Lemon Cookies ~ Zitronenkeks

by Gerhild Rudolf

Lemon Cookies iced for Christmas

Lemon Cookies iced for Christmas

This delicious recipe was submitted as shown here by Gerhild Rudolf.

Below, in the comments, you'll find the conversion for those of us in America.

  • 250 g plain wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoonful baking powder (sodium hydrogen carbonate; e.g. Backin by Dr. Oetker)
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar
  • 2 sachets grated lemon rind (or homemade)
  • 1 egg
  • 150 g butter (at room temperature. Do not melt.)

    For the icing:
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 3 spoonful lemon juice

    How to proceed:

    1. Mix ingredients to a dough, roll it, cut out cookies (hearts, stars, fir-trees, bells – I prefer hearts), place the cookies on the baking plate lined with baking paper.

    2. Bake at good heat (200 degrees Celsius), don’t burn the cookies.

    3. Move the cookies together with the paper on a grid or the kitchen table, let them cool.

    4. Make the icing in a cereal-bowl: just add lemon juice to the icing sugar, little by little, till you obtain a thick smooth paste. Ice the cookies by using a brush or knife. Let them dry. Store them in a cookie tin.

    5. Enjoy them – not only at Christmas time.

    (The recipe is from a calendar, no author mentioned.)

    NOTE: 200 degrees Celsius is 390 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Comments for Lemon Cookies ~ Zitronenkeks

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    Dec 11, 2018
    old cookie recipe
    by: Mary

    Decades ago our German neighbor made for us norguss cakes. They consisted of a thin layer of cookie dough baked in the oven for a short time. After baking the pan was drizzled with a lemon and confectioners sugar icing. These were so simple yet so spectacular. Does anyone have that recipe to share?


    Dec 14, 2017
    cooking time
    by: Anonymous

    How long do you bake them?


    I don't recall how long I baked them for. Probably not more than 10 minutes. Put one sheet in first and time it ... you want to remove them just as they are starting to get golden brown.

    Will check the time next time I bake them, as well.

    ~ Oma Gerhild

    Dec 17, 2016
    by: Greta

    These cookies taste just like my Tante Kathe's recipe. Thank you for sharing. These are my favorite of all! Will try another recipe of yours!

    Jan 01, 2012
    by: Gerhild Fulson

    When I made these cookies (and they were delicious!) I used the following:

    • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla sugar (or use vanilla extract),
    • 2 tsp grated lemon rind
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup butter

    For the icing the recipe calls for:

    • 2 cups icing sugar
    • 3 teaspoons of lemon juice (more or less as required)

    Since I didn't want too much icing, I used about 1 cup of icing sugar and enough lemon juice to make a fairly thin consistency to just give the cookies a nice coating.

    When I want to pipe the icing instead, as shown in the stars cookies above, I don't add much lemon juice at all. Just enough so that it is a piping consistency.

    Hope this helps!

    Dec 29, 2011
    Can someone give me the recipe with USA measurements?
    by: M. Lehnert

    Please give me the recipe with USA mesurements. We use cups of flour and teaspoons of other ingredients. Maybe I can find a conversion chart somewhere on the internet.

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

    M. Lehnert

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