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Lemon Meltaways : Sweet-tart Lemony Discs

Main photograph of prepared recipe.

Tender, sweet-tart very lemon shortbread cookies. Only two bites each, so you'll go back for another. And another.

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Difficulty Level



Needed Items


  • 30 minutes hands on
    2 hours chilling
    12 minutes baking


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
    2 cups powdered sugar
    2 Tbsp grated lemon zest
    2 Tbsp lemon juice
    1 egg yolk
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup cornstarch
    1/2 tsp kosher salt

Number of Servings

  • 40 small cookies


  • Electric stand mixer
    Zester or box grater
    Medium bowl
    Silicone spatula
    Parchment paper
    1-2 large baking sheets
    Cooling rack
    Sifter or fine-mesh sieve


  • Allow butter to come to room temperature

Additional Notes

Instead of the powdered sugar on top, you might consider trying a tiny bit of flaky salt.

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