Meyer Lemon Cut-Out Sugar Cookies (No Chill)

Spring break + Cloudy, dreary day + Cutesie, unused cookie cutters =
Meyer Lemon Cut- Out Sugar Cookies

BIG BONUS in this recipe… no waiting! You do not have to chill the sugar cookie dough before you roll and cut! The dough is very easy to work with- if too sticky just add a bit more flour, and it’s able to take rolling and re-rolling without getting dry and worn out.

The Meyer Lemons give these cookies just a tinge of lemony flavor. If you don’t wish to use Meyers, I wouldn’t sub regular lemons (too tart), but you can skip the juice & zest in the recipe and sub vanilla or almond extract in its place.
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I made a double batch of Martha Stewart’s Royal Icing recipe for my decor icing. The only special ingredient you need for that is Meringue Powder, which you can find at Michael’s (or baking stores). It’s so easy to make if you have a stand mixer. If not, you can use this one instead (which does not require either meringue powder or a stand mixer!)
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I used ‘gel-paste coloring’ to tint my icing. If you’re a frequent baker and you don’t have any of these, you should think about getting them (again, Michael’s or a baking store). There are so many cute colors, and just a tiny little bit will give you the color you need. They last forever.  You can certainly use regular food coloring instead if you don’t have gel-paste.
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I got out a bunch of little plastic containers w/ lids, divided the icing between them and tinted my colors in those. For icing, I used the little zip snack bags (nothing fancy!) Just put the tinted icing in the baggie and very carefully snipped of the very tip of the baggie & squeezed away.
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I used the squeeze baggie to do all of the edging on the cookies, then set it aside and spooned the icing from the container on top to ‘flood’ the center of the cookie. You have to keep the icing covered or it begins to dry out and get too thick. If it’s too thick, just thin it out with a few added drips of water. After I had all of my cookies flooded with their base color, I used my squeeze baggies to do all of the decor and added a few sprinkles here and there.
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Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring!

This recipe can be found HERE.

Note:  I’m lucky enough to have a Meyer Lemon tree, but sadly it isn’t producing any gems yet.  The Meyer Lemons in this recipe were found at Specialty Produce

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54 Responses to “Meyer Lemon Cut-Out Sugar Cookies (No Chill)”

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    Medini — April 9, 2009 @ 6:09 AM

    Love the Carrots too! Happy Easter to you and your fam!

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    Maria — April 9, 2009 @ 5:29 AM

    Those are the cutest cookies ever! I love them all! You have great patience:) Happy Spring and Easter!

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    Jeff — April 9, 2009 @ 5:30 AM

    I love you. I have been staring at 6 meyer lemons going what I am going to do with you. I promised my mom I would bring some sort of dessert for Easter dinner. Tada two bird killed with 1 stone.

    Nice decorating job too!

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    Judy — April 9, 2009 @ 5:33 AM

    Those are beautiful!!!

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    Jenny — April 9, 2009 @ 5:40 AM

    So cute Lori! They look very professional, nice job!

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    RobinSue — April 9, 2009 @ 5:48 AM

    I go away a few days and this is what I come back too! Beautiful cookies galore! Makes coming off vacation so nice when I have places like your blog to visit. You are so creative! I wish I could get more Meyer lemons here. I had one for the first time ever this spring and they are so good.

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    Lori — April 9, 2009 @ 6:05 AM

    These are so beautiful and festive. The carrots are my favorite. They all definitely have me in the mood for Easter. So glad to know about that icing recipe. I have the hardest time finding a good one that works well for decorating cookies. Thanks!

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    Kara — April 9, 2009 @ 6:14 AM

    SO super cute. I only wish I had the patience to decorate sugar cookies… yours are making me consider it.

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    Kathy - Cooking On the Side — April 9, 2009 @ 6:15 AM

    SO cute and cheery! I love the colors too.

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    kellypea — April 9, 2009 @ 7:53 AM

    These turned out VERY nicely. So cheerful it makes me *almost* want to run downstairs to do some myself. But it’s a different task when your kids are all grown. Thanks for sharing — I love the [dot] com one! ; )

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    Eliana — April 9, 2009 @ 7:12 AM

    These are super cute. Youa re so talented.

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    Sara — April 9, 2009 @ 7:24 AM

    Adorable!! They look so good and cute. I like the carrots. :)

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    Barbara — April 9, 2009 @ 9:33 AM

    These are gorgeous! You could sell these and make a fortune!

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    dawn — April 9, 2009 @ 9:39 AM

    when I finally move back to cali, I would love to come over to your house and have you teach me how to decorate cakes & cookies–truly you are a pro at it.

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    Vickie — April 9, 2009 @ 9:42 AM

    What precious cookies!!! Wish I could reach out and grab a dozen or two/ha

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    The Duo Dishes — April 9, 2009 @ 10:11 AM

    No chill you say? We like that. Your cookies are honestly almost too perfect to eat. They look great.

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    Daziano — April 9, 2009 @ 12:05 PM

    Loved the carrots!!!

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    Bunny — April 9, 2009 @ 12:20 PM

    I LOVE the pastel colors you made, these cookies are adorable!!

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    snooky doodle — April 9, 2009 @ 12:43 PM

    how cute! These are adorable especially if made in company :)

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    anna — April 9, 2009 @ 2:02 PM

    Those are so cute! I love the bunny.

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    Kerstin — April 9, 2009 @ 3:26 PM

    Your cookies are super cute and I love that they’re flavored with lemon! Thanks for the tip about the gel-paste coloring – I’m going to see if I can find them!

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    Kim, ORMG — April 9, 2009 @ 3:30 PM

    These cookies are just darling! Oh it makes me want to make some now since Easter’s coming!

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    Ari (BakingandBooks) — April 9, 2009 @ 3:38 PM

    Beautiful cookies! The one with the bunny on it is my favorite. :)

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    Elyse — April 9, 2009 @ 4:03 PM

    Wow, these cookies look fantastic!! Perfect Easter cookies. And I love that the dough doesn’t have to chill! So glad that those cookie cutters got some use.

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    patsyk — April 9, 2009 @ 4:50 PM

    Those have to be the cutest cookies ever!

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    Laurie — April 9, 2009 @ 5:41 PM

    These are beautiful and perfectly decorated!

    I was trying to find an email address for you to share some of my woe’s and successes with cannoli’s. :) Temperature of oil is key when frying shells. The bigger tubes are much easier to work with than the small ones. Filling is the easiest and tastiest part of the whole process as long as you have all your ingredients ready. I love the traditional Sicilian filling, I can’t wait to see what you do! :) Email me if you have any questions and have a blast!

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    Leslie Green — April 9, 2009 @ 5:53 PM

    A-freakin-dorable!!!!

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    Ivy — April 9, 2009 @ 7:49 PM

    These cookies are all so beautiful. Happy Easter.

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    Jenns Baking Chamber — April 9, 2009 @ 7:54 PM

    Those are so adorable, I love easter treats

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    Laura — April 9, 2009 @ 7:57 PM

    Wow you decorated those nicely. I have fun for the kids but I kind of yearn for the day I can sit down and decorate the way I want to!

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    Cindy — April 9, 2009 @ 11:16 PM

    I love the cookies! They are almost too pretty to eat! YUM!

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    HoneyB — April 10, 2009 @ 1:39 AM

    So pretty!

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    Amanda — April 10, 2009 @ 3:06 AM

    These are so festive and pretty!!

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    VeggieGirl — April 10, 2009 @ 4:10 AM

    NO NEED TO WAIT FOR THE DOUGH TO CHILL?!?!???! Best recipe ever then :-D

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    Janet — April 10, 2009 @ 7:35 AM

    OMG, now these are adorable! I can’t wait to see your cannoli’s- those are my favorite “Sunday with coffee treat!” Have you ever seen this blog, by Michele Scicolone? Her Easter pies are amazing looking! http://michelescicolone.com/2009/04/01/pastiera-di-grano/

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    Katie — April 10, 2009 @ 8:39 AM

    I think these will be in order for the weekend! 4 yr old loves cookie decorating!

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    redmeance — April 10, 2009 @ 8:55 AM

    These are just about the cutest cookies I’ve seen. The people who receive them are very lucky!

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    ChefBliss — April 10, 2009 @ 9:23 AM

    These look wonderful! I love Meyer lemons and sugar cookies — you have just created heaven for me!! :)

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    stephchows — April 10, 2009 @ 10:34 AM

    Your cookies look so beautiful!!! Mmmm I’m totally craving them now :)

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    Shari — April 10, 2009 @ 11:01 AM

    Looks like a lot of fun (and work!)!!

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    Lynn — April 10, 2009 @ 11:27 AM

    Beautiful! You have mad, hot decorating skills- I’m jealous. Thanks for sharing the recipe; I have Meyer lemons hibernating in my refrigerator.

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    Kevin — April 10, 2009 @ 2:37 PM

    Great looking Easter cookies!

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    Katrina — April 10, 2009 @ 3:42 PM

    Oh I usually always make sugar cookies for Easter and haven’t yet. Sigh. Spring cookies, there you go. I can still do it! These look awesome.

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    southern hostess — April 10, 2009 @ 5:45 PM

    These are awesome! Love those carrots!

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    CookiePie — April 10, 2009 @ 5:59 PM

    What lovely cookies! They look so perfect!

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    Psychgrad — April 10, 2009 @ 9:49 PM

    Very cute! Actually, I found myer lemons for the first time recently. I think they’ve just come to my city because I have looked for them before.

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    Donna — April 11, 2009 @ 4:21 AM

    A no chill cut out dough, have got to try this one.. you decorated them beautifully..

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    Veron — April 11, 2009 @ 8:59 AM

    How adorable – such lovely colors! Happy Easter to you!

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    food librarian — April 17, 2009 @ 11:20 AM

    Wow! These look so lovely! I love all your decorations!

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    Elle — November 4, 2009 @ 3:05 PM

    I baked these cookies today for a bridal shower this friday. I just used a wedding dree cut out shape instead. Such a great flavor! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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    Sandra's Easy Cookin — April 18, 2011 @ 6:07 PM

    So cute and beautiful cookies! you have some great skills to do so carefully! Nicely done and awesome photos, thanks for sharing!

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    Bridgett — April 18, 2011 @ 6:33 PM

    Oh goodness, these are darling! You must have incredible patience. The meyer lemon sounds incredible and gives me a great idea what to do with all the ones ripening on my tree.

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    Lori@FakeFoodFree — April 19, 2011 @ 5:35 AM

    I’ve had cut-outs on my mind all week. I must make some for Easter! So glad to have this recipe. Yours look lovely. I have two dwarf Meyer Lemon trees and I’m patiently waiting for them to start bearing fruit. I can’t wait!

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    Jenny Flake — April 19, 2011 @ 6:35 AM

    Wow, so pretty Lori! They look like professional cookies, nice job!!