The Best Lemon Christmas Cookie Recipes You Must Try This Year . Get inspired!

Tired of baking traditional Christmas cookies and looking for a change?

But does the family still demand Czech Christmas classics?

Try our lemon candy recipes 6 different ways!

It is based on traditional recipes with a less traditional lemon flavor.

Give it a try and you’ll see that the candy just gets dusty this year!

Lemon stars

Excellent simple cookies that will beautifully decorate your Christmas board. If you like a strong lemon flavor in your cookies, you can add a little lemon liqueur (Limoncello) to the dough.


  • 600 g plain flour
  • 250 g of softened butter
  • 300 g of granulated sugar
  • 1 packet of baking powder
  • 200 g of sour cream
  • 2 lemons (ideally of organic quality) – peel and juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling


  • Sift the flour, add baking powder, softened butter, lemon juice from two lemons and lemon zest from one lemon, sugar, salt and sour cream.
  • Make a fine dough from the ingredients.
  • If it gets too sticky, add more flour.
  • Then let it rest in the cold for at least an hour.
  • Roll out the dough to a 4 mm thick sheet and cut out stars and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  • Wipe the condensed milk with the egg yolk and rub the stars on the baking sheet with the resulting mixture and finally dust with powdered sugar.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 170°C for about 12-15 minutes.
Christmas stars with icing served on a tray.

Try our recipes for candy for Easter or sweet baking for the spring holidays. Get inspired!

Lemon glued Christmas cookies

Tasty and effective cookies that absolutely everyone can handle with our recipe! In addition, lemon marmalade gives it the right zest.


For the dough

  • 200 g of softened butter
  • 150 g of granulated sugar
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • zest of one lemon (organic quality)
  • approx. 80 g of lemon marmalade

For the frosting

  • 200 g of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice


  • Wipe the butter with sugar, add salt, beaten egg and yolks and continue to rub until a light uniform mass is formed.
  • Mix in the grated lemon peel and sifted flour.
  • Make a soft dough.
  • Fill a pastry bag with a flat tip with the dough and form small circles on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  • Let cool for 30 minutes.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 170°C for 13 – 15 minutes.
  • After cooling, glue the circles with lemon marmalade.
  • Topping: mix sifted powdered sugar with lemon juice.
  • Add as needed until the frosting is nicely thick.
  • Dip the cooled wheels in the resulting glaze and leave to harden on the wire rack.

For more decoration, you can sprinkle pastry decorations before the frosting hardens.

If you like to work with a dough machine, you can also make lemon machine cookies from this recipe. Add just a little more flour to the dough to make it thicker and go through the machine well. You can then create straight sticks or keep the shape of the wreaths.

Glued lemon wreaths with topping on a tray.

Lemon rolls

You can make classic Christmas rolls a little special this year. Lemon zest will add interest to them and your family will enjoy!


For the dough

  • 190 g of butter
  • 120 g of granulated sugar
  • grated rind from 2 organic quality lemons
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 100 g ground almonds
  • pinch of salt
  • 300 g plain flour

On completion

  • 150 g of powdered sugar
  • grated rind from 2 organic quality lemons


  • Cut the butter into pieces and add to it the other ingredients for the dough.
  • Thoroughly process into a smooth dough, wrap in foil and leave to cool in the fridge for at least an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a tray with baking paper.
  • Roll the dough into thin rolls with a diameter of about 1 centimeter.
  • Then cut the rolls into smaller pieces, approximately 2.5 centimeters long.
  • Form into neat little rolls in your hands and place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 11 minutes.
  • Mix the icing sugar and lemon zest in a bowl.
  • Place the still hot baked rolls in the bowl and wrap carefully.

You can also easily modify this recipe – for example, instead of lemon zest and juice, use orange or lime juice. But only use organic quality fruit, where the citrus peel is not chemically treated.

Rolls sprinkled with sugar.

We also have 5 recipes for grandma’s rolls with almonds that will capture your heart! Try them all.

Lemon cookies from Linz

Linnaeus cookies belong to the traditional types of Christmas pastries. But why not make it special with something new, like a lemon touch? Try our luxurious recipe!


For the dough

  • 320 g sifted plain flour
  • 190 g of softened butter
  • 100 g of powdered sugar
  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla sugar
  • 5 g of grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

On completion

  • Strawberry jam
  • icing sugar


  • First work the smooth flour with the softened butter and then gradually add the other ingredients to the dough.
  • Make a smooth dough and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • Then roll out the dough to a roughly 0.5 cm thick sheet and form the desired shapes.
  • Traditional flowers with a hole in the upper part look beautiful.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 10 – 12 minutes.
  • Cover the cooled pastry with marmalade – strawberry goes well with the lemon flavor of the dough.
  • Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

If you like chocolate, you can replace the strawberry marmalade with a hazelnut-chocolate spread when gluing, which also works wonderfully.

Lemon candy filled with marmalade and dusted with sugar.

Also try our other best recipes for Christmas cookies from Linz ! You will lick yourself.

Unbaked lemon balls

You only need 4 ingredients for these balls! They are incredibly easy to prepare, delicious, and you don’t even have to bake them.


  • 200 g of dried coconut
  • 250 g of cream cheese, roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon, peeled and juiced
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey
  • extra coconut for coating


  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined.
  • Roll into tablespoon-sized balls with wet hands.
  • Sprinkle coconut on a plate and coat each ball in it.
  • Place on a tray in the fridge and let set.
Coconut and lemon balls in a bowl.

Lemon Cracked Cookies

Are you a fan of crinkles? Then prepare the following recipe for your Christmas board. You will lick yourself!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 and 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2-5 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Place the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer.
  • Turn on high and blend until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Turn the mixer to low and beat in the eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla.
  • Scrape the bowl again.
  • Then, on low, mix in 1 cup of the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and food coloring.
  • Once combined, stir in the remaining 2 cups of flour.
  • Do not mix the dough!
  • Cover the dough and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • The longer you refrigerate the dough, the better for fluffy cookies.
  • Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  • Line several baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Once the dough has cooled, take out a small bowl and pour powdered sugar into it.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, divide the dough into balls.
  • Roll each ball in icing sugar and then place on a baking sheet, 5cm apart.
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes, until the edges are golden and the center looks slightly undercooked.
  • Leave to cool on the baking sheet.
  • Enjoy it!
Lemon crinkles on a plate.

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Tip for lemon frosting on cookies

You can turn many traditional recipes into a pleasant experience with lemon flavor by using a lemon glaze. Its preparation is very easy, but we bring you tips on how to improve it.

Use as a base:

  • 150 g of powdered sugar
  • about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

In order for the glaze to be beautifully smooth, you must sift the powdered sugar before mixing it with the lemon juice . If the sugar doesn’t want to combine with the juice enough, add either water or more lemon juice drop by drop.

For a more pronounced taste and color of the glaze, add about 2 teaspoons of finely grated lemon peel .

Add a few drops of oil to prevent the icing from breaking.

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