My sister came to me last week and asked me to bake some cookies for the dentist. I looked everywhere but I finally found a tooth cookie cutter and a toothbrush cookie cutter! I decided to make lemon shortbread cookies. (They were REALLY good last time I made them!) The recipe I used is below.

Lemon Shortbread Cookie Recipe


  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Sticks butter (softened)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (3/4 cup and 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 grated lemon peel (about 1.5 teaspoons)


In a medium size bowl, beat the butter and 3/4 cup powdered sugar. Slowly add the flour, salt, lemon juice and lemon peel. Mix all ingredients until blended.

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After you have your dough mixed, you will need to roll the dough. The dough should be about 0.5″ to 0.75″ thick.

I try to cut the cookies out as close to each other as possible. You will have to reroll the dough several times. If it starts to get dry and crack, you can add a little melted butter or a VERY small amount of water.

Bake for 20-25 minutes on 300 degrees.  (Cookies should be light brown on the bottom.)  Cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack.

Once the cookies have cooled you can decorate the cookies. I’m SO mad at myself for not taking pictures of the finished cookies 🙁 I was in such a hurry to get them to my sister, I didn’t think about doing this…

If you need to see how to make the royal icing, you can look here at my Mardi Gras Shortbread Cookies post or here at my Valentine’s Day Shortbread Cookies post.