Lemon Sugar Cookies

Soft and chewy lemon sugar cookies are the perfect dessert for spring. Freshly grated lemon zest and lemon juice produce an incredible lemon flavor. I have had this recipe bookmarked ever since I laid eyes on them over on Two Peas and Their Pod. They looked so light and refreshing that I knew they would be a hit in my citrus loving family. Rolling the dough in sugar before you bake them produces a wonderful sugar crust.

Lemon Sugar Cookies

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  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 2 large lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add lemon zest, egg, vanilla extract and lemon juice; beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  4. Place the ½ cup sugar for rolling in a shallow bowl. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a 1½-inch ball, roll the ball in the sugar, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart
  5. Bake until the cookies are slightly brown around the edges and their center are just set and very lightly colored, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets about 2 minutes; using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

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29 Responses to Lemon Sugar Cookies

  1. Lemons just scream Spring! These look delicious, I love lemon!

    Thanks so much for the recipe, I have to bake some cookies this weekend. Apparently my daughter has been selling them to her classmates and she owes a batch.

  2. These look so wonderful. The photos are amazing. I feel like I could reach in and grab a cookie!

  3. I was just thinking about trying this recipe! Glad to know you also liked it.

  4. Judy says:

    Think I’ll try this one with Meyer lemons…can’t wait!

  5. I make these with lime and coconut and they are delicious.

  6. I love lemon, it makes me happy and so excited for the summertime 🙂

  7. yum! lemon cookies remind me of lemon cake hehehe.

  8. Jeannie says:

    Lovely cookies! Perfect for spring, looking so bright and cheerful!

  9. Shaz (Feedingmykidsbetter) says:

    Oooh yum. I think I might try making these into ‘cars’ using my car cookie cutter. I’m sure my boys will lap it up!

  10. Jenny says:

    Wow those cookies were made for Spring! Loving the lemon taste 😀

  11. There isn’t anything much better than a soft sugar cookie. I’ll have to give these a try too!

  12. I love lemon cookies! They’re just so fresh tasting. They’d be great for Easter!

  13. Mike says:

    They sell candied citron pieces at Polcari’s, a shop in the North End here in Boston, and I put them in lemon sugar cookies a few weeks ago and they were outstanding, if I say so myself! These look equally delicious!

  14. Christina, I love the lemon flavor you used in these cookies! They look just so good – soft, buttery and absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend!

  15. These cookies look amazing! I love the lemon. They’re perfect for spring!

  16. muppy says:

    Yum, they look fantastic, i am a lemon lover so definitely one to remember.

  17. Sara says:

    Your photos are always so lovely. Anyway, these remind me of a lime sugar cookie I’ve made – that hint of citrus is really delicious.

  18. Maria says:

    Glad you liked the cookies!

  19. I made some of these the other day, only they were frosting cookies! Delicious, posting them today!
    These look amazing, I did the stacked cookie picture, too. Wish I’d thought of putting lemons in the picture, they make the entire picture look so fresh and really draw you to the cookies!

  20. Lemon Cookies are the BEST! 😀

  21. Judy says:

    Made these on Friday and the only bad thing was I couldn’t stop eating them! I made them with white whole wheat flour and doubled the lemon and vanilla (didn’t want the WW to overpower the flavor…so very delish!

  22. olena says:

    i made this! yummy))I followed the recipe but my cookies don’t look so nice, they are flat(

    • Christina says:

      I am sorry that your cookies turned out flat! 😦 Sometimes that happens to me when I leave the butter out too long. When a recipe calls for “room temperature” butter I cut it up into small 1-inch chunks and let them sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes before using it in the recipe. That way the butter is neither too soft or cold. I hope they still tasted yummy..let me know if you try them again! 🙂

  23. they look perfect for spring!

  24. I made these after you posted this and oooohhhh my soul, SO GOOD. Now, I know I’m pregnant and have had a craving for all things lemon, but sincerely, These hit the spot! 🙂 I’m trying to convinence my cupcake makin’ mom to make a cupcake version and we’ll stick a cookie on the top as a garnish! 🙂
    mmm…. time for a second batch! ❤

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  26. verkoren says:

    Reblogged this on Roerend!.

  27. Can’t wait to try these out! How many cookies does this recipe give?

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