Super Cute Lemon Cookies

I participated in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap and made these SUPER CUTE Lemon Cookies!
Super Cute Lemon Cookies in BowlThey are sugar cookies coated with sweet and lemony icing. I have a history of vandalizing drawing faces on everyday objects. I just couldn’t resist the urge to give these cookies super kawaii faces!
Lemon Faces w Juicer

Here’s the video on HOW I decorated these cookies. After the video, continue reading for the recipes and face printouts… then make your own!

Cookie faces!

I made stencils by cutting out these faces on acetate with an Xacto knife. Stencils made the process faster and the look of the cookies more consistent.  Give stenciling a try!  Here are the faces:

Lemon Faces Stencil


I called on the help of my friend and cookie/royal icing expert Patti Paige, who actually made the lemon-shaped cookie cutter, just for me! Thank you Patti! <3 <3
I also used Patti’s sugar cookie recipe with my own lemony royal icing to top the cookies.

Patti Paige’s Sugar Cookies (Makes: 40-45 cookies)

24 ounces all-purpose flour
1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ pound butter, at room temperature
2 ¼ cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the eggs and vanilla together in a container. With the mixer on low speed, pour out container one egg at time until incorporated. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Add the dry ingredients to the mixture, about 1/4 at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition. Pour the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap and chill the dough in the refrigerator for about an hour, or until firm.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Roll the dough to out to about 1/8 inch thickness on a floured surface.

If the dough is sticky, you can work in small sections of dough while leaving the rest in the refrigerator. Flour the top of the dough as you roll it out to prevent it from sticking to the rolling pin.

Cut the dough with a lemon-shaped cookie cutter. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and place the cookies on the sheet. Bake the cookies for about 10-12 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are golden brown. Let the cookies cool completely before decorating.

Lemony Royal Icing

2 egg whites
1 lb Confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons lemon extract (Nielsen Massey Pure Lemon Extract is a fav.)
4 drops Electric Yellow or Lemon Yellow Food Coloring

Beat egg whites in a mixer for about 20 seconds, until they are liquid with some froth. With the mixer on low, slowly add all of the confectioner’s sugar, a cup at a time. Add the lemon juice and extract and continue mixing until smooth and incorporated.

Scoop out 1/2 cup of royal icing to color pink for the cheeks, and another 1/2 cup to color black for the face. Thin with lemon extract as needed. Color the rest of the royal icing with 4 drops of yellow food coloring, or more, as needed.

This recipe is good for lining the cookies, and piping faces. To thin the icing for “flood” icing, add up to 1/4 cup of lemon juice to the yellow royal icing until the icing is runny.

Follow the video above for supplies and decorating instructions. ^__^

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

The swap was super fun, because I sent out a dozen super cute lemon cookies to 3 different bloggers, and I received a dozen cookies from 3 different bloggers!

Thanks MelissaColleen, and Stephanie for my yummy yummy cookies! I’ll be posting the pics of those cookies on Facebook.    

A BIG THANK YOU to our hosts, Julie and Lindsay who organized the whole shebang! Everything ran so smoothly because of you. <3

Learn more about next year’s swap and subscribe to receive The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap notifications.


  1. says

    Those are so cute! I saw them on a couple of the food photography sites and I just had to come let you know I think they’re adorable!! I don’t even know if I could eat them they’re so cute 😀 I especially love the little >_< one!

  2. says

    They look so cute! I will really enjoy making them, I am sure. I know my little girl will love to create happy and sad faces on them too. Totally creative! Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    I’m so glad that I was one of the blogger’s to receive these! Not only were they adorable, but I LOVED the lemon icing-so fresh and delicious! Thanks again!

  4. Di says

    This is super cute! I want to try making them this weekend! I was wondering if the icing will hard enough for it to be stackable? And since the icing is made from egg whites, how will it handle being left out in room temp? Or if I wanted to ship the cookie out of state, will the icing be ok? Thank you for posting those adorable cookies and sharing the instructions!:)

  5. says

    Hi! I dried them, stacked them, and shipped them! I just make sure when I ship them that I stuff paper around so they don’t shift around in the box. They’re fine in room temperature!

  6. Zul says

    Hello binky, awesome site! Congrats! Yours just become my fave site lol…lots of tips and tutorials. Thank you for putting up such an awesome site :)

  7. Amethyst says

    Omggggggg they are gonna die from cuteness!!! I am in love. Is this the easiest thing to make. I am only 11 and I need to make something easy and fast cause I am like sooooo impation.

  8. says

    Your cookies are simply WONDERFUL! Love the lemon shape and lemon icing and your stencil faces…………adorable!!!!!!!!!!! How lucky were the recipients of your cookies! :)

  9. Xiu Ching says

    Hi! I absolutely loveeeee these cookies! They’re super cute and I’d really like to make them but I don’t know where to get lemon extract from :/ can I leave it out or replace it with more lemon juice?

  10. Pamela says

    Do you sell the lemon head cookie cutter? Does Patti sell them? I looked at some online, but this one has the Lemon Head feel. Thanks!


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