Sweet Tooth: Sparkly Lemon Cookies



Earlier this month I was thumbing through my copy of Martha Stewart Living Magazine when I found this little gem of a recipe: Sparkly Lemon Cookies. While I was already sold on the lemon factor, the glittery sprinkles sealed the deal! Thankfully, the folks over at Martha Stewart were kind enough to share the recipe for these festive holiday treats.

Whether you’re in need of a last minute gift or hoping to bake something sweet for the holidays, these are the must-bake cookies of the season. Plus, they’re as tasty as they are cute. Pretty tough to resist, right?

Here’s how to make them:

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

Makes 40 cookies

Star-shaped edible glitter (Michaels.com) is an optional embellishment for these lemon cookies. The topping really makes them sparkle, but you could also use coarse sanding sugar or simply leave the cookies glazed.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • 1 stick plus 2 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 lemons, zested and juiced (1/3 cup juice)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Start-shaped edible glitter or coarse sanding sugar, for sprinkling (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Whisk together flour and ¼ teaspoon salt in a small bowl.
  2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and lemon zest with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 10 minutes.
  3. Beat in eggs. Reduce speed to low, and gradually beat in flour mixture.
  4. Slowly add milk, and beat on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer dough to a pastry bag fitted with a ½- inch plain round trip.
  6. Pipe 1 ½- inch rounds onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
  7. Bake until bottoms are pale gold, 16 to 18 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely on sheets set on wire racks.
  9. Whisk together confectionsers’ sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth.
  10. Brush glaze onto cookies, and sprinkle with edible glitter.

Note: Cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.

What’s your favorite holiday cookie recipe?

Upload and submit your best cookie recipe to your profile page or link it in the comments below. I’ll feature my favorite submissions in the Dine Gallery!

XO Lauren

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Categories: Good Eats, Holiday Foods
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  • Sarah Heckle

    Oh my goodness these are adorable! And I love anything lemon.


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  • Lauren Hoffman

    Yum! I love the star sprinkles.


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  • Melissa Panici

    These cookies sound so yummy! I’m going to try these:) My favorite holiday cookie recipe was the pumpkin soft cookies with the butterscotch chips in them that were featured by another member. So I won’t take credit for the recipe. I just tried them and they became my favorite!!:)

  • Cherie LaFlamme

    Lemon cookies are such a classic recipe for the holidays! These are so cute!


    – Cher

  • Sarah Thaman

    YUM! Love Lemon! These are pretty treats!



  • Stacie Grissom

    I love those star sprinkles! I need to get some of those for my little sister. She is the baking QUEEN. 😀

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  • Maureen Feltz

    These look decadent and delicious! Thanks for the recipe, Lauren! :)

  • Kortney Spaeth

    My favorite Christmas cookie recipe is linked below!
    (If the link doesn’t work, go to my profile.)


  • Megan Alvarado

    The sprinkles, won me over! Awesome, definitely have to pin this one!

  • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

    I just tried it but I had to substitute a few things. Definietely didn’t turn out as good as it could have been but it was fun!

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  • LK

    Does the article mention where we can buy the star sprinkles?

  • Lauren Conrad

    You can buy the start spinkles at most craft supply stores, like Michael’s :-)

  • Tiffani Stuart

    I’m not a fan of lemon anything :0( But these look super cute! I should make these as gifts, sometime… They’re super cute & I won’t be tempted to eat too many of them… cause you know you have to at least have one, to make sure they taste ok

  • Christine Rosko

    I love lemon cookies. My aunt makes the best ones every year. The frosting seems very tart but then sweetens up after the initial shock. I love them.

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  • Mary Lauren

    I was looking to make something for my boyfriend’s boss and this looks perfect! Thanks Lauren!

  • Kimmy S

    Yum! I’m def going to make these : )

    My favorite thing to make over the holidays is s’more cookies!

  • Tiffani Stuart

    I like to make S’more cookies, S’more cake, S’more coffee, S’more Love, S’more Friends, S’more lattes, S’more glitter, S’more glam, S’more fun!!

  • Petra Zeller

    Yummy :) that cookie looking really cute and I think that taste good too :) If I have time I try it before christmas. Thank you Lauren

    xoxo, Petra


  • Veronica Lopez

    This recipe is definitely worththe try! It looks delish!

  • Kristen Haddick

    oh my gosh – just made these the other day. I loved them and the stars are so fun.


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  • Shellz

    I love lemon anything!! and this sounds yummy..lol. In other news, check out my tips on picking the right shade of red lipstick for the season:


  • Kimmy S

    So I totally went to Michael’s last night and bought these sprinkles that look like little pearls and used them instead of the stars… They turned out SO cute and they were so yummy too! I brought them in to my office and they seem to be a hit here as well : ) Thanks Lauren (and Martha!)

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  • Zoe g. Bullard

    I made the most delicious chewy chocolate-gingerbread cookies to gift to my co-workers! They were some of the best cookies I’ve ever had. The recipe is courtesy of Martha, with my own little twist.


  • Ellie Logan

    yum! sounds good, might make them for christmas><

  • Brianna Welle

    I just won the cookie bake-off at work with these bad boys! They were a hit, and won with a the majority of the votes!

    Thanks! :)

  • Erin Wiggins

    Another great holiday treat: S’mores Bars! http://pretty-prettythings.blogspot.com/

  • Sarah Iles

    I will definitely be making some of these for Xmas day! Thanks again for a great tip! xx


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  • Rose Andrews

    Loving these!

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    yum yum yum! definitely going to have to try this!



  • Carrie Hillis

    The Lemon biscuits were amazing. I had to look up a different recipe (converting cups to grams/ounces is impossible) which had pretty much the same ingredients in. I decorated mine in a similar way to these ones with pretty coloured edable stars. I baked mine to put into little xmas goodie bags, and they went down a treat. Thanks Lauren for the inspiration :-)

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