Lemon Doodles

Welcome spring with these zingy Lemon Doodle Cookies topped a delicious lemon zest icing. I have been waiting for this day to arrive ever since winter began on December 22nd. Although it is the first day of spring here, it feels like the first day of summer! Temperatures are supposed to soar into the 80’s this afternoon (the average temperature this time of year is the mid 50’s). These lemon doodle cookies are the perfect way to welcome springtime. They are soft, fluffy and packed with fresh citrus flavor. Little specks of lemon zest can be seen throughout the whole cookie and icing making them irresistible! One of my readers, Allie,  sent me this recipe all the way back in September and I have been waiting for the perfect time to make them. She created these zingy cookies for her boyfriend after he told her they were his favorite kind of cookie growing up. They didn’t have the original recipe, so Allie spent lots of time perfecting these cookies so that they would taste just like he remembered. Needless to say, they were a big hit with her boyfriend and their friends and family. Thanks so much Allie for sharing your family recipe, my family loved them too! 😀

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Lemon Doodles

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  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • Zest of 2 lemons
For the Lemon Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, softened
  • 2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Adjust the oven racks to the upper-and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the eggs and lemon zest; beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  3. Place the remaining 1/4 cup sugar for rolling in a shallow bowl. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a 1½-inch ball, roll the ball in the sugar, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart
  4. Bake until center is just set and begin to crack, 10-12 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets about 5 minutes; using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool to room temperature.
  5. To make the frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, lemon zest and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add more lemon juice if needed to reach the desired consistency. After cookies are completely cool, ice them with a small spatula or butter knife.

Yields: about 3 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 12 minutes

Source: adapted from a family recipe

15 Responses to “Lemon Doodles”

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    economicacademic — March 20, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    These look divine!

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    Tina — March 20, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    I LOVE lemon. Can’t wait to try these this weekend.I wish we’d get up to the 50’s here..I think we got others cold weather…

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — March 20, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    These sound delicious! I love lemony desserts

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    ChgoJohn — March 20, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    It’s already 82˚, in March, in Chicago!?!?!?! I only wish I had some of your lemon doodles to help me recover from the shock. :)

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    zippitydooodah — March 20, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

    Reblogged this on What a Wonderful Day!.

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — March 20, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    Those look fantastic!

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    Michael Ann — March 20, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    Mmm…these looks So good! I’ve been making a lot of lemon things lately. Will have to try these!

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    Kamalkitchen — March 21, 2012 @ 12:46 am

    lemony and yum..just thinking of it gives me a burst of energy!

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    ErinCroutons — March 21, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    These look fresh and quite zingy indeed. :) I live in Florida and it. is. HOT. I cringe to think of summer.

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    lee de guzman — March 21, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    Hello, Christina :) As you know, I love your recipes and I keep telling myself I’ll get me an oven real soon so I can try them out. In the meantime I keep asking my baker friend to do them for me 😀 Because you’ve filled my home with such sweetness, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check out my blog leegetscrafty.wordpress.com for the award rules. Looking forward to the next delivious post!

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — March 22, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    Yum! I’m kind of on a lemon kick right now. I have about 10 lemon or lemonade cookies and cakes pinned in preparation for spring. These are so cute and fun!

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    Just A Smidgen — March 22, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

    I’ll have to bookmark these.. my seniors love lemon, it must be the “tang” it gives them. These look nice and soft as well!

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    Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious) — March 23, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    I’m loving springtime with all these wonderful fresh recipes. I can’t wait to celebrate the first week of spring with these gorgeous cookies. I love how much depth they have and the added lemon frosting. Yum!

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    HeidiB — April 8, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    Made these for Easter. They spread a little more than I was expecting, but they taste so good! The frosting would be so good on a vanilla cupcake. Great recipes for spring!

    • Christina replied: — April 9th, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

      So glad to hear you enjoyed the cookies Heidi! I bet that frosting would taste incredible on a cupcakes…Mmmmm! :)

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