Lemon Cookies

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I have a new addiction. It’s called Pinterest. I am hooked. Every day I have to check out all the new pins my friends have posted, and every day I have to pin at least one photo of a beautiful food arrangement, a precious baby, a gorgeous kitchen, or a delicious recipe.

As I was going through the pin boards one morning, my eyes were drawn in closer by a slice of lemon; it was a slice of lemon atop of what looked like a crunchy shortbread cookie. That photo led me to a site of even more gorgeous photos and recipes. But, the site was in Russian.

What to do, what to do? Google Translate, of course!

Then, another issue followed; metric system units.

In all honesty, I can’t tell you what a ‘gram’ of anything is. I should know this since I went to school in Macedonia up until the 5th grade, but I forgot. To understand ounces, inches, and all that jazz, I had to give up on the other system in order to learn the new one.

Thank goodness for my Salter Kitchen Scale!

I made these cookies as soon as I could because I had to feed my curiosity; taste of a baked lemon slice. With the peel.

Am I alone in this? Have you eaten the peel of a lemon?

The verdict is that the cookies are amazing; sweet, crumbly, and citrusy. True taste of Spring.

But, I didn’t like the taste of the lemon peel. It was what I expected; chewy and bitter. I thought to put more sugar on it to see if that would help, but that was just too much sugar on top of sugar.

Next time, I think I am going to remove the lemon slice once the cookies cool down.

Lemon Cookies

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WW Freestyle: 4
Prep Time3 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
The cookies are amazing! Sweet, crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Russian
Servings: 24 Cookies
Calories: 119
Author: Katerina | Diethood


  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 2 eggs , divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups finely ground almonds or almond flour
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar or caster sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 whole small lemons , with peel, washed, dried, and cut into very thin slices
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling


  • Beat butter with one egg.
  • Add almond flour, sugar, all-purpose flour, and lemon juice, and mix with the mixer on the lowest setting.
  • Shape the dough into two logs, about 2 inches each in diameter, and put in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Slice each log into cookies, about 1/8 inch thick, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Beat the second egg and brush the top of each cookie with it.
  • Place one lemon slice on top of each cookie.
  • Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • If you like the tops of the cookies browned, put them under the broiler the last 5 minutes of baking.
  • Cool and optionally sprinkle with powdered sugar.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 4
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 119 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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87 Responses
  1. Estela

    These cookies were delicious! I converted them into gluten free using an all purpose gluten free flour and egg replacer. I also used a food processor to slice the lemons into really thin slices, much thinner than the ones shown in the picture, this will give you a small burst of lemon flavor. great post.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Estela!

      So even in GF form these were awesome?! YAY!! 😀 I love these cookies, too! Thank you so much for chiming in!

  2. 2paw

    Oh, they look so wonderful and I love lemon things. Of course, though we learned Imperial measures at school, we changed to SI in 1972. Now I have to change all the measurements back to metric!

  3. carol

    I’m baking them this afternoon! They look delish! Do you know if there is any nutritional info available such as the fat, calories, carb count, fibre, etc?

  4. emily

    I’m baking them right now! I also found this picture on pinterest and was frustrated when the site was in Russian. I translated the page but for some reason I couldn’t find the recipe….thus it was nice to find it right here, all ready for me.

    I’m using myer lemons too as there peel is way less bitter….I’m quite excited to eat these I must say!

  5. Gunnar

    OMG!! I have to make these… now!
    Looks delicious!
    I love the way that slice of lemon speaks to me… “Yes, you can eat me. I’m fruit! Healthy for you! Have two… or three!” 🙂

  6. A little bit of everything

    what an interesting cookie recipe. love the almond – lemon combo. thinking of trying them soon. thanks for sharing Kate

    even tho I’m in Us for quite a while I still use the metric system when I’m cooking and transform it when I have to write a blog post. seems so complicated 🙂

  7. Trix

    I have tasted lemon peel, but not in such a large quantity! Maybe a bit too much for me too … But these cookies look gorgeous. Cooking has definitely gotten me more used to thinking in grams and liters, and they’re SO much easier than ounces. Couldn’t live without my kitchen scale!!! (Btw, has the book arrived? It should have come by Monday or Tuesday ….)

  8. Katie @ This Chick Cooks

    I love your photos of these cookies. It definitely sounds like an interesting recipe. And, I totally agree with you on loving pinterest. How easy to waste time away. I just don’t spend enough time on the internet already 😉

  9. Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com

    I’ve had candies lemon peel with espresso in Sicily, but never straight lemon peel as you describe. Seems like it might be a biter even with the sweetness of the cookie, but I’m willing to try anything once! This is a wonderful recipe. Adam loves lemon anything and so does our friend David who is in for a surprise treat this weekend, I think. Thanks for all your research to bring us this one!

  10. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I’m becoming more and more addicted to Pinterest as well recently. It’s so easy to spend hours there hoping from one beautiful image to the next.

  11. Elin

    I guess this must taste fantastic. Love the lemon slices between the cookies and this is the first time I have seen cookies baked this way. Thanks Kate for sharing this 🙂


  12. Baking Serendipity

    I’ve heard so much about Pinterest lately…I can see myself getting addicted to it super quick! I’ve never seen cookies made like this before…they look so good!

  13. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen

    Cookies with lemon slices on top? Wow, I must try making these! Thanks for reminding me about Pinterest. I’m a bit challenged with technology and sometimes I just forget that there are great social sites like this!

  14. Reeni

    I am addicted to Pinterest too! The lemon cookies are lovely – cooking them with the lemon slices is such a pretty touch!

  15. cakewhiz

    that looks like such a fun site!

    i have had these cookies in canada and they are AH-MAY-ZING! now, thanks to you, i have a recipe and i can make these all the time!

  16. Vicki @ WITK

    These look so fantastic, love all that lemon! I’m a huge fan of cooking in metric, I find it’s more precise. But then again, I work in a chemistry lab and spend all day measuring in metric, so it’s second nature I guess!

  17. Liz

    Uh, oh, a new site to check out…I’m not sure there is enough time in the day 🙂

    What unique cookies…thanks for your honest opinion…I would have been wary about the lemon peel, too, but it certainly looks beautiful!

  18. Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    Hi Kate! Thank you for visiting my site. I love lemons and these cookies look so delicious. It’s thick, crunch and soft at the same time… and you have beautiful pictures too! I just liked your fan page so I’ll never miss a recipe. 😉 I have a facebook fan page too, if you are interested in Japanese food. Looking forward to your next post already~~~!

  19. Claudia

    I do not know pinterest – is it? Must check out. I do know lemons – on my pasta, in my salads and in my baked goods and drinks. These do look like a taste of spring. As long as spring is not springing here – at least I can have a nibble of the season.

  20. Elyse

    Mmm I’ve had lemon flavored cookies before, but never a cookie with an actual slice of lemon in it! They look so interesting and delicious. I’m interested to see how the rind tastes… maybe I’ll do half of the batch with the lemon slice left on and half with them off to see. Thanks for sharing!

  21. BigFatBaker

    MMM…lemon cookies sound perfect for spring! I imagine the peel was pretty bitter though. Maybe candied slices pressed on top when the cookies come out of the oven would be better/less bitter? Over all though, delicious.

  22. PolaM

    Those cookies look amazing! I would try blanching the lemon a couple of times before putting it on top of the cookie. It should take care of the bitterness….

  23. Lisa @ Tarte du Jour

    I adore lemon and shortbread for that matter… and these cookies look stunning. The lemon slices on top are so unique and refreshing!

  24. Juliana

    Oh your lemon cookies look so good. Love the lemon flavor in cookies, so Spring…and the slices of lemon make the cookies look pretty, but if does not taste right…hope you have a wonderful week ahead Kate 🙂

  25. Lauren

    I love you…I mean….yea 🙂 These look incredible. Thanks for giving my stretchy pants even more of a work out 😉

  26. Karen

    I can see why these would catch your eye…they’re gorgeous! Too bad about the lemon peel. I’ve never tried it, but it seems like it would be bitter. The cookies look so light and crumbly. Yum!

  27. Evelyne@cheapethniceatz

    Have to check out Pinterests. it’s amazing where we can find inspiration. Being in Canada I am familiar with both measuring systems but a scale is an essential tool. I like the idea of having the peel in there. And love the caramelized look.

  28. Lil @ sweetsbysillianah

    sounds like lemonade in a cookie! =)

    btw, i’ve heard so much about pinterest but haven’t gotten into it b/c i just know i would get addicted!!

  29. Hester Casey - Alchemy

    I love your Pinterest idea! What a great idea. I’m picnicing tomorrow with my sister and her kids and I know these would be very, very popular. I’ll skip the lemon slice on your advice 🙂

  30. Celia

    How interesting! I love roll cookies generally. I also love lemon, and cook with it a lot; I sometimes blanch thin lemon slices to reduce some of the bitterness of the pith…

  31. Becky

    These cookies sound soo delicious and lemony. I have a special place in my heart for lemon, too. It was my Mom’s favorite. I have to make these cookies soon, after the bake sale.

  32. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

    ooh! That lemon with the almond flour?! Yes please! My son and I would eat a whole handful of these easily! He loves lemon too!! ♥-K

  33. Claudie

    All of your cookies always look so good! Absolutely delicious.

    I have the reverse problem with units 🙂 I get so confused by cups, etc, and always wonder things such as: so how many grams is a cup of beans? My biggest problem is when a recipe calls for a cup of a chopped ingredient… what about if my chopping is wayyy different from that person’s chopping? I’ve been getting used to it, but it’s still kinda confusing sometimes 🙂

  34. Cooking Gallery

    Thank you for visiting my site :). Your lemon cookies look gorgeous and delicious! I have a spot for cookies…just can’t resist them!

  35. Jill@MadAboutMacarons

    Kate, I adore the lemon peel and your cookies look just melt-in-the-mouth and zingy! My Granny used to sook a lemon without wincing so there must be something in the family 😉

  36. Peggy

    I don’t think I could eat the lemon peel either. But other than that, these cookies sound phenomenal! And I just checked out that Pinterest site, and I think you may have me hooked!

  37. Parsley Sage

    Such a neat idea. And well done for you giving it a go. At least now you know for certain that the cookie would be better sans-lemon peel. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    Kate, we all love lemons at home 🙂 and we often eat them with the peels – just I usually slice the lemons really thinly – that way they taste just perfect – to us… And your cookies sound really great to me – mmmm!!!

  39. Megan

    True taste of spring is what I need right now! These cookies are lovely…they look just as you described them…crumbly, sweet and citrusy.

  40. Michelle

    I like the idea of putting a slice of lemon on top of each cookie! I bet it imparts so much lemony flavor! But like you, I’d probably remove the slice before serving because I don’t think I’d enjoy the taste of lemon peel!

  41. Firefly

    They look so good I love lemons and lemon cookies. I made some for Easter, they were actually lemon drop cookies, so yummy! I can add lemon with peel to my water, but I don’t like the bitter taste it adds to everything especially sweets. And as for the metric system units ROFL I’m the same. I finished elementary and 2 years of high school in Belgrade, but as soon as I started school here the other system was a history LOL Honestly I call my mom to help 😉

  42. bojana

    i’m hooked on pinterest too :-))
    and those lemons look tempting. maybe if the slices are thinner or if they are boiled first, they would be easier to chew. i’ll have to try this. i like caramelized lemon or orange peels.

    1. Kate@Diethood

      Hi Bojana!! 🙂
      You can’t tell on that picture, but the slices were really really thin…I think I should have boiled them first and then baked them.

  43. Charlie

    I love lemons! When I was young(er), I always ate lemon wedges from everyone’s water glass! So good :).
    Those cookies looks delicious! I’ve never used almond flour. It must give a great taste with the lemon!

  44. sarah

    Lovely pictures! I can see how the lemon peel might be overboard- I’m in love with lemon anything but I usually need to tone down the lemon zest in most recipes. I”ll be giving these a try, with and without the peel, very soon!

  45. shabs

    These cookies look great and I love lemon , you can remove the bitterness of lemon by boiling the slices in hot water and then dunking them in cold water .

  46. Kim - Liv Life

    MMM!! Love the almond flour in this one! And you know how obsessed I am with lemon lately… with a new bucket of lemons arriving from my dad this afternoon I think these just might have to go on my list.
    As for pinterest, I’m loving it too! Love the organization and also seeing what others are liking at the moment!!

  47. Laurie@Food is Love

    Absolutely love them! Lemon is my all time favorite flavor for everything. I use more than vanilla! Wonderful photos and cookies ! Great Post Kate!

  48. Kankana

    This is so unique. I ate peel of lemon and lime too. I like citric food .. but never thought it can be incorporated in cookies this way 🙂 The site you shared is really gorgeous .. beautiful pic , styling ! I would love to try these cookies .. just wondering if hubby will eat chunk of lemon with cookies !!

  49. Lindsey@Lindselicious

    Oooh these would have caught my eye as well! How neat that they bake the lemon slice on top of the cookie. You would think that they would “candy” since you sprinkle sugar on them when they bake. I’m glad they still tasted great, adding this to my lemon cookie collection. =)

  50. Carla Meine

    I’m with you. I love lemons. I have them every day in my water. I love to make lemon desserts (you can tell from my blog) but I don’t think I’d like to eat a cooked lemon peel. Doesn’t even sound good but the rest of the cookie sounds great.

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