Daria
    10/19/2016 at 2:26 am

    I made these with Grapefruit zest in the dough and i made the glaze with Grapefruit juice instead of water! ❤️

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    Anisa
    10/25/2016 at 1:57 am

    Hey, your cookies looks incredible!! Gonna try them.. Could you please tell me what temperature to bake them ? 160 or 180 degree Celsius? Thanks !

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      Jessica Knott
      10/28/2016 at 2:17 pm

      I believe around 175 degrees C. Let me know how they turn out!

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    Ana
    12/28/2016 at 5:24 am

    Jessica,
    I followed all your instructions, but they dont come out as pretty as yours. The middle isnt like yours. ):
    There is some special trick?

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      Jessica Knott
      01/06/2017 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Ana, can you tell me a little more about it? How did the middle turn out? Was it soft or too hard?

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    Anna
    02/02/2017 at 10:08 pm

    These look delicious! Would you recommend storing them in the refrigerator or is a counter top fine? Thanks! 🙂

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      Jessica Knott
      02/12/2017 at 11:47 pm

      While I never had any issues with leaving them on the counter top, I’d suggest the refrigerator.

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