Homemade Lemon Iced Gems – Bake of the Week

homemade iced gems recipe

We eat biscuits like they are going out of fashion in this house. A packet can disappear in instants. I’ve really cut down though on how many biscuits we buy this year. I’d much rather bake the biscuits so we know exactly what the girls are eating.

These Homemade Lemon Iced Gems go down really well – plus they are super cute and oh so summery! They are so dinky that even the most calorie conscious guest cannot refuse one (or maybe more!)

The sugar cookie recipe is one of my upmost favourites. It can be halved or doubled easily and is so adaptable – Any shapes of cookies are possible and the consistency is just right for icing on. These biscuits are great for freezing (without the icing) both cooked and the dough before cooking. At the risk of sounding like Nigella, I ALWAYS have a supply of dough ready in the freezer for emergencies. Everyone has biscuit related emergencies?

If you are not so keen on the lemony taste, you can omit it for vanilla extract or even almond.

Lemon Iced Gems

Serves 10+
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 14 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 14 minutes
Meal type Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party
Super cute little lemon sugar cookies with a tangy icing top


  • 3oz Butter
  • 2oz Caster Sugar
  • 1 Medium Egg
  • Juice & rind of 1 lemon
  • 6oz Plain Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 50g Royal Icing powder
  • 2 tablespoons Water (approx)
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Curd
  • 1 tablespoon Boiling Water


  • Yellow Food Colouring


The Biscuits
Preheat the oven to 180C and line 2 baking trays
Using an electric whisk, beat together the sugar and the butter until pale and fluffy
Beat the egg and add gradually, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Add 1/2 of the lemon juice.
Add the flour and baking powder, one spoonful at a time.
Pour out onto a lightly floured surface and bring together in a dough.
Separate into 2 or 3 balls of dough and wrap in cling film. Refridgerate for at 30 mins.
Remove the dough, one ball at a time and roll out. Cut out using a really small circle cutter, the size that you want the biscuits to be. I collect round objects that can be used as various sized cutters - Fruit Shoot lids & Cocktail Stick tubs are good.
The Biscuits.
Tip: Keep covering the cutter with flour - it will make the dough press out easier. I get at least 80 biscuits from this mixture but this will depend on the size of your cutter.
The Biscuits
Arrange with a 1/2cm gap between biscuits on a baking tray and freeze for 15 minutes.
Bake for at least 14 minutes - you may want to swap the trays around in the oven for an even bake after 10 minutes.
Remove when the biscuits are golden and leave to cool on a wire rack.
The Icing
I use packet Royal Icing - I know its cheating but I don't like my girls eating raw egg plus I can moderate exactly how much icing I get. Make the icing up according to the instructions on the packet then add a little more icing powder - you want the icing really quite stiff.
Add the grated rind and the remaining half of the lemon juice and mix in thoroughly. Add a little yellow food colouring if you are using some.
Mix together the lemon curd and the boiling water and paint lightly over the biscuits - This takes no more than 5 minutes!
Using a star nozzle and a piping bag, pipe a small star of icing on top of each biscuit.

how to make your own iced gems

Bake of the Week continues to show some brilliant bakes as usual. My To Be Baked list is never going to shrink with all these lovely ideas.

Corina from Searching for Spice satisfied my Oat obsession with these Oaty Raisin Bites

oat raisin bites

I love using yoghurt in baking recipes – One of my fridge essential items is a pot of natural yoghurt. I use it in everything! Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews added Strawberry drinking yoghurt to her Pear Myrtle Cherry Yoghurt Muffins. They look great!

pear myrtle muffins

I just love this Summer Berry Gateaux from Kirsty at Hijacked By Twins – Perfect for a bank holiday.

summer berry gateaux

I keep going back to this Pound Cake from Sadaf’s Culinary Adventures – It looks such a good bake – The texture is perfect.

pound cake

We have a new member of our Bake of the Week team. Joining us for the first time this week is Elizabeth from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary. I am in awe of the fabulous pictures of this wonderful Rhubarb and Saffron Cake.

rhubarb saffron cake

And I’ve saved my favourite for last – I was yearning for Julie’s Apple & Cinnamon Scones already but then I saw that she served them with caramel on top. WoW!!

apple cinnamon caramel scones

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  1. says

    Iced gems used to be my absolute favourite biscuits as a child, and I made my mum bring some over for my eldest’s 1st birthday when we lived in France, so I could relive British childhood parties! I’d never though to try making my own though – these look fab!
    Thanks for linking up to #TastyTuesdays, I’ve pinned this to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest board too.

  2. says

    Some lovely looking dishes on here! I love the idea of your iced gems, they would be perfect party food and I think I am going to have to start keeping dough in the freezer for biscuit emergencies! xx

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