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gluten free lemon shortbread cookies

Frosted Lemon Shortbread Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan).

These light and buttery lemon shortbread cookies are topped with a creamy lemon buttercream frosting. It's the perfect springtime dessert!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, Egg Free, gluten free, vegan.
Keyword lemon zest, rich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Servings 24
Calories 157 kcal
Author Kelly Roenicke


For the cookies:

For the frosting:

  • 3 Tablespoons vegan buttery spread
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice from approximately one lemon


  1. Place the vegan buttery spread and confectioner's sugar in a mixing bowl, and beat until smooth.

  2. Add the gluten free flour blend, salt, and lemon zest, then mix on low speed until the dough comes together.

  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and chill the dough in the refrigerator for two hours.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  5. Use a spoon to scoop out a tablespoon of dough at a time. Roll it into balls, and place on the cookie sheets. Use your thumb or the back of a spoon to press the balls down.

  6. Repeat with remaining dough. You can probably fit about 12 cookies on a cookie sheet Keep the leftover dough chilled in between baking.

  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely before moving.

Make the frosting:

  1. Place the confectioner's sugar, the vegan buttery spread, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed. If the dough seems too thin, add a little more confectioner's sugar. If it's too thick, add a little more lemon juice.

  2. Once the frosting reaches a spreadable consistency, turn off the mixer.

  3. Frost the cooled shortbread cookies. Sprinkle a little more lemon zest on top.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts are for one 2.5 inch cookie with frosting.

You can freeze this shortbread dough if you wish - just store wrapped discs of dough in a ziploc freezer bag. It should stay fresh for up to three months.

Nutrition Facts
Frosted Lemon Shortbread Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan).
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 121mg5%
Potassium 3mg0%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 426IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.