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Maggiano's Lemon Cookies Recipe (Vera’s Lemon Cookies Copycat) with white frosting glaze

Maggiano's Lemon Cookies Recipe (Vera’s Lemon Cookies Copycat)

DWELL by Michelle
After batch testing too many versions to replicate Maggiano's delicious lemon cookies, I'm SO excited to finally say that we've recreated the famous Vera's Lemon Cookies with this foolproof copycat recipe!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 119 kcal


For the Lemon Cookies

For the Lemon Glaze

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp milk , regular or dairy-free
  • cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract


For the Lemon Cookies

  • In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, cornstarch, lemon zest, and salt. Whisk to combine, then set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, beat together the butter and powdered sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add in the flour, vanilla extract, and lemon juice, and mix until combined. The dough should be a little sticky at this point, but if that it is too sticky, you can add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Pre-heat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet. Set aside.
  • Take the dough out of the fridge and roll with a rolling pin until they are approximately 1/2 in thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out different shapes (a half moon one for an exact copycat of Maggiano's Lemon Cookies) and place the cookies on the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for 5 minutes at 325F, then raise the oven temperature to 350F for an additional 8-11 minutes. Once done, the lemon cookies should be slightly golden.
  • Take the cookie sheet out of the oven, but leave the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the The Lemon Glaze

  • In a small bowl, add the lemon juice, milk, powdered sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.
  • Take the prepared lemon cookie and dip the top of each one into the glaze. Continue with the remaining cookies.
  • When the glaze has hardened, your very own Maggiano's Lemon Cookies are ready to enjoy! These cookies will stay fresh for 2-3 days in room temperature, or up to 1 week in the refrigerator when placed in an airtight container.
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