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Polish Lemon Cookies Recipe – Ciastka Cytrynowe

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Polish lemon cookies are very quick to make. This Polish lemon cookie recipe takes just 10 minutes of preparation time and 12 minutes of baking time. You do have to let the dough rest in the refrigerator for an hour though. The most tedious part of the recipe is rolling out the dough and cutting the cookie shapes. It can also be a lot of fun if you have young kids in the house because cutting the shapes is a nice engaging activity.

These cookies pair well with a cup of coffee or tea. This is because the cookies are on the sweeter side. The Polish lemon cookies can be stored and are great to pull out when your kids get home from school or if you have visitors who have dropped by unexpectedly. 

Polish Lemon Cookies Recipe – Ciastka Cytrynowe

Part I – Pour Hot Water Over The Lemon

Place a lemon in a colander. Pour hot water over the lemon. 

The ingredients for Polish lemon cookies

Part II – Scrub The Lemon

Now scrub the lemon. This will remove the wax coating. The hot water will help remove the wax coating too.

Part III – Zest Half Of A Lemon

Once the wax has been removed, zest half the lemon. You can use a grater for this. Be careful not to dig too deep into the rind.

Part IV – Juice Half The Lemon

Now squeeze half of a lemon. This juice will be used in the recipe.

Part V – Knead The Dough Using All The Ingredients.

Use a large bowl. Add 1 ½ cup of all- purpose flour, ½ cup of sugar, half a lemon (zest), half a lemon (juice), 1 tsp of baking powder, 2 egg yolks and 1 butter stick into the bowl. Knead the dough. You can use your hand or a food processor. 

Part VI – Wrap The Dough And Refrigerate For 1 hour

Wrap the dough in cling wrap. This will keep the dough from drying out. It will also make the dough easier to handle. Keep it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

The wrapped Polish lemon cookies dough.
The wrapped Polish lemon cookies dough.

Part VII – Preheat The Oven to 390°F (200°C).

After an hour preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C). This will ensure that the oven is at just the right temperature for the cookies once they’ve been shaped. 

Part VIII – Roll Out The Dough On A Floured Pastry Board

Use a pastry board for the next step. Flour the board well so that the dough does not stick to it. Roll out the dough. The dough should be about ⅛ inches thick.

Dividing the dough before rolling.
Dividing the dough before rolling.

Part IX – Cut The Cookies

Use a cookie cutter to cut out cookie shapes. You can use a variety of different cutters too. This will give you Polish lemon cookies in different shapes which is always fun if you have children in the house.

Cutting the shapes for the Polish lemon cookies.
Cutting the shapes for the Polish lemon cookies.

Part X – Place The Cookies On A Baking Tray

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. This will ensure that cookies don’t stick to the tray and will make cleaning up easy. 

Part XI – Bake For 10-12 Minutes

Perfectly baked Polish lemon cookies
Perfectly baked Polish lemon cookies

Polish Lemon Cookies Recipe FAQ

How Do You Serve Polish Lemon Cookies?

Once the cookies are baked, keep them aside to cool. The Polish lemon cookies are served as a snack alongside a hot beverage like tea or coffee. Children also enjoy it with a cup of hot milk or hot chocolate. 

Why Is Vanilla Not Used In This Recipe?

The flavor in these cookies is provided by the lemon juice and the lemon zest. The flavor of lemon is particularly strong so it overpowers the milder taste of vanilla. Hence you will find that vanilla is not used in the Polish lemon cookies recipe.

Can You Store Polish Lemon Cookies?

Polish lemon cookies can easily be stored. If they aren’t all eaten immediately that is because there are rarely cookies remaining when you bake them. To store the cookies, use an airtight container. This will prevent moisture from softening the cookies and changing the texture.

What Are Some Other Polish Cookie Recipes?

Many cookie recipes are popular in Poland. Some that you can try are:

Yield: 20 cookies

Polish Lemon Cookies Recipe - Ciastka Cytrynowe

Polish Lemon Cookies Recipe - Ciastka Cytrynowe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 22 minutes


  • 1 ½ cup of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • half a lemon (zest+juice)
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 butter stick (4 oz/ 115g)


    1. Pour hot water over a lemon in a colander.
    2. Scrub a lemon to remove the wax coating.
    3. Zest half of a lemon (I use a grater for that).
    4. Juice half of a lemon.
    5. Knead the dough using all the ingredients.
    6. Wrap the dough and refrigerate for 1 hour.
    7. One hour later, preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).
    8. Roll out the dough on a floured pastry board. It should be about ⅛'' thick.
    9. Cut out the cookies using cookie cutters of your choice.
    10. Place the cookies on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.
    11. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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