There’s something undeniably enchanting about the zesty allure of lemon paired with the luxurious, melt-in-your-mouth texture of butter cookies. But these aren’t just any butter cookies; these are the Best Ever Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies, a recipe that promises to bring a slice of sunshine and a dollop of comfort with every single bite.
Who is this Recipe For?
Are you a lemon lover? Do you crave something sweet yet tangy? Or perhaps you’re on the hunt for the perfect teatime companion? If so, this cookie is the answer to your culinary dreams. It’s also incredibly easy to make, ideal for new bakers, busy parents, or anyone looking to whip up a quick batch of delicious treats with minimal fuss.
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar, divided
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Add the sugar and mix until creamy. Add the eggs, lemon extract, and vanilla extract, and mix until light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, ½ cup of powdered sugar, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Once the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Scoop 2 tablespoons of cookie dough at a time, forming a ball. Drop each ball into the remaining ½ cup of powdered sugar. Roll the dough ball around in the powdered sugar until it is well coated.
Place the cookie balls on the baking sheet with room to spread, and bake for 11 to 13 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack before serving.