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Soft and Chewy Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

Soft and Chewy Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies – Deliciously soft, chewy, and thick cookies made with cream cheese for extra softness, and infused with lemon!

Soft and Chewy Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies drizzled with a glazed on marble background.

The weather’s all over the place here in the UK. It’s very warm, yet we are still getting plenty of rain – typical. (I do enjoy the odd thunderstorm we get though!) Rain or not, the hot weather makes me want to bake with citrusy fruits, and bake with them I will. 😉

Soft and Chewy Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

Soft and Chewy Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

Today I bring you cookies that are made for summertime, perfect for those hot days – Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies! I’ve topped these cookies with a delicious lemon glaze and a sprinkle of lemon zest for an added burst of citrus in every bite.

Love lemon desserts? You need these cookies in your life!

Soft and Chewy Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies on a marble background.

The cream cheese added to these cookies makes them extra soft and moist without actually making them taste like cream cheese. In fact, I find it makes these cookies taste more buttery! Bonus!

Soft and Chewy Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies drizzled with a glaze with a bite taken out of one cookie.

The lemon glaze takes these cookies to the next level, giving them a burst of sunshine in every bite! It’s super easy to make, too. Simply mix the icing sugar with a few teaspoons of lemon juice until you reach your desired consistency, then drizzle over the cookies.

Next step: Devour the cookies!

A tall stack of Soft and Chewy Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies drizzled with a glaze on a marble background.

A tall stack of Soft and Chewy Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies with a bite taken out of the top one.

Soft and Chewy Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies - Deliciously soft, chewy, and thick cookies made with cream cheese for extra softness, and infused with lemon! #lemoncookies #cookierecipes #cookies #lemonrecipes

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5 from 1 vote
Soft and Chewy Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yields: 15 cookies
Calories: 206 kcal
Deliciously soft, chewy, and thick cookies made with cream cheese for extra softness, and infused with lemon!
For the Cookies
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 115g, mostly melted
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese 50g, softened
  • 3/4 cup caster/granulated sugar 150g
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 2 cups plain/all-purpose flour 250g
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour/cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon optional
For the Glaze
  • 1 cup icing/powdered sugar 125g
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
For the Cookies
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, and line a baking tray with parchment paper, or a silicone mat. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cornflour, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Add the egg and mix until combined, then mix in the lemon extract. Fold in the dry ingredients.
  4. Roll the dough into 1.5oz balls, about 14 - 15 balls, and place on the prepared baking tray. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the Glaze
  1. Mix together the icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth and combined. Add more juice to reach desired consistency if needed. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies, and enjoy!

Cookies stay fresh, kept in an airtight container, at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Cookie dough balls can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen for an extra minute.

The calories are an estimate only.

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  • Reply
    Demeter | Beaming Baker
    11th July 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Marsha, I’m so glad the hot weather inspired you to make these cookies! Lemon cookies are my sister’s absolute favorite. I have to try making these for her some time (if she’s nice to me… J/k!) These cookies look so unbelievably soft and just… perfect. Exactly what I’d expect from MBA. 🙂 Hoping you get another thunderstorm! 😉 Pinning!

    • Reply
      11th July 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks, Demeter! 🙂

  • Reply
    Marsha's Brother
    11th July 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I really wasn’t expecting much when I heard you was making LEMON cookies. It sounded unappetizing to me lol but as it’s your baking, I thought I had to at least try one. And to my surprise, it was actually really good! It’s soft as usual (like the rest of your cookies) but not so soft that it’s like biting into cookie dough lol
    But the thing that surprised me the most was the taste. I’m not a big fan of lemon, but I could of eaten 10 of them cookies in a row! It was so sweet, but not so that it overpowered the lemon. It was a perfect mix

    • Reply
      12th July 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them so much! 😛

  • Reply
    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
    11th July 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I wish I had this recipe last month when I had this tiny bit of cream cheese leftover and I did not know what to do with it!! Cookies! Bake into cookie! Thanks, I’m gonna save this for all the times I make a recipe that doesn’t dare to use an entire package of cream cheese!

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    Diana Johnson
    11th July 2016 at 10:15 pm

    These sound delicious! I love lemon-flavored baked goods, and cookies are just the right size for my sweet tooth. I’ll have to give these a try.

  • Reply
    11th July 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Marsha.. you two of my favorite things here – Lemon & Cream Cheese and all in a COOKIE.. can’t go wrong here. Absolutely love your photos

  • Reply
    11th July 2016 at 11:24 pm

    These cookies definitely look soft and chewy …and lemon flavored! Love this. Pinned!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply
      12th July 2016 at 10:37 am

      Thanks, Maria! 🙂

  • Reply
    12th July 2016 at 12:25 am

    Any cookie that is soft and chewy is A-OK with me! These sound delicious…I love lemon flavors this time of the year! Will definitely have to try this recipe ASAP! 🙂

    • Reply
      12th July 2016 at 10:37 am

      Thanks, Sarah! 🙂

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    Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health
    12th July 2016 at 8:50 am

    You should come to Croatia. We have only sunshine and hot weather here 😉 Yeah, I have the same feeling. Summer and hot weather = lemon … cake, cookies, anything 😉 Marsha, these cookies looks perfect. Soft, chewy, lemony … omg, give me some! 😀

    • Reply
      12th July 2016 at 10:26 am

      Thanks, Natalie! Croatia sounds lovely! 😉

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    14th July 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Anything involving cream cheese makes me giddy! Love these cookies, Marsha! So soft and lemony! YUM!

    • Reply
      14th July 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks, Cheyanne!

  • Reply
    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    14th July 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I’m glad we are not the only ones having crazy kookie weather. . .one minute it’s 90 degrees F out. . .and the next I’m shivering with my polar fleece on.

    Warm weather or not, these beauties are sure to bring a sunny disposition into my life. I love any and all things lemon. . .as a matter of fact it appears to be one of the most used ingredients in my house. If only I had a fresh batch of these zingy cookies sitting on my countertop.

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    Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat
    14th July 2016 at 6:55 pm

    These cookies look so perfect for summer! That lemon is the best!

  • Reply
    17th July 2016 at 8:25 pm

    These look so amazing! I love lemon everything!

    • Reply
      17th July 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks, Miranda!

  • Reply
    Olivia @ Olivia's Cuisine
    18th July 2016 at 6:39 pm

    I need to try these. They look amazing!

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