Mailanderli (Swiss Buttery Lemon Cookies)

Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a traditional Swiss recipe for Mailanderli, delicate lemon-flavored butter cookies, that is popular in many cantons throughout Switzerland. It's a pretty standard recipe, and you'll find this very same recipe on many international cooking websites.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, vanilla, and lemon zest, and mix well. Gradually add flour while stirring. Chill.
  3. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness, and cut into desired shapes.
  4. Beat remaining egg, and brush each cookie with the beaten egg. Place cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 20-24 minutes or until lightly golden.