A plate of lemon cookies.

Italian Lemon Cookies

Are you ready for this simple recipe for Italian Lemon Cookies? These twist cookies have a cake-like texture, glazed with the perfect burst of lemon flavor.

Course cookies
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian cookies, Italian lemon biscuits, Italian lemon cookies
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 76kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • zest of one lemon

lemon glaze

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed


  • In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs until slightly thickened (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Add sugar. Continue to whisk until well combined.
  • Add the oil, vanilla extract, juice and zest of lemon. Combine well.
  • Switch to paddle attachment.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture until well combined.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow to rest for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Position rack to middle.
  • Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Scoop dough with medium sized cookie scoop and drop on a lightly floured surface.
  • Roll into a 6 inch strand about 1/2 inch in diameter.
  • Line up the two ends and twist once or twice (refer to visual in the text).
  • Place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.
  • Repeat until all the dough has been shaped.
  • Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.
  • Whisk together icing sugar and lemon juice.
  • Glaze cookies and allow to dry before serving.


Unglazed cookies can be kept frozen for up to 3 months.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 44mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.6mg