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Triple Citrus Cookies

The bright, happy flavors of these Triple Citrus Cookies are irresistible! Made with lemon, lime, and orange, these cookies are sure to brighten any day and satisfy your citrus cravings.

glazed Triple Citrus Cookies on a white plate with a lemon, lime, and orange in the background

Lime, Orange, and Lemon Cookies

Do you love citrus flavors? I admit it wasn’t my favorite in my younger years, but now I simply adore all things citrus. And these simple cookies offer a fresh, vibrant take on cookies with the addition of lemon, lime, and orange!

Not only is there plenty of citrus flavor in the cookies, but they’re also topped with a citrus glaze. Seriously, these cookies are a must-bake for citrus lovers!

Get your favorite zesting and juicing tools ready because you’re going to want to make these amazing cookies as soon as possible!

overhead view of Triple Citrus Cookies on a gold-rimmed white plate

Get ready to fall in love with these cookies! Here are just a few reasons you’ll love them:

  • Bright flavor. All that citrus flavor provides a burst of refreshing flavor that you’ll adore.
  • Easy to make. These cookies and their glaze are a cinch to make. Perfect for bakers of all skill levels!
  • Simple yet elegant. Besides the layered citrus flavors, the bits of zest in the cookies add an air of elegance. Add more zest on top of the glaze to make them even more eye-catching.
  • Versatile. Citrus and summer go hand in hand. But did you know that most citrus is actually in season during the winter? That bright flavor is a welcome reprieve from cold winter days.
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Notes on Ingredients

Let’s talk about the ingredients you’ll need to make these citrus cookies. Be sure to see the recipe card at the bottom of this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Lemon – You’ll need both zest and juice from all three fruits. Using medium-size fruits, you’ll need 1 or 2 lemons, 2 limes, and an orange. Learn more: How to Zest and Juice Lemons
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • All-purpose flour – Measure by weight or use the spoon and sweep method. Learn more: How to Measure Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter – Let the butter soften at room temperature until it holds a thumbprint when pressed but is still cool. Learn more: How to Soften Butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs – Set these out along with the butter. I recommend baking with large eggs.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Confectioners’ sugar – This is also called powdered sugar. For the smoothest glaze, sift the sugar first.

Can I Use Bottled Juice?

For the best flavor, use fresh juice. Not only does freshly squeezed taste better, but you’ll be skipping any additives in the bottled versions. However, if you do need to use bottled juice, you can use the same volume as you would for fresh. The same goes for zest; fresh is best.

stack of three Triple Citrus Cookies on a wire rack

How to Make Triple Citrus Cookies

These citrus cookies mix quickly and easily, making them a great anytime baking project. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Prepare for baking. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Prepare the zest and the juice. Zest the fruits, and then combine the juice in another bowl.

Combine the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Combine the wet ingredients. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy and lightened in color. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well after adding each. Mix in the vanilla.

Finish mixing. Gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with the juice mixture. Mix just until combined or a few small streaks of flour remain. Then fold in the citrus zest.

Portion and bake. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared pans, leaving about 2 inches between the cookies. Bake one pan at a time for 10 to 12 minutes. The edges should be light golden brown.

Cool. Let the cookies cool for 2 or 3 minutes on the pan, and then use the bottom of a glass to flatten them. Transfer the cookies from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely before adding the glaze.

Make the glaze. Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and the juices until smooth.

Finish the cookies. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies, or dip the top of each cookie into the glaze. If you like, sprinkle a bit more zest on top of the glazed cookies. Let the glaze set before serving or storing. That should take 15 to 20 minutes.

overhead view of glazed citrus sugar cookies on a wire rack

Tips for Success

Read through my cookie troubleshooting guide, and then follow these additional tips to help ensure cookie success!

  • Use fresh zest and juice. I talked about that above, but it bears repeating. All of that citrus is front and center here, so using fresh fruit will give you the best flavor.
  • Don’t over-mix. Too much mixing leads to tough cookies.
  • Cool the cookies before adding the glaze. If the cookies are too warm, the glaze will melt, so make sure to allow time for letting the cookies cool all the way to room temperature.
overhead view of a triple citrus cookie on a gray spatula

Ideas for Variations

You can easily change the proportions of lemon, lime, and orange in these cookies. Just keep the total amount of zest and juice consistent. For a simpler cookie, skip the glaze and enjoy these cookies unadorned or with just a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar.

overhead view of a pile of citrus cookies topped with one cookie with a bite missing

How to Store

After the glaze has set on the cookies, place them in an airtight container. Place waxed paper between layers if you aren’t storing them in a single layer. They should keep at room temperature up to 5 days, although they’ll be at their best within 2 or 3 days.

Can These Citrus Cookies Be Frozen?

Yes, you can freeze these cookies. For best results, freeze the cookies without the glaze. Place them in an airtight, freezer-safe container or bag. Properly stored, the cookies should keep in the freezer up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for a couple of hours before glazing.

You can also freeze the cookie dough to bake the cookies fresh later. Learn more: How to Freeze Cookie Dough

overhead view of Triple Citrus Cookies and lemon, lime, and orange slices on a marble surface

Triple Citrus Cookies

Yield about 36 cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes

These tender, chewy Triple Citrus Cookies are bursting with the bright flavors of lemon, lime, and orange!

several Triple Citrus Cookies served on a white plate


For the cookies:

  • Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Zest of 1 lime (about 2 teaspoons)
  • Zest of 1 orange (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 3 cups (360g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the glaze:

  • 2 cups (220g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • Zest of lemon, lime, and orange, for garnish (optional)


To make the cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Place the lemon zest, lime zest, and orange zest in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the lemon juice, lime juice, and orange juice. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then, mix in the vanilla extract.
  6. Gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with the citrus juice mixture. 
  7. Add the zests and fold in until well combined. The dough should be sticky but soft.
  8. Drop the dough by tablespoon-size portions onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between the cookies.
  9. Bake the cookies, one pan at a time, for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. 
  10. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes. Then press the tops with the bottom of a glass to flatten them while the cookies are still warm. Transfer them from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, lime juice, and orange juice until smooth and well combined.
  2. Once the cookies have completely cooled, drizzle or dip the tops of the cookies in the glaze. If you like, top each cookie with a sprinkle of citrus zest. Allow the glaze to set for about 15 to 20 minutes before serving or storing the cookies.

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    3 Comments on “Triple Citrus Cookies”

  1. Can I use just lemons for this recipe? I have a whole bag of lemons needing to be used.

  2. This looks so good! What a great combination of flavors!

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