Being serious lemon lovers, we share our recipe for lemon shortbread stars. The shortbread is super soft and crumbly, while the cornmeal and lemon zest add a little texture! We decorated the stars with a simple lemon glaze and gold sprinkles. Packaged in our cute printable treat bags, these soft, buttery biscuits are a wonderful homemade Christmas present. You can download treat bags we used for this project at the end of the post.

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  • kitchen scale or measuring cups and spoons
  • large and small mixing bowls
  • sieve
  • electric mixer
  • lemon zester
  • non-stick baking mat
  • rolling pin
  • 5 cm (2 in) star cookie cutter
  • baking tray (sheet)
  • oven mitts or kitchen towel
  • cooling rack
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Assemble the treat bag

You need

heavy card-stock or photo paper, printable treat bag, decorative pattern and ornaments (download below), scissors, metal ruler, bone folder, clothes peg (pin), gold glitter washi tape, printable ornaments

You do
Print the treat bag on DIN A4 or US letter size photo paper or card stock. Print the decorative pattern on the back of the bag. Cut out the bag following the grey lines. Score and fold the bag with the bone folder. You can also do this step freehand. Fold the box into a bag.

Add the biscuits into a cellophane treat bag, place inside the treat bag and close the treat bag with a small clothes peg (pin) and a printable oranments. We also applied gold washi tape to the clothes peg (pin) to add a little more sparkle.

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Shelf life & storage

You can keep the lemon shortbread stars in an airtight container at room temperature for two weeks or store the undecorated biscuits in the freezer for up to two months.

Yield: 40-50 cookies

Lemon Shortbread Stars Recipe

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The shortbread is super soft and crumbly, while the cornmeal and lemon zest add a little texture! We decorated the stars with a simple lemon glaze and gold sprinkles. You can easily replace the lemons with oranges, lime, vanilla or mix different citrus fruits.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


Shortbread Dough

  • 170 g (3/4 cup / 1 1/2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 65 g (1/3 cup) granulated sugar
  • 190 g (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour, sifted and some extra for dusting
  • 40 g (1/4 cup) yellow cornmeal, not cornflour (see tip)
  • lemon oil
  • the finely grated zest of 1 organic lemon


  • 1 cup powdered (icing/confectioner’s) sugar
  • 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • edible gold glitter (optional)


  1. Mix the butter and sugar. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, lemon zest and lemon oil with electric mixer until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add the flours. Gently stir in the flour and cornmeal until just combined.
  3. Chill the dough. Pat the dough into flat disk with the palm of your hands, wrap the disk in cling film (saran/plastic wrap) and chill in the fridge for an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven. While the dough is chilling preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F / gas mark 2) and line to baking trays with baking paper or wax paper.
  5. Make and bake the stars. Place the dough on a non-stick baking mat, sprinkle the disk and the rolling pin lightly with flour and roll until 1/2 cm (1/4 in) thick. This dough is too soft to transfer it, so we need to cut out the biscuits directly on the mat. To avoid sticking, dip a biscuit cutter in flour, then cut out individual stars and remove the excess dough. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes and allow to cool for 1 hour.
  6. Glaze the stars. To make the glaze, stir together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Dip the biscuits into the glaze and sprinkle them with a little edible gold glitter. Put them back on the wire rack and let dry until the glaze has set.

Free Printable Treat Bag

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