French Lemon Butter Cookies

These French Lemon Butter Cookies are light and delicate with a crispy exterior and a soft, buttery center. They are made with just a handful of simple ingredients and the result is a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors that will leave you craving more.

french lemon butter cookies in a circle on a plate.

Butter Cookies are a classic treat that never goes out of style. These simple, yet delicious cookies are the perfect addition to any dessert spread or enjoyed on their own with a cup of coffee or tea.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • You only need simple ingredients so you don’t have to worry about spending a lot of money at the grocery store.
  • This recipe is also so easy that even beginners can make it.
  • They are the perfect treat for holidays, birthdays, or just when you are craving a sweet treat.


bowls of butter, powdered sugar, sugar, vanilla, eggs, lemon extract, salt, lemon, and flour on a counter.

You only need basic ingredients to help you make these cookies. So, next time you are in the grocery store pick up these ingredients so you can enjoy these simple cookies.

  • butter – We use unsalted butter when we are baking.
  • powdered sugar
  • egg yolks
  • vanilla extract
  • lemon extract
  • lemon zest
  • salt
  • flour
  • sugar

See the recipe card below for quantities.

🔪 How to Make French Lemon Butter Cookies

This is a quick overview of the steps needed to make this recipe. You can find the full instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

cookie dough being mixed in a large glass bowl.

With a hand mixer combine the cookie dough ingredients until well combined.

cookie dough shaped into a log and wrapped in plastic wrap.

Then shape the dough into a log place it on a piece of plastic wrap and chill for at least 45 minutes.

cookie dough being sliced with a knife.

Unwrap the dough and sprinkle sugar over the top. Then slice the dough into 1/4 inch thick.

raw cookie dough on a baking sheet.

Bake in a 350-degree preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

🥄 Equipment

You will need a few kitchen tools to help you make this recipe. Gather these simple tools so you can whip up these cookies:

  • mixing Bowl
  • electric mixer – You can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer.
  • plastic wrap
  • baking sheet
  • wire rack

🥫 Storage

Storage – Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 – 4 days.

Freezing – You can also freeze these cookies in a freezer-safe bag for up to three months. Thaw at room temperature for 3-4 hours.

Serve With

These cookies are delicious with a cup of your favorite tea or coffee. But, you can also enjoy these lemon cookies after your favorite meal like this

💭 Tips

Here are a few tips that you can use to help you make this French lemon butter cookie recipe.

  • Make sure that you use room-temperature butter so that your cookie dough mixes well.
  • Don’t overmix your cookie dough, mix it until just combined.
  • Press the sugar in slightly so that it will stick to the dough.
four french lemon butter cookies stacked on top of each other. The top one bitten in half.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this french lemon butter cookie recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What is different about a butter cookie?

Butter cookies are made with a buttery base that gives them a rich and moist flavor.

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french lemon butter cookies in a circle on a plate.

French Lemon Butter Cookies

These French Lemon Butter Cookies are the perfect blend of sweet buttery taste with a burst of lemon flavor. They are the ultimate dessert.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 36 Cookies
Calories: 54kcal


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • plastic wrap
  • baking sheet
  • Wire rack


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ¼ cup sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the egg yolks, extracts and lemon zest. Beat until fully incorporated.
  • Add in the flour and salt and mix, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  • Place a long piece of plastic wrap on the counter and scrape the dough into the center and form a long roll, about 1-2” diameters.
  • Wrap completely in plastic and place in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes to firm up the dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Unwrap the dough and sprinkle the sugar over the dough and roll it around to coat it entirely in sugar.
  • Slice the dough into thin pieces, about ¼” thick and place on a baking tray.
  • Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Do not over bake!
  • Remove and let cool on a rack.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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