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Lemon Bar Cookie Cups Recipe with the Best Sugar Cookie Mix featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

Lemon Bar Cookie Cups Recipe

Sugar cookie mix is transformed into the cookie cup for the quick lemon filling. These Lemon Bar Cookie Cups are sure to be a family favorite forever.

Course Dessert
Keyword lemon bar cookie cups
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 36 cookie cups


Sugar Cookie Cup

  • 1-17.5 oz. pkg. Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter {softened}
  • 1 egg

Lemon Bar Filling

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon zest


  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar


Sugar Cookie Cup

  1. Combine sugar cookie mix, 1 stick of softened butter and egg with a hand held mixer {or by hand} until you have a thick dough.

  2. Generously spray each cup of the mini muffin tin. Use a small cookie scoop and scoop a mound of dough into each cup. Press the top of the mound down slightly with your fingers so that you have a level top.

  3. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately run a knife around the edge of each cookie to loosen them. Once the cookies are loose, take a tart shaper and create an indentation into the middle of each cookie.

  4. Allow the cookies to cool and bake the remainder of the dough.

Quick Lemon Filling

  1. In a medium sauce pan, cream together the butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and mix until well combined. Add lemon juice and lemon zest, continue to whisk until totally combined. Turn the burner on over medium heat and whisk until it is smooth and thick.

  2. Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet and spread out into an even layer so that it cools quickly. Once cooled, spoon a teaspoon {or so} into each cookie cup. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and lemon zest before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 4 days.