July 13, 2017

Lemon pudding cookies

Plate of baked lemon pudding cookies.

Lightly sweetened lemon cookies with a drizzle of very lemony glaze are a perfect cookie for summer picnics and potlucks.

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Pudding mix is a great way to add flavor to your baked goods. Pudding mix also makes soft and chewy cookies that are moist and delicious. These lemon pudding cookies use lemon pudding mix along with fresh lemon zest and juice to boost the lemon flavor.

Then these cookies are topped with a lemony glaze that is also full of fresh lemon juice and fresh lemon zest. If you love lemon, these cookies are perfect for you!

Close-up of the top of a glazed lemon pudding cookie.

I highly recommend using the glaze because it really adds a fresh punch of lemon flavor to the top of the lemon pudding cookies. Just make sure to let the glaze dry completely before storing.

When I make cookies, I like to use a cookie scoop to get them all about the same size for even baking. This recipe uses a tablespoon (or small) cookie scoop. To zest the lemons, I like to use a microplane to get a fine zest. 

These cookies are perfect to bring to a party or potluck. I like the bright lemon flavor in the summer the most, but also during the winter when you want some of that fresh citrus flavor. Winter is citrus season so it's a great time to make these cookies, too.

Store these cookies in an airtight container for several days. The lemon flavor improves the next day as it permeates throughout the dough.

Side view of a stack of lemon pudding cookies.

Yield: about 3 dozen cookies
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Lemon Pudding Cookies

Lemon Pudding Cookies

Lightly sweetened lemon cookies with a drizzle of very lemony glaze are a perfect cookie for summer picnics and potlucks.

Ingredients

For the cookies
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) package instant lemon pudding mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • zest of two lemons
For the glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • zest of one lemon
  • about 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment (or a large bowl with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the pudding mix, eggs, lemon juice, and zest.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir the dry ingredients into the wet until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Scoop the dough one tablespoon at a time. Roll into a ball and place on the baking sheets. Lightly press the dough to slightly flatten. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the sides and bottom just turn golden. Let cool on the baking sheets for 1-2 minutes and then cool on a wire rack.
  6. Stir together the powdered sugar and zest in a small bowl. Add the lemon juice slowly while stirring until the glaze becomes runny. Drizzle over the cookies and let it dry completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container.
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Plate of lemon pudding cookies with lemons.

This post was originally published in 2017 and had been updated in 2022 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience.

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17 comments:

  1. these sound delicious! love lemon cookies :)

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  2. This is such a great idea Amy...I never thought in using lemon pudding to make cookies...thanks for the recipe!
    I hope you are enjoying your week :)

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  3. LOVE love love lemon! These sound so delicious! Have a great weekend, Amy!

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  4. Great summer cookie for sure! I have seen pudding cookies but have yet to try it. These remind me of the lemon curd biscuits I tried recently. Something about lemon that is just irresistible.

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  5. I am not really a lemon girl, but um, I have a feeling I would totally PLOW through some of these cause um... THAT GLAZE!

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  6. Sweet and tangy..I love these summery and delicious lemon cookies.

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  7. I'm always up for a cookie and lemon is one of my favorite flavors in a dessert.

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  8. Oh wow! I bet the addition of the lemon pudding gives these cookies the perfect lemon flavor, with a soft texture! Yum!! XOXO

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  9. This is the perfect summer cookie! I've thought back on my lemon recipes, and while I've made pies and bars with lemons, I've never made cookies with them before. High time I change that. PINed it!

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  10. These citrus laden cookies sound delicious, Amy! Glad the twins enjoyed a taste, too :)

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  11. These cookies sound delicious and I love the glaze!

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  12. a hearty cookie with a glaze? this has a lot going for it!

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  13. They sound so good, and I bet that lemon icing is insane! Yummy, pinning!

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  14. There is no way that I would be able to stop eating these...I can see why they were your favorite this month!!!

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  15. Such a great summery cookie!

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  16. Love pudding cookies! Pinned!!

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  17. These are some summer-perfect-yummy-looking cookies!!!

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