When you’re ready for a delicate lemon treat, make these gluten-free iced lemon cookies. The icing has fresh lemon juice and packs so much flavor! These yummy gluten-free lemon cookies don’t have any dairy in them either!
Some of the ladies at my church recently organized a progressive dinner. While I’ve heard of progressive dinners for years, this was my first time to participate in one. It was super fun!
I was asked to be one of the houses that hosted dessert, which is a great fit for me of course!
I figured after eating appetizers at one house, and a full meal at another house, by the time everyone got to my house for dessert, they probably wouldn’t want a big or rich dessert. So I chose to make several small desserts to serve with the tea, coffee, and hot cocoa.
There’s a growing number of ladies in my church that eat gluten-free and dairy-free for various health reasons, so they actually asked each dessert host to provide one dessert that was both gluten-free and dairy-free. That wasn’t too hard for me! These light and delicate gluten-free lemon cookies were my choice for a gluten-free and dairy-free dessert.
My other dessert could have dairy, so I also made my gluten-free Peanut Butter Dream bars, but without the Christmas colored M&M’s. I cut these really small so ladies could feel like they could have one of each dessert if they wanted.
I also want to be totally honest with you. I made two other desserts for this that epically failed. They were so bad that one went to the garbage and the other was set aside as family only because they were so overcooked and dry. I hope that encourages you that we ALL have those days in the kitchen where we make mistakes!
Thankfully these gluten-free dairy-free lemon cookies were a hit! Some requested I share them here, so here they are!
Notes on ingredients and substitutions for these gluten-free lemon cookies:
- Gluten-free flour blend: These should work well with your favorite high quality gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. I used one of my go-to blends, gfJules flour, with great results. gfJules flour has xanthan gum already in it, but if your blend doesn’t, you’ll need to add some as noted in the recipe. You can buy it direct from gfJules site here, or buy from Amazon here.
- Lemons: You’ll need two small/medium lemons for this recipe in order to have enough zest. You’ll have leftover lemon juice though, so you can set that aside for another use, or add it to your glass of ice water!
- To make these dairy-free, I chose to use Melt Buttery Sticks. This company is local to me (Boise, Idaho) and I’ve really been loving using their products recently. I thought the buttery sticks worked really well here in these cookies. You can also use coconut oil, organic shortening, or other non-dairy butter alternatives. If you can have butter, then go ahead and use unsalted butter in these cookies. I’ve had them with butter too!
The lemon flavor in these comes from using both fresh lemon juice and the lemon zest in the cookies. The lemon glaze or lemon icing is made with a combo of lemon juice and powdered sugar.
Where I live, it’s often cheaper for me to buy a whole bag of lemons at Trader Joe’s or Costco than just buying 2-3 individual lemons. So I thought I’d share some other gluten-free recipes you can make with lemons too! I have a whole round-up on my site of gluten-free recipes for baking with lemon.
My gluten-free lemon brownies are always a huge hit wherever I take them, and if you can have dairy, you’ve got to make them! My gluten-free lemon cupcakes are a go-to recipe during the summer, when I can use fresh raspberries or blackberries in the frosting.
If you can’t have dairy, another lemony, dairy-free option is this gluten-free dairy-free lemon coconut cake. These paleo lemon bars are free of gluten, grains, dairy, and more and look delicious. Another on my want to make soon list is this gluten-free lemon roll from my friend Jules, it includes dairy-free instructions too.
So many yummy lemon recipes, so little time!
Recipe adapted from Glazed Lemon Cookies from Two Peas & Their Pod.
Gluten-free Lemon Cookies Recipe:
*If the gluten-free flour blend you use already has xanthan gum or guar gum in it, then omit the xanthan gum called for in this recipe. I recommend buying two small or medium lemons in order to have enough lemon zest for this recipe. See blog post for ingredient information and substitutions. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
*If the gluten-free flour blend you use already has xanthan gum or guar gum in it, then omit the xanthan gum called for in this recipe.
I recommend buying two small or medium lemons in order to have enough lemon zest for this recipe.
See blog post for ingredient information and substitutions.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
I hope you and your family and friends enjoy these gf lemon cookies as much as we did!
Please come back and leave a rating and comment with any successful substitutions you made.