Mrs. Ronzo's Lemon Balls

Mrs. Ronzo's Lemon Balls


"This is a favorite cake like lemon cookie of mine given to my mother when I was only 6 yrs. old, from a wonderful lady who lived down the street from us. We have always called them 'her' Lemon Balls... she is passed on now, but this recipe is made by my mother and I every Christmas!"


servings 97 cals
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Original recipe yields 48 servings



  • Calories:
  • 97 kcal
  • 5%
  • Fat:
  • 2.6 g
  • 4%
  • Carbs:
  • 17.4g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 36 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Blend the white sugar and shortening until light. Beat in the eggs, milk, vanilla and 1 teaspoon lemon extract. Mix until well blended.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the shortening mixture. Mix until combined (the dough will be sticky). Drop spoonfuls of dough onto parchment paper lined baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cookies cool then frost with icing.
  5. To Make Icing: Combine the confectioners' sugar, water and lemon extract to taste. Beat until smooth and make icing thick enough to spread on cooled cookies
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  1. 37 Ratings


Quite nice. The cookies are puffy and cake like. The baking time was dead on when I used heaped teaspoons of the batter, which, as the recipe says, is quite sticky. I added the zest of one le...

These were not my favorite. It's not that it was a *bad* recipe ~ it's just that they didn't live up to all the rave reviews, in my opinion. Yes, they were cake like and the texture was great! T...

Very tasty, cakelike cookie. My cookie scoop made cookies a little too big so I used tea spoons. A drop the size of a jawbreaker gumball worked best. The icing is a must but a little extra le...

I agree with everybody about how good they are! However, I have made these several times, and because it is such a wet dough, I added almost 3/4 cup more flour, and refrigerate for one hour, an...

This cookie is amazing! It has just the right amount of sweetness. I did go a little heavy on the lemon extract after reading some reviews. To make it even lower in calories I used egg substitut...

Really yummy cookies! I loved them -- perfect for giving away on Christmas cookie platters. I also really liked how easy the recipe was. The cookies taste like something my grandmother would ...

These turned out perfectly. First of all, though, I wouldn't call them "balls"- they are more cookie-shaped with a cake-like consistency. I added more lemon extract to the batter; just taste t...

This recipe was so good. I made them as part of my annual christmas baking but they didn't last that long. Highly recommended

What a yummy "cookie". Its definitely cake-like not the consistency of a cookie. I did follow the recommendation to add more lemon extract to the cookie mix as well as I added some fresh lemon z...