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5 from 2 votes

Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

These lemon cream cheese cookies are soft with a creamy inside and crisp bottom. This is likely to become your go-to cookie recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 119kcal


  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 lemon juiced about 1 tbsp
  • 1/8 tsp lemon zest
  • powdered sugar, for topping


  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. Set it aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar, vanilla extract, lemon juice, lemon extract, and egg. Mix until fluffy.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix until well combined. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl as needed. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Portion out about 2 tbsp pieces and roll into a ball. Place the cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Once the cookies come out of the oven, sprinkle them with powdered sugar and enjoy warm!


  • Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour otherwise, the dough will be too sticky.
  • Use a cookie scoop to get evenly-sized cookies.
  • Enjoy these warm.
  • Make sure the butter and cream cheese are softened at room temperature.
  • Use 1/2 of a ripe juicy lemon.


Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 192IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg