Lemon Cookie Cake

This Lemon Cookie Cake is soft and chewy and has a lovely light lemon flavor! It’s topped with a lemon buttercream and is the perfect summer-y cookie cake!

Lemon Cookie Cake
Lemon Cookie Cake

So summer tv is pretty lousy, am I right? There’s just not much on, with the exception of wonderful guilty pleasures like ‘The Bachelorette’.

To make up for the lack of interesting things to watch recently, I finally jumped onboard the Downton Abbey train.

Hooked, I tell you! I finally finished the fourth season last night.

Honestly, I found the end of the fourth season to not be nearly as exciting as the ends of seasons two and three, but certainly less depressing than the end of season three.

When the hubs was out of town last weekend, I was constantly at war with myself over whether or not to bake or watch Downton Abbey. Most of the time I tried to multitask and do both.

Lemon Cookie Cake
Lemon Cookie Cake

At one point, I won’t say what happened in case you haven’t watched it and don’t want to know what happens, I was crying over the loss of a pretty major character when the hubs called. He’d just left from visiting his family. His mom was crying as he left, as mom’s often do in our experience, and when I answered crying he was like ‘what is going on with all the crying?’ :)

If you haven’t seen it yet, you should totally catch up. I laugh, cry and everything in between. I am always thrilled when the grandmother comes on. I don’t think there’s ever a scene with her that I don’t laugh and want to rewind to see it again. I love her little comments. Always so perfect. I wish I was as clever as her. :)

Lemon Cookie Cake

It’s been a while since I shared my last cookie cake. I love the fun variations and alternatives to a regular cake. Plus, they are super easy to make! Even better than making cookies because you don’t have to make a bunch of balls and do multiple rounds of baking.

The lemon flavor in this cookie comes from fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. I considered adding a lemon pudding mix, but decided against it. You totally could add it if you want, but I decided I wanted a little lighter lemon flavor.

And I added white chocolate chips, because I love them, but that would be optional too. It’ll be tasty either way.

Lemon Cookie Cake
Lemon Cookie Cake

If you love lemon as much as I do, there’s no doubt that you’ll love this cookie cake. It’s fresh tasting and not overwhelming at all. Lemon cookie heaven!

Lemon Cookie Cake

Yield: 9 or 10 inch cookie cake


Lemon Cookie Cake
3/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp lemon juice*
1 tsp lemon zest
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2-3/4 cup white chocolate chips

3/4 cup butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
2 tbsp lemon juice*

* You'll need a total of 3-4 lemons


Lemon Cookie Cake
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9 or 10 inch cake pan by placing parchment paper in the bottom of the pan and spraying the sides with a non stick spray.
2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Mix in egg, vanilla extract. lemon juice and lemon zest.
4. With the mixer on low speed, add flour and baking soda.
5. Stir in white chocolate chips.
6. Spread the dough evenly into the cake pan. Bake for 21-23 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. The center may still look a little undercooked but it will firm up and continue cooking as it cools.
7. Remove from oven and allow to cool until almost completely cool in the cake pan, then transfer to cooling rack.

1. Beat the butter until smooth.
2. Slowly add 3 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
3. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest and mix until smooth.
4. Ice cooled cookie cake.
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  1. Wow. This is probably the prettiest thing I will see all day! Thanks for posting a lemon recipe. Everyone’s on a berry kick, and I wanted some citrus!
    And Maggie Smith is hysterical. I rewind her scenes, too!
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  2. Loving lemon lately. (I love saying that.) :)
    This looks simply awesome!
    Enjoy your weekend Lindsay!
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  3. This is genius!!!! I am in love!
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) recently posted…Easy Caramel SauceMy Profile

  4. Dang girl! This is the perfect cookie cake!!

  5. So I’m kind of mad at you…WHY DIDN”T YOU CALL ME SO WE COULD WATCH D-ABBEY TOGETHER AND EAT THIS CAKE!!!!?!?! Obsessed and I recently just finished season 4 too, but I would have happily watched all the seasons again with you. 😀

    So this cookie cake looks amazing! I heart lemon and sugar cookies…together in giant cake form…well, that just sounds like bliss to me!
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  6. Yes!! Lemon cookie cake. Just…yes. There’s so little on TV and so little my husband will watch, we are re-watching West Wing. :)
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  7. cookie cakes are basically my favorite thing on the planet! love this!!
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  8. yum.. another awesome recipe! thanks for sharing. love the flavour combinations. definitely a recipe i will be recreating. thanks for the inspiration!
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  9. Lindsay, this is such a good dessert! Sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into a thick, sweet cookie cake! The lemon makes this extra fabulous!
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  10. I’ve been really enjoying cookie cakes lately. A lemon flavored one sounds perfect for summer! I can’t wait to try this :)
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  11. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to make it. LOVE lemon.
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