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Lemon Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Oh my, these lemon cookies with gooey cream cheese icing are so good you won't be able to stop eating them! They're really easy to make, and they are so bright and pretty, they would brighten up any buffet table, a cookie table, or make a fabulous hostess gift, or cookie exchange cookie. Make sure to save this recipe, because you'll want to make it again and again,
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon sugar cookies
Servings: 36
Author: Jill

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Butter softened
  • 3/4 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cup Sugar - plus another 1/4 cup reserved
  • 3/4 cup Powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • 2 Eggs
  • Several Drops of Neon Yellow Food Coloring Gel
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 1/2 cups Flour

FOR THE ICING:

  • 1 package of Cream Cheese - 8 ounces - softened
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 5 cups Powdered sugar

Instructions

  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, place the butter, oil, sugar, powdered sugar, water, lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs, and several drops of yellow food coloring gel Mix until all ingredients are blended. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Add flour mixture to mixing bowl, in two or three additions, blending between each addition. Blend until dough is smooth.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and set the oven to 350 Degrees. Roll the cookies into Tablespoon size balls, and roll them in sugar, and place them on the cookie sheet. Smash the cookies, gently, with the bottom of a glass, and place them in the oven for 12 - 13 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. While cookies are cooling, make the Icing. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, place the softened cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla, and blend until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar a little at a time, until all the powdered sugar has been added, blending between additions.
  • When cookies are completely cool, fill the center of each cookie with the cream cheese Icing, and sprinkle with lemon zest. Allow cookies to sit for about an hour for Icing to set.
  • Serve and Enjoy!