Linoncello Biscuits

nyonya, recipe, easy, Chinese, Straits born


I bought some limoncello some time ago and I remembered that I should use it up. I tried having limoncello with coffee after dinner in an Italian restaurant and I absolutely loved it. So now I have a bottle of it and I want to do something with it, rather than just drink it all.

After some research, I managed to bake this. It tastes like shortbread and is very light (or short, as the people here call it).

It is very simple to make. On the day I made it, the weather was very hot, about 30C. The dough is very soft so you need to handle it quickly, and it would help if you put the dough in the fridge for a few minutes before rolling it into a log.

Quick Info:

Yields : 25-35 biscuits
Difficulty: easy
Cost: ££
Time: 40 mins to prep and bake.

Extra time for cooling in fridge


180g   Unsalted butter at room temperature
180g   Caster sugar
250g   Plain flour
2 tbsp Lemon zest
3 tbsp Limoncello (Italian liqueur)
¼ tsp  Salt


60g   Icing sugar
3 tsp  Limoncello

A few drops yellow food colour ( optional).


  1. Cream the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Sift the flour and stir in the mixture, together with the lemon zest, limoncello and salt.
  3. Tip the mixture out and roll into a log about 3cm wide and 28cm long. It is easier of you use cling wrap to roll.
  4. Wrap in cling film and chill for a few hours.
  5. When ready, preheat the oven to Gas Mk4 or 180C.
  6. Remove from fridge and unwrap and cut into small discs about ½ to ¾ cm thick.  I used a thread to cut.
  7. Line a baking sheet with non-stick parchment. Place the discs on the sheet leaving some space in between.
  8. Bake for around 20 minutes or until the bottom just begin to brown.
  9. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
lemon, Hari Raya, Eid, cookies, festive,

The rolled up log, ready to chill.


To ice:

  1. Mix the icing sugar with the limoncello and a few drops of the food colour, if using.
  2. When the biscuits are cooled, spread or drizzle the glaze over the biscuits making patterns.
  3. Let the glaze set and enjoy with a cup of coffee.

Iced biscuits.


Icing, Lemon, limoncello, festive,

Biscuits with the icing.


Limoncello Cookies, butter,Christmas, Chinese New year,

All stacked up and ready to serve.

I hope you like this biscuit, or, cookies, as the Americans call it.

Note: the biscuit itself is not too sweet. It will taste sweet with the icing/glaze.

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Have a great day and your likes and shares will put a smile on my face.

Penang Lassie.


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