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Lemon Goat Cheese Tea Cookies

Get this recipe for these tangy lemon goat cheese cookies that would be so lovely for an afternoon tea, a baby shower, or bridal brunch. These cookies are soft and delicate and highly addictive. 

Lemon Goat Cheese Cookies and a cup of tea

Life is going full speed ahead right now. It doesn’t matter if I’m ready or not. It is happening. And while it’s exciting, and stressful, and emotional, it has been hard to find time for the thing that calms me: baking. I will soon have lots of time to devote to it. But currently, I’m struggling.

Lemon Goat Cheese Cookies with a bite taken out and a cup of tea

Yesterday I was determined to make baking a priority. I wanted to make something dainty and delicate and pretty. Something to snack on with my tea. I knew lemon would be perfect but I didn’t want just plain lemon. So I wandered around the grocery store searching for it’s pair.

I don’t know if goat cheese and lemon sounds weird to you. It probably does if you are one of “those” people that doesn’t like goat cheese. I’m sorry, but I just don’t get you.

I get you if you don’t eat it because you are vegan, but just not liking it? I just can’t wrap my goat cheese lovin mind around it. BUT if you are one of “those” people, cream cheese would be a perfect substitute! And if you don’t like either of those things, just use all butter.

Lemon Goat Cheese Cookie on the rim of a cup of tea

These turned out so wonderfully tangy, soft, and moist. They are the perfect finger food for a bridal or baby shower or just for your own cup of tea! I bet these would also be awesome made with other citrus such as grapefruit, orange, or lime.

Lemon Goat Cheese Tea Cookies

Lemon Goat Cheese Tea Cookies

Get this recipe for these tangy lemon goat cheese cookies that would be so lovely for an afternoon tea, a baby shower, or bridal brunch. These cookies are soft and delicate and highly addictive. 


For the Cookie Dough

  • 6 oz (about 1 cup) goat cheese, soft
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, soft
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • zest and juice of 2 small lemons or 1 large
  • 21/4 cup flour
  • 3 oz goat cheese (about 1/2 cup), soft

For the Frosting

  • 3 oz goat cheese (about ½ cup), soft
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 31/2 cups powdered sugar
  • lemon zest for garnish


For the Cookies
    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the goat cheese, butter, and sugar until light and fluffy.
    3. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time until incorporated.
    4. Mix in the lemon juice and zest.
    5. Mix in the flour.
    6. Use a small scoop (about 1 TBSP) and drop rounded balls of dough onto cookie sheets.
    7. Bake for 7-8 minutes until set. Cookies should not brown and will not spread very much.
    8. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
For the Frosting
  1. Beat together the goat cheese and lemon juice until smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar in 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until incorporated. Add enough powdered sugar until it is thicker than a glaze but not quite a thick frosting.
  3. Frost cooled cookies and quickly add a bit of zest to each.
  4. Allow frosting to set.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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16 comments on “Lemon Goat Cheese Tea Cookies”

  1. There is nothing weird about goat cheese and lemon. These cookies look scrumptious!

  2. I never thought about using goat cheese in a cookie before! Love goat cheese. I totally get what you mean on life moving very fast and trying to find time to bake. If things go well this week, I will find myself in the same situation soon. Best of luck to you on whatever you are facing!

  3. Mmm I have never made goat cheese cookies before but these sound absolutely gorgeous!

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  6. I might as well stop lurking and say hi since this is the 4th cookie recipe of yours I’ve pinned! And right there with ya about goat cheese. Yum!

    • Thank you for saying “Hi” Laura! And thanks for pinning some cookies. I think those goat cheese ones are some of my favorites!

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  8. What is the yield from this recipe? Thanks!

  9. Two of my favorite things, lemons and goat cheese.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I won Best in Show in my offices annual cookie challenge. These are delicious and everyone loved them!

  10. Does anyone know if these turn out well using honey goat cheese?

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  12. For those of us pitiful folks that can’t have anything made from cow milk…even wonderful butter….will this work ok with that not so great margarine that doesn’t even have casein in it? boring stuff. But this is life now. I’m trying to find some happiness in it…lol

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  14. The recipe does not call for goat cheese in the frosting ingredients, but we are directed to stir in goat cheese for the frosting. How much?

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