I’ve got a sweet and tangy treat to share with you today.
This quick lemon frosting adds a bright, tart flavor to my favorite grain-free sugar cookies, making them the perfect spring or summer treat. Loaded with healthy, satiating fats from coconut oil, and naturally sweetened with honey, this mouth-watering topping takes any baked good over the top–> without a sugar crash later.
Needless to say, these didn’t last long at our Easter potluck.
Quick Lemon Frosting
makes about a 1/4 cup
(enough to frost an entire batch of grain-free sugar cookies)
2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
zest of half a lemon
pinch of sea salt
Combine all the ingredients, then mix until smooth and creamy.
Note: If your frosting seems too runny, place the bowl in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes, then stir until evenly thickened. This frosting will melt at temperatures above 76F, so it’s not the best option for serving outdoors on a hot day…
Spread this tart frosting onto your favorite cookies or cupcakes, then chill for an hour, allowing the frosting to set.
Serve chilled or at room temperature, and enjoy!
Quick Lemon Frosting (Paleo-friendly)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil , softened
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- zest of half a lemon
- pinch of sea salt
- Combine all the ingredients, then mix until smooth and creamy.
- Spread onto your favorite cookies or cupcakes, then chill for an hour, allowing the frosting to set. (*note: this recipe produces enough frosting for one batch of my grain-free sugar cookies)
- Serve chilled or at room temperature, and enjoy!
Per Tablespoon: Calories: 92, Fat: 7g, Carbohydrates: 8g
It might be a good idea to make a double-batch. I wish I had leftovers!
Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite springtime dessert? Are you a fan of lemon-flavored treats?
Questions and Reviews
I love lemon! One of my favourite desserts is my Gran’s lemon meringue pie – mainly for the meringue part but I like the lemony bit too! I feel like this frosting could be used for tons of different things… and I want to swirl it into the yogurt I’m eating right now! Hope you had a great weekend Megan!
I just tried a lemon smoothie the other day and I loved it..tasted like a lemon cookie…I am looking forward to experimenting more with lemon! Love this simple recipe!! Have a great day!
What a perfect looking frosting recipe! Love it. I used to hate lemon flavoured things, but I’m starting to like them a lot more now!
i eat lemons raw, but I’m starting to experiment with sweet flavors-perfect icing recipe, by the way.
I love lemon, and this frosting is so tasty!
Can’t wait to try these! How long will it keep in the fridge?
I would think it would keep it in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container
I made a honey gingerbread cake recently, and this was the perfect topping for it. Thanks for the recipe!
Not sure what happened but mine completely failed. Some of my coconut oil was melted, and i used the eqiv (30/35ml) maple syrup instead of honey and the juics of half a lemon instead of the juice and zest and it looks nothing like your picture. It looks like separated coconut oil and honey and im 100% sure its unusable. Not sure what made it like that? Shame cos the frosting for the paleo/vegan lemon cookie recipe i had needed coconut butter/manna and im not sure where you get that in Paris and coconut oil is much easier to find. Looks like i need to find another recipe which will hopefully work.
Sorry to hear that! I think the thick honey is key in this recipe, otherwise there isn’t much to thicken it up. If you would like to try a recipe with coconut butter, you can make it yourself using a food processor. Here are the directions: https://detoxinista.com/how-to-make-coconut-butter/
It didn’t really work for me. I ended up with a soupy mess that smelled like oil. I just added a cup and a half of powdered sugar and 1/2 cup of milk and it turned out fine.
This is a life saver. I just put an extremely small amount of lemon extract (2-3 drops) in it as well and it brought a kick out of coconut lemon pound cake muffins I made. It helps when I find recipes with no refined sugar.