Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

One bite and you will fall in love with the lemony deliciousness of these cream cheese cookies.


Lemon Cream Cheese Cookie Recipe from @createdbydiane



Cream Cheese makes everything better: I can hear my mom saying it now.

And she’s right, especially in this case.

Cream Cheese Frosting is always a huge favorite in our house and when it’s kicked up with a delicious lemon flavor, well… it’s irresistible to all.

Add that to these Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies and it’s a winner from every angle!

Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies and Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting @createdbydiane


These cookies are so fun, you can frost the tops of them or the bottoms, they remind me of toy tops when they are frosted on the bottoms and you can rim the edges with sprinkles.Frosting Cookie and Adding Sprinkles! @createdbydiane

It’s easier to edge the bottom of the cookies in sprinkles that it is the tops, just place the sprinkles in your hand or a large dish and roll the edge into the sprinkles after frosting the cookies and the sprinkles will press into the frosting nicely.



Ever wonder where all our delicious dairy products come from? I love all things dairy, milk, butter, cream, yogurt, cheese….and of course ice cream!

The Dairy Good Cookbook uses 113 great-tasting, easy-to-make recipes to shape a story worth celebrating – that of American’s dairy farmers who work hard to bring us delicious and versatile dairy foods!

The Dairy Good Cookbook reconnects people with the people who produce their food.

This book from dairy farmers and those who bring dairy products from around the world to your table to share wholesome dairy ingredients.

Dairy Cows


This is more than a cookbook, it’s full of gorgeous photos of dairy cows and profiles of farmers as they share their secret (and not so secret) stories, traditions and family recipes that have been passed down through generations.

The photos of the cows have me wishing I were right alongside of them, they are so peaceful and just look like they are enjoying the day.


Bourbon Sweet Potato Cheesecake from The Dairy Good Cookbook


There are so many delicious looking recipes in this book, and if I had to choose one to start with it may just have to be this Bourbon Sweet Potato Cheesecake. The name alone has me drooling and one glance at that photo…perfection!


Lemon Cream Cheese Cookie Dough @createdbydiane


One of my family’s favorites: cookies and these cream cheese cookies bake up beautifully. I use a 3 tablespoon scoop, which results in large cookies. Some days it’s go big or go home! Being able to head on down to my local grocery store to grab all our dairy favorites so easily has me feel so thankful for all the dairy families out there. Their hard work and dedications have us spoiled. Working on a farm is not easy and it often takes the whole family to get everything done. I was reading about the Lourenzo family from Tillamook, Oregon and hearing that their kids have chores and that they don’t always want to do them reminds me of my own kids. But that is what is so special about families, we may not like doing things but we do them anyway, for the good of the family. The Lourenzoes have Jersey cows and milk 450 of them every day; the milk from Jersey cows is generally higher in butterfat and protein, which can be made into cheese. I LOVE cheese and I bet I’d love living on a dairy farm, as long as I had lots of help!


Baked Lemon Cream Cheese cookies @createdbydiane

lemon cream cheese frosting in piping bag and in a jar

KEEP scrolling and be sure to print the lemon cream cheese frosting recipe too

Print Recipe
5 from 10 votes

Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

Servings: 18 cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature, not soft
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature, not soft
  • 1 teaspoon butter vanilla baking emulsion vanilla extract can be substituted but you'll be missing on some of the buttery flavor
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon baking emulsion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups flour


  • In mixer bowl, beat butter until it is light in color and smooth
  • Add in the cream cheese and mix until it's combined and smooth
  • Now add in the sugar and beat until all incorporated
  • Next, add in the flavorings and egg and mix on medium until combined
  • Lastly add in the baking powder, salt, and flour and mix on medium until the dough is well mixed.
  • Place 3 tablespoon sized scoops on parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 20-22 minutes, test a cookie with a toothpick to be sure it's not too moist inside if the cookies need another minute or two keep an eye on them, they should have a golden bottom and be pale in color on top.
  • This will result in a toasted outside and a creamy buttery inside.
  • Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet before transferring them.


Baking emulsions have less alcohol that extracts and the flavor does not bake away when they are heated. I prefer them and find the flavor difference is worth searching for the best flavorings when making homemade baked goods.



Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting @createdbydiane


This frosting is so creamy and delicious and is perfect on so many things, this recipe will cover these cookies and BONUS, you will have plenty if you want to make another batch of cookies, use it to top some cupcakes, dip some cookies into it or just eat it off a spoon, (not that I would know ANYONE who would do such a thing)


Print Recipe
5 from 10 votes

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon heavy cream this is what makes for a super creamy whipped consistency
  • 1 teaspoon lemon baking emulsion extract can be substituted
  • 1 drop egg yellow coloring


  • In mixer bowl beat butter and cream cheese until smooth
  • Add in sugar, heavy cream and flavor and coloring and mix on high until it's smooth creamy.


I frosted the Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies with a #25 frosting tip



Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting @createdbydiane

Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies @createdbydiane



  1. These cookies look so moist! I love the idea of using cream cheese in them. And that frosting! YUM! Definitely making that soon! The cookbook sounds like one that I need to add to my collection! My favorite dairy recipe that has been handed down in my family is an apple crisp that requires vanilla ice cream! YUM!

  2. 5 stars
    These are just wonderful. I love the idea of cream cheese in cookies. Lemon is a favorite of mine, so the cookies are really special!

  3. Lasagna and Baked Ziti celebrate my love of dairy. My dad’s side of the family is Italian and he always made these dishes for our occasions. I now make these dishes for our special events because they are delicious and feed a lot of people.

  4. 5 stars
    My Mom made the best Hush Puppies when I was growing up. She got the recipe from her Mom, and I also made them when I was growing up, and now make them with my daughter! We use buttermilk in my Hush Puppies, and they are so delicious!

  5. We make the most delicious homemade ice cream shakes after church on Sundays in the summer .

  6. What gorgeous cookies—almost too pretty to eat, but I know I’d cave and go for it! This is one terrific cookbook!

  7. These cookies look great! Growing up, my grandma lived in Georgia and when I was little, the first recipe she taught me to make was cheesy mashed potatoes with whole milk. We make these potatoes every Christmas in honor of her. Over the years, our family has modified the recipe by adding bacon or garlic to the potatoes, but they are still as cheesy as ever. We now call these potatoes Granny Potatoes!!

  8. My mom’s turkey meat lasagna is a recipe that we’ve enjoyed for years. When I got married, she included the recipe in a box for me to try out in my new home.

  9. One of our family favorite recipes is stuffed pasta shells. I got this recipe clear back in high school in a food service class and to this day the whole family still makes them.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  10. 5 stars
    We love to make pierogies, the potato and cheese flavor. Always a family classic recipe that has been apart of several family dinners over the years, it is our special recipe.

  11. I make a cake with a cream puff crust, pudding and cream cheese filling and whipped topping and drizzled with milk chocolate

  12. 5 stars
    This recipe celebrates our love for dairy and includes cows milk and cheese. We found it online and we love to have it on Sunday mornings a few times a month. These breakfast meals are meaningful to us because we enjoy a wonderful meal together and great family time. bacon and eggs casserole recipe
    4 bacon strips
    18 eggs
    1 cup milk
    1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
    1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
    1/4 cup sliced green onions
    1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towel to drain.
    In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, cheese, sour cream, onions, salt and pepper.
    Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Crumble bacon and sprinkle on top. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes. Yield: 8-10 servings.

  13. More a method than recipe – I make Chicago style pizza with extra extra cheese, for my husband, who grew up in Chicago and misses the food there sometimes.

  14. We always have sweet potato gratin for holiday get-together. It is a family tradition dish that has been passed down through the generations. I still remember being a little helper working on this dish in the kitchen with my grandmother.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  15. A dish that has meaning for me is cauliflower au gratin. It was the first recipe I ever made by myself, and my parents loved it!

  16. A dish I have always loved was cheese stuffed Italian shells. My mom always used cottage cheese instead of ricotta. I liked it so much, I would request it for my birthday dinner as a kid!


  17. I grew up in Hong Kong and one of the famous dessert is custard tart. The silky custard is made with whole milks, eggs, sugar; all baked in a buttery crust. My Aunt make this tart every year at our Christmas family gathering and I make it for my kids from time to time at home. It’s probably my favorite dessert to enjoy.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  18. 5 stars
    A recipe that has been passed down to me in my family is ham & cheese crepes, they are just so delicious and can be frozen!
    Recipe as follows
    • 2/3 cup cold water
    • 2/3 cup plus 4 to 6 tablespoons cold milk, divided
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt

    • 1 to 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 8 thin slices deli ham
    • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

    • • In a blender, combine the water, 2/3 cup of milk, flour, eggs, butter and salt. Cover and process until smooth. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Add remaining milk if batter is too thick.
    • • Heat a lightly greased 8-in. nonstick skillet over medium heat; pour 3 tablespoons batter into the center of skillet. Lift and tilt pan to coat bottom evenly. Cook until top appears dry; turn and cook 15-20 seconds longer. Remove to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter, greasing skillet as needed. When cool, stack crepes with waxed paper or paper towels in between. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Yield: 16 crepes.
    • • To use frozen crepes: Thaw 8 crepes in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Spread each with mustard; top with a slice of ham and sprinkle with cheese. Roll up tightly.
    • • Place in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 10-14 minutes or until heated through.

  19. My whole family loves cherry cheese pie. I am the one who started making it years ago, and now we can hardly have a holiday (or go to a potluck) without it!

  20. We have a cream cheese pound cake recipe that has become a family standard and favorite. My dad was first to make it and I also make it on occasion. This super rich cake has a whopping 6 eggs in it and 2 full sticks of butter! As kids, my siblings and I loved this cake and now our chilren have grown to love it as well to the point that they fight over who’s going to get the last piece.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  21. I make scones with milk or cream as a yummy breakfast treat. My friends request them when they visit now! It’s my go-to dish for brunch.

  22. When I was a kid, I used to help my grandma cook and bake a lot. I learned so much from her! One of her best, and my favorite, recipes was for her creamy wild rice soup. Heavy cream and milk made it so creamy and delicious!

  23. My favorite would have to be my mom’s pumpkin cheesecake! She includes it at every holiday meal, and it is something everyone looks forward to.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  24. I have a delicious recipe for ham and potato soup that a friend gave to me. It is very easy and the great thing about it is that you can add additional ingredients, more ham, potatoes, etc and it still turns out great.

    Combine 3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes, 1/3 cup diced celery, 1/3 cup finely chopped onion, 3/4 cup diced cooked ham and 3 1/4 cups water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules, salt and pepper to taste. In a separate saucepan, melt 5 tablespoons butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in 5 tablespoons all purpose flour with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in 2 cups milk as not to allow lumps. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately.

  25. 5 stars
    My dish would be lasagna with ricotta cheese. My grandma used to make this on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. Although she passed away 5 years ago, it reminds me so much of the great family celebrations we had with her when she still was alive. I still make her recipe on birthdays.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  26. Mom always made a special frosting for her German Chocolate cake that used milk, sugar, flour and butter. We always thought it was a family recipe until I found it online. Now we laugh about our secret “family” recipe.

  27. We love making Pimiento cheese dip. Every year when the family gets together someone from the family makes the dip and adds their special touch to it.

  28. When I lived in Wisconsin, we visited the Wisconsin State Fair every year primarily for the cream puffs that were served in the dairy building. Cream puffs filled with sweetened whipped cream, and dusted with confectioner’s sugar-simply the best!

  29. We have a meal that is called white sauce meal that we have passed down through generations.

  30. I love dairy in anything! but my very favorite way to have it is in a milkshake!! Any and all flavors. I just LOVE milkshakes 🙂 this is special to me because it was always a special treat that my mom would make or that we’d get when we’d go out together 🙂

  31. My mom cooked the basics for my dad…meat and potatoes, nothing special or fancy. At some point as I got older, I became the mashed potato maker at thanksgiving. Everyone said how they liked my potatoes (perhaps in was the work involved in peeling and mashing that no one else wanted to do, or perhaps it was the addition of just the right amount of milk and butter. So, still nothing fancy and for about 40 years now, my specialty remains mashed potatoes.

  32. For every special occasion my family requests my mini chocolate cheesecakes with cherries. I taught my daughter-in-law how to make them and now her family requests them also.

  33. We love to make cheesecake and the recipe has been passed down from my great grand mother through the generations.

  34. my favorite dairy recipe that is passed down from my family is my grandma’s creamy cottage cheese and we make this every fourth of July for breakfast

  35. Creamy chicken tortilla soup is a favorite in my family. It actually didn’t get passed down, but rather passed up. (My parents started making it after they tasted mine!)

  36. My cajun chicken pasta is my favorite and it started with me and will definitely be handed down

  37. It’s always tradition for thanksgiving for my grandmother to prepare homemade macaroni and cheese using different cheeses shredded and grated and milk

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  38. One of our family’s favorite recipes is great-grandma’s champurrado (mexican hot chocolate). It’s tradition to drink it during Christmas season

  39. My son’s favorite food is mac & cheese. I found a recipe for mac & cheese & chicken muffins that I modified to make into JUST mac & cheese. Very simple, very delicious, and according to my son “even better than Applebees!” Here it is – 8 oz macaroni cooked and drained, 1 T butter melted, whisk in 1 T flour and a 1 t. salt. Cook 1 min. Whisk in 1.5 cups of whole milk, bring to boil and simmer 3 minutes. Turn off heat and mix in 1 cup of shredded or cubed white cheddar and .25 cup of shredded parm. I like to add steamed broccoli but it’s perfect without it too.

  40. I have very fond memories of the first time I made my extra sharp cheddar and beer fondue. I was throwing my first ever NYE party in my very first house as an adult. I was surrounded by all of my closest friends and the memory makes me tear up a bit actually.

  41. My mother’s homemade baked macaroni and cheese topped with whole plum tomatoes that I loved while growing and now is our family favorite.

  42. My favorite is a sour cream cheese potato casserole that my Grandmother cooked often. We still fix one every now and then.

  43. one of my kids fav dishes is a taco dip made with cottage cheese and cream cheese , now they make it for there family

  44. Homemade pizza stone pizza with a mozzarella filled crust and loaded with lots of cheese. My kids enjoy learning how it’s done and eating the results.

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