Lemon Shortbread Cookies

These are called “zandkoekjes” (sand cookies) in The Netherlands, because of their short crumb (and maybe because kids love the idea of eating sand…) The lemon gives them a bit more flavour. They are possibly the easiest cookies to make. I am not a fan of shortbread cookies, but I gifted these to a friend as part of a tea set (with the wonderful triple chocolate chip cookies, which are very likely my favourite cookies ever) and she did like them and asked for the recipe. So I do not have a picture of them either cause I found them unworthy. Apparently I was wrong… I regret to inform you that this happens occasionally. Don’t tell anybody please.


  • 100gr butter
  • 50gr sugar
  • 150gr flour
  • 1,5 tsp baking powder
  • zest of 1 small unwaxed lemon

Makes 16 small cookies


Combine all ingredients with a mixer with dough hooks. Roll it in a log and cut into 16 discs (cut the log in half, then each piece in half again, and each quarter into 4). Shape the pieces a bit, the dough tends to be crumbly. Place on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes on 180°C.
Serve with tea.