Delight in the zesty essence of these homemade vegan lemon shortbread cookies, a harmonious fusion of citrus and buttery sweetness. Crafted with vegan butter, powdered sugar, and a vibrant burst of lemon zest and juice, these cookies encapsulate a sunny, tangy flavor in each bite. The velvety texture of shortbread offers a gentle crumble that melts in your mouth, delivering a satisfyingly subtle crunch. Baked to a golden hue, these treats present a delightful balance of tartness and sweetness, inviting you to revel in the simplicity of a classic cookie, now transformed into a vegan-friendly delight. Savor the refreshing zest of lemon and the comforting richness of shortbread, making these cookies a delightful addition to any occasion or a serene moment of personal indulgence.


  • 1 cup vegan butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Zest of 1-2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: Additional powdered sugar for dusting


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened vegan butter and powdered sugar until well combined.
  2. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice to the butter-sugar mixture. Mix until incorporated.
  3. Gradually add the all-purpose flour and a pinch of salt to the bowl, mixing until a dough forms. If the dough feels too sticky, you can refrigerate it for about 30 minutes to make it easier to handle.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Roll the dough into small balls or shape it into rounds and place them on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them apart.
  6. Gently flatten each ball with a fork or the bottom of a glass to create a cookie shape.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 12-15 minutes or until the edges of the cookies start to turn golden.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Optional: Dust the cooled cookies with powdered sugar for added sweetness and decoration.

Nutritional Information (approximate, per serving, assuming 12 cookies per batch):

  • Calories: Around 150-180 calories per cookie
  • Total Fat: Approximately 10-12g
  • Saturated Fat: Around 6-8g
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 15-20g
  • Dietary Fiber: Around 1g
  • Sugars: Approximately 5-8g
  • Protein: Around 1-2g