This easy lemon glaze is a basic icing used to glaze cookies, scones, cakes, and more! This is by far the easiest type of lemon icing to put together, with just three ingredients.

Lemon scones drizzled with lemon glaze

Lemon Glaze Recipe Overview

Lemon glaze, is a simple powdered sugar glaze, made by combining lemon juice and lemon zest with powdered sugar. This lemon glaze can be used to drizzle over pound cake, quick breads, cookies, and scones.

This easy lemon glaze is by far the quickest and easiest type of lemon icing. Powdered sugar is whisked together with lemon zest and lemon juice until it has a consistency that can be drizzled. After the glaze is used to ice baked goods, it forms a thin skin hardening the glaze.

How to Make Lemon Glaze

Lemon glaze can truly be made without a recipe by just adding some lemon juice bit by bit to powdered sugar until the desired consistency is reached. That said, I find it usually takes a ratio of 3-4 parts powdered sugar to 1 part lemon juice by volume to make a glaze that is thin enough to drizzle over baked goods.

Lemon glaze drizzling off a spoon

How to Use Lemon Glaze

Once your lemon glaze is made, it is best used within a few minutes. Drizzle the lemon glaze over scones, bundt cakes, or dip donuts in it to make lemon glazed donuts.

If you do not use the glaze immediately, a skin will start to form on top, hardening it. If this happens, warm it for about 15 seconds in the microwave and re-whisk the glaze to smooth it out.

What to Put Lemon Glaze On

Lemon scones drizzled with lemon glaze
Yield: About 1/2 Cup

Lemon Glaze for Scones, Cookies, and Cakes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

This is a simple powdered sugar lemon glaze that works well on scones, muffins, pound cakes, and cookies.


  • 1 cup (126 gr) powdered, confectioners, or icing sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2-4 TBSP (30-59 ml) lemon juice


  1. Whisk the ingredients together in a bowl until you have a consistency that can be drizzled. If it becomes too thin, you can add more powdered sugar to thicken it back up.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Allow to come back to room temperature and rewhisk before drizzling.