These French lemon butter cookies are similar to French Sable cookies, crumbly, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth little cookies. Delicious served beside a cup of tea.

French Lemon Butter Cookies. These French lemon butter cookies are similar to French Sable cookies, crumbly, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth little cookies. Delicious served beside a cup of tea.

Lemon buttery cookies are truly lovely! The small size of these cookies makes them a little elegant, so they're perfect to fit on the side of a saucer with your cup of tea, and equally delicious added to a scoop of ice cream.

These cookies I would say are a cross between a buttery shortbread and a French Sable biscuit or cookie. What makes these so delicious is their fine crumbly texture, yet when you eat them, they just melt away in your mouth.

French Lemon Butter Cookies. These French lemon butter cookies are similar to French Sable cookies, crumbly, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth little cookies. Delicious served beside a cup of tea.

These cookies aren't overly sweet, so if you do have a particularly sweet tooth, add a couple more tablespoons of sugar to the ingredients. They're more for having with a coffee or tea than as a dessert.

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You could also add a spread of lemon whipped frosting on top or in between 2 cookies to make cookie sandwiches, or drizzle some white chocolate over them if you wanted to make them fancy, or add some festive Christmas decorations on them if you're making cookies for Christmas.

French Lemon Butter Cookies. These French lemon butter cookies are similar to French Sable cookies, crumbly, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth little cookies. Delicious served beside a cup of tea.

If you enjoy having a cookie or biscuit with a cup of coffee or tea, then you'll also enjoy our walnut butter cookies as they were made for having with your coffee! Also, why not try our delicious No Bake Lemon Cookies.They're really easy to make!

The flavors in the cookie are lovely. You of course get the lovely flavor of lemon throughout.

The texture of these cookies are light, crisp and once in your mouth, simply melt away. They don't last long so you may have to make 2 batches!

French Lemon Butter Cookies. These French lemon butter cookies are similar to French Sable cookies, crumbly, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth little cookies. Delicious served beside a cup of tea.

One word of caution when making these, the dough does need to be cold when handling, so if you’re making these in the Summertime or where you live is particularly hot, allow for chilling time. To speed things up, I pop the dough in the freezer for 10 -20 minutes so it’s pretty much rock hard for when I come to slicing the discs.

Ingredients

French Lemon Butter Cookies, ingredients

100g or 3½oz plain / all-purpose flour

75g or 2½oz unsalted butter, room temperature

100g or 3½oz regular sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Zest of 1 lemon  

2 egg yolks

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350F or 180°C

In a mixer, add all the ingredients.

French Lemon Butter Cookies, ingreients in bowl

Combine until the dough comes together. This will take around 3 - 4 minutes if using an electric mixer.

French Butter Cookies, showing texture during mixing
French Butter Cookies, showing texture when done mixing
French Butter Cookies, showing texture when cookie dough is ready

Take a piece of plastic wrap and roll the dough into a sausage shape, so it is the diameter or a dollar coin in width.

French Lemon Butter Cookies, shaping cookie dough in plastic wrap step 1

Then twist the ends of the wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Tip: If it is particularly hot where you live, place in the freezer for 20 minutes. The dough needs to be quite hard so you can slice it and keep the shape.

French Lemon Butter Cookies, shaping cookie dough in plastic wrap step 2

After chilling, remove plastic wrap and slice thinly. About 5 mm in thickness.

French Lemon Butter Cookies, showing how to slice dough

Place the cookie discs on to a baking tray. Leave a space between each cookie as they will spread about ⅓ in size.

French Lemon Butter Cookies., arranged on cookie tray

Bake for 6 - 8 minutes until just golden.

French Lemon Butter Cookies, baked

Remove from the oven and allow to rest on the cookie tray for 5 minutes.

Using a palette knife, carefully slide underneath each cookie and transfer to the cooling rack.

French Lemon Butter Cookies, how to remove cookies from baking tray

Transfer all of the cookies to a cooling rack until the cookies completely cool. As they cool, the cookies will become harder and crisp.

French Lemon Butter Cookies, on cooling rack
French Lemon Butter Cookies. These French lemon butter cookies are similar to French Sable cookies, crumbly, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth little cookies. Delicious served beside a cup of tea.

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French Lemon Butter Cookies. These French lemon butter cookies are similar to French Sable cookies, crumbly, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth little cookies. Delicious served beside a cup of tea.

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Recipe Card

French Lemon Butter Cookies. These French lemon butter cookies are similar to French Sable cookies, crumbly, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth little cookies. Delicious served beside a cup of tea.

French Lemon Butter Cookies

Yield: 36
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

These French lemon butter cookies are similar to French Sable cookies, crumbly, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth little cookies. Delicious served beside a cup of tea.

Ingredients

  • 100g or 3½oz plain / all purpose flour
  • 75g or 2½oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 100g or 3½oz regular sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 egg yolks

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F or 180°C
  2. In a mixer, add all the ingredients.
  3. Combine until the dough comes together. This will take around 3 - 4 minutes if using an electric mixer.
  4. Take a piece of plastic wrap and roll the dough into a sausage shape, so it is the diameter or a dollar coin in width. Then twist the ends of the wrap and refrigerate for 20 - 30 minutes.
  5. After chilling, remove the plastic wrap and slice thinly. About 5 mm in thickness.
  6. Place the cookie discs onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Leave a space between each cookie as they will spread about ⅓ in size.
  7. Bake for 6 - 8 minutes until just golden.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to rest on the cookie tray for 5 minutes.
  9. Transfer to a cooling rack until the cookies are completely cool. As they cool, the cookies will become harder and crisp.

Notes

Tip: If it is particularly hot where you live, place in the freezer for 20 minutes. The dough needs to be quite hard so you can slice it and keep its shape.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 18Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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