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Soft Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

Lemon Cookies with cream cheese. Classic lemon butter cookies that bake up soft and chewy.

The ultimate soft and chewy cream cheese lemon cookie made with lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice. These cookies bake up soft and thick and have plenty of sweet lemon citrus flavor.

Soft Lemon Cream Cheese 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!

Icebox 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 have finally mastered the art of cookie baking.

Soft Lemon Butter Cookies - Thick and chewy lemon cream cheese cookies.

Using Cream Cheese in Lemon Cookie Dough

Adding cream cheese to cookies is nothing new.  Many bakers much like myself enjoy cookies that use a mixture of cream cheese and butter. Using real butter adds an incredible amount of flavor to cookies and that is something that remains in this soft dough recipe.  Using cream cheese helps to thicken the cookie dough. It results in a more intense soft, chewy and pillowy 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. TIP: To quickly soften, cut butter or cream cheese by the tablespoon and place in the microwave for 30 seconds. Be sure that it doesn’t melt, though.  Cream together the butter and cream cheese for about a minute or two. This step ensures the dough bakes up thick and soft. Continue mixing on medium speed and slowly add in the sugar, egg and vanilla extract and then return the mixer to beat the dough ingredients.

Cookie dough batter should be light and fluffy. Meanwhile, zest 1-2 lemons and reserve 2-3 tablespoons lemon zest then chop the zest.  Squeeze fresh lemons and reserve 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Lemon Cookies bake up thick with cream cheese and real butter. Fresh lemon juice and zest gives it flavor.

Mixing the Cookie Dough

This recipe is adapted from my Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I posted a few weeks ago. The dessert 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. It also works by allowing the oil in the lemon zest to relax and leads the dough to have more of that lemon flavor.

After 5-7 minutes 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.  

TIP: The dough should start to form a ball if mixed right.  If no ball is forming, add a little more flour until ball forms.  If the dough is too dry, add just a little lemon juice.  Next, chill cookie dough in the refrigerator for at least 3  hours.

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Baking Tips:

  • CHILL DOUGH: Once the dough is chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.  
  • PERFECT SIZE COOKIES: Use a cookie scoop to scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons dough. Roll dough between hands to form a nice ball and place on a prepared cookie sheet.
  • BAKING TIP:  Place in the oven and bake for 9-15 minutes. This recipe is incredibly popular and has been made by thousands. While this recipe works for 90 percent of readers, another 10% it appears raw. If the cookies appear raw after baking and undercooked, continue to cook an extra 5-15 minutes. Every oven is different so use your best judgment on this recipe. NOTE that different size cookies will require more or less baking time to cook them.
  • COOKIES WILL CONTINUE TO HARDEN AFTER BAKING: Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool completely before transferring.  Cookies will harden within a few hours to overnight.  
  • MAKING THE GLAZE: To make the glaze, combine powdered 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.

For more COOKIE RECIPES, try these Lemon Sugar Cookies. Thousands have made this recipe and just love it! Another classic, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. A must for Christmas cookie baking, everyone loves the soft rich texture of these cookies along with classic Snickerdoodles. For an easy summer flavor, these Strawberry Cookies are quick and delicious. For a twist, try these Strawberry Lemonade Cookies. An all-time favorite, these Mexican Wedding Cookies are to die for delicious!

Glazed Cream Cheese Lemon Cookies

The ultimate soft and chewy lemon butter cookies with cream cheese with a VIDEO. Fresh lemon juice and zest make these cookies sinfully flavorful and delicious. These cookies bake up thick and feature a quick lemon glaze.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 25
Calories 135

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp to 3 tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • cup to 2¾ cup all-purpose flour if the dough is super soft, add more flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

Lemon Icing

  • tbsp lemon juice or water use any extra lemon zest, too
  • ¾ cup to 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking sheet and spray with cooking spray or parchment paper.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop about 1½ tablespoon cookie dough. Roll cookie dough between hands to get a nice round ball and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-15 minutes.
  • TIP: This recipe is incredibly popular and has been made by thousands. While this recipe works for 90 percent of readers, another 10% it appears raw. If the cookies appear raw after baking and undercooked, continue to cook an extra 5-15 minutes. Every oven is different so use your best judgment on this recipe.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
Irresistible Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies - BEST thick and chewy lemon cookies I've tried and I've tried a lot. These cookies are nice and thick with cream cheese with tastes delicious with sweet citrus lemons in a cookie recipe and in the glaze.
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    Kushi
    05/12/2015 at 2:07 pm


    WOW!! cookies are mouth watering.:)

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    Kushi
    05/12/2015 at 2:08 pm


    Lovely..These cookies are mouth waterin:)

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    ab
    05/14/2015 at 3:23 pm

    WHAT brown sugar? It’s in the written directions but not in the list of ingredients?

    HUH?

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      Jessica Knott
      05/14/2015 at 6:41 pm

      Recipe is updated, no brown sugar. Sorry for the confusion.

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        ab
        05/15/2015 at 6:36 am

        Thank you. I thought I’d lost it (again).

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    Leah
    05/14/2015 at 6:23 pm

    This recipes sounds really good, however, the instructions say to add brown sugar and granulated sugar. The ingredients list doesn’t include brown sugar. What is the measurement for brown sugar?

    Thanks!

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      Jessica Knott
      05/14/2015 at 6:41 pm

      No brown sugar, it’s updated, Thanks

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        Leah
        05/15/2015 at 7:25 am

        Thanks Jessica!

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    Kim @The Baking ChocolaTess
    05/18/2015 at 8:38 pm

    Omgoodness! These look absolutely delicious, I’m not even kidding! Found you at Treasure Box Tuesday Link Party. Pinning and thanks for sharing. I love your blog too. 😉

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    Kari
    05/19/2015 at 11:15 am

    These look yummy! My supervisor is totally chocolatephobic so I am always looking for desserts that I can bring in that don’t have chocolate.
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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    Sheila | Sweet Baked Life
    05/19/2015 at 8:16 pm

    Wow, these lemon cookies look fabulous! Stopping by from Peeled Wellness. Have a great day! 🙂

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    Carlee
    05/20/2015 at 11:11 am

    Wow! Those look absolutely wonderful. I am definitely going to have to pin so I can remember to make these.

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    Jerusha (@TheDisneyChef)
    05/21/2015 at 7:15 am

    Oh, this is my idea of heaven. I can’t wait to make these!

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    Tianna
    05/22/2015 at 11:28 am


    these look so delicious! Anything with lemon or fruit in the summer is always so refreshing 🙂 thanks for sharing this!

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      Jessica Knott
      05/22/2015 at 11:50 am

      I’m the same way, love lemon in the summer. Thanks 🙂

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    Katie
    05/22/2015 at 6:44 pm

    These look absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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    Joy @ Yesterfood
    05/23/2015 at 8:48 am


    Lemon lusciousness!! To be featured as most viewed this week at Treasure Box Tuesday!! We get started this coming Monday evening at 8:00 p.m. Central time! Thank you for linking up with us, Jessica! 🙂

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    Quirky Homemaker
    05/24/2015 at 10:06 am

    I love lemon flavored anything! I’ve pinned this. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Friday Frenzy hop. Hope you have a great weekend!

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    Rebecca
    05/25/2015 at 12:43 pm


    Oh my, these looks so yummy. My husband loves soft cookies and lemon. A match made in heaven. This recipe looks like a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

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    Melissa Vera
    05/26/2015 at 9:39 pm


    These look absolutely yummy . Thanks for sharing. Thank you for linking up at #HomeMattersParty this week.. Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

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    Miz Helen
    05/27/2015 at 7:18 am


    These Cookies are fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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    Ariel
    05/30/2015 at 4:19 pm

    So excited to try this recipe! I love lemon flavored desserts, so this will be a perfect treat for work this week!

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    Estelle
    08/10/2015 at 8:45 am

    Just wanted to make you aware (in case you weren’t already) that Averiecooks has almost copy-pasted this recipe on her own blog and is claiming copyright on it.. She does it a lot seemingly without consequences, so perhaps I’m mistaken and there is some sort of ‘agreement’ regarding recipes amongst food bloggers.

    I’m making them right now by the way, my dough is chilling in the fridge as we speak. 🙂

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    Alissa
    12/17/2015 at 11:34 pm

    These cookies are amazing! Our school secretary is retiring after 28 years and since baking is my thing and lemon is her favorite, I baked her a big batch of these cookies. Wow! So delish! I used lemon juice instead of water for the icing for an extra zing but either way I’m sure it’s delish. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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      Jessica Knott
      01/16/2016 at 5:50 pm

      I could use a couple of these right now! Love using lemon for the icing, too. Thanks, Alissa!

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    Elizabeth
    05/11/2016 at 4:30 pm

    Those look delicious

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