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A stack of Nordic Lemon Wafers on a marble surface next to a glass of milk.

Nordic Lemon Wafers

The perfect lemon cookie for afternoon fika...buttery and tender with just the right amount of lemon flavor and covered in a light cream cheese glaze to finish things off just right.
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Course: Fika, Snack
Cuisine: Nordic, Scandinavian
Keyword: easy wafer recipe, homemade wafers, lemon wafers recipe
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 11 minutes
Servings: 50 cookies
Calories: 54kcal
Author: Kristi


  • Rolling Pin
  • 2- 2 ¼ inch round cookie cutter, preferably with a scalloped edge
  • Dough scraper


  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly sqeezed lemon juice
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon extract


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt


  • Whisk flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder and baking soda together in a medium bowl.  Set aside.
  • Combine butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Mix on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Add lemon juice, egg yolk and lemon extract and mix until fully combined. Reduce speed to low and slowly add dry ingredients until dough just comes together.
  • Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and press into a 6 inch disk.  Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Remove the dough round from the fridge. If it has been in there awhile, it may be really firm and need to warm up slightly before you can start rolling. Divide the dough into 2 pieces and dust a clean work surface with flour.
  • Working with one piece of dough at a time, dust the top of the dough with flour and roll with a rolling pin until it is between ¼ and ⅛ inch thick. Add more flour as necessary to prevent the dough from sticking to the counter or the rolling pin. Cut round shapes using a 2-2 ¼ inch cookie cutter, preferably one with a scalloped edge. Carefully transfer the unbaked cookies from the counter top to the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes or until cookies are almost beginning to brown on the edges.  Cool slightly on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire baking rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough, gathering and re-rolling scraps as needed.
  • Once cookies have cooled to room temperature, whisk glaze ingredients together.  Using a small spoon, top each cookie with a tiny dollop of glaze and spread with the back of the spoon. Allow glaze to dry before serving, at least 15 minutes.


These cookies freeze nicely, especially if you hold off on glazing until right before you eat them.
Adapted from The Perfect Cookie by America’s Test Kitchen


Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg