I don’t remember exactly when I first came across Meyer lemons but it was certainly only since I moved to the US. Once I heard what they were, I was instantly intrigued and knew I wanted to cook with them at some point. As ever, that didn’t happen quickly. However, when I heard about the 12 days of Christmas cookies event, Meyer lemon cookies were the first ones I thought of. We instantly loved these buttery, citrusy bites of deliciousness. And by we, I mean all of us – even myself and my husband who are not hugely sweet-toothed. These Meyer lemon cookies are wonderfully fresh and citrusy without being overly tart or sweet. They’re a delicious burst of flavor to brighten up the dark days of winter.
What are Meyer lemons?
Meyer lemons are thought to be a cross between regular lemons and tangerines or oranges. Once you know this, the color and flavor are pretty much what you would expect. A bright, yellowy orange and a flavor that’s zesty and tart but with a slightly sweet edge. They have a pretty short season, but do pick some up when you see them. They’re a great way to add a slight change to the flavor of things normally using lemons.
How these Meyer lemon cookies are made
These Meyer lemon cookies use a mixture of both lemon zest and juice in the dough. There’s also a little more in the glaze so you really get the flavor. I tried a couple of variations on the mix of ingredients before I got this one and while the dough is a little crumbly to work with, I think the end cookies come out well so it’s worth the little extra work to get the dough to come together. All you do is cream the butter and sugar together, add the remaining ingredients and mix. You’ll probably need to press it together by hand to get it to come together, then press it into a log, wrap and chill. Then slice it up and bake.
These cookies do spread a little as they cook, and you might worry they are not ready when they are, but don’t. They firm up when they cool. They’re not too sweet – I tend to keep sugar on the lower side – which is perfect for our tastes and really shows off the Meyer lemon flavor. They are a little delicate, but they have a wonderful crispness to them that just melts in your mouth.
We instantly loved these Meyer lemon cookies and got through them in no time at all. A wonderful balance of fresh citrus, sweetness and melting crumbliness, they’re so good.
- 3tbsp/45g butter
- 2tbsp sugar
- ¼ cup plus 1tbsp/45g all purpose/flour (I also made them with wholewheat pastry flour which comes out a little darker but still tastes great)
- 2tbsp corn starch/ cornflour
- ½tbsp Meyer lemon zest (approx ½ a Meyer lemon)
- ½tbsp Meyer lemon juice
- For glaze -
- 2tbsp confectioners sugar/icing sugar
- 1tsp Meyer lemon juice plus a few gratings of zest.
- Cream together the butter and sugar so they are well combined but not overly soft.
- Add the rest of the cookie ingredients (flour, corn starch, Meyer lemon zest and juice) and mix. You may need to press it together by hand to get it to stick, but also try not to over work the dough. Press it into a small log, wrap with cling wrap/film and chill for approx 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350F/175C and line a baking sheet/tray with parchment or a cookie sheet.
- Remove the dough from the fridge ad carefully cut into slices and lay them on the lined baking sheet, with a bit of space between them.
- Bake for approx 15 minutes until they are just starting to brown a little around the edge. Remove from the oven ad allow to cool completely before moving or glazing.
- For the gaze, blend together the sugar, juice and zest. Either spread a little in the middle of each cookie, as I have, or you could pipe over them too. Store in an airtight container.
Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee. We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies. Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies. We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness! May your holidays be sweet!
Anginetti from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Candy Cane Cookies from The Freshman Cook
Christmas Sprinkle Cookies from Family Around the Table
Chocolate Coconut Layer Bars from Making the Most of Naptime
Chocolate Dipped Coffee Shortbread cookies from Feeding Big
Cookie Butter Crisps from Palatable Pastime
Crispy and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Cuppa Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies from Simple and Savory
Melting Snowmen from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Meyer Lemon Cookies from Caroline’s Cooking
Pizelles from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Red Velvet Snowballs from The Chef Next Door
Snowday Cookies from Jolene’s Recipe Journal