Lemon Sugar Cookies

 

Lemon Sugar Cookies stacked on top of each other on a cooling rack
Classic lemon sugar cookies are soft and chewy cookies with a bright lemon flavor. Sweet, with just the right amount of tart, lemon cookies are a family favorite.
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Table of Contents
  1. Lemon Sugar Cookies Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Soft lemon sugar cookies are sweet with just the right amount of lemony tang thanks to plenty of lemon zest and juice. Delightfully chewy with slightly crispy edges, these made from scratch lemon cookies are always a hit. 

If you love the bright taste of lemon desserts try making lemon bars, lemon lasagna, or lemon puppy chow.

Lemon Sugar Cookies stacked on top of each other on a cooling rack

Lemon Sugar Cookies Ingredients

Lemon Sugar Cookies raw ingredients that are labeled

You will need:

  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar divided into 1 ¼ cups and ¼ cup
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 egg

Substitutions and Additions

CITRUS: You could replace the flavor of lemon in this lemon sugar cookie recipe with other citrus flavors such as orange or lime. Just substitute orange or lime juice and orange or lime zest for the lemon equivalents. 

How to Make This Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

STEP ONE: Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

STEP TWO: In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, and 1 ¼ cups sugar until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.

butter, cream cheese, and sugar blended together on a bowl

STEP THREE: Mix in vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

STEP FOUR: Beat in egg.

STEP FIVE: Slowly add flour mixture, mixing in a little at a time, until just combined.

PRO TIP: Do not over mix the batter. Over mixing can result in crumbly cookies.

flour mixture added into the cookie batter in a a bowl

STEP SIX: Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

PRO TIP: Do not skip the chilling step, this is important to get the best texture for these delicious cookies.

STEP SEVEN: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

STEP EIGHT: Scoop sugar cookie dough into balls and roll in sugar until coated all over.

PRO TIP: You can use your hands to roll the dough into balls, but a cookie dough scoop will keep your hands clean and help to form the balls into a uniform size.

cookie dough balls dipped into a ball of sugar

STEP NINE: Bake cookies for 10 minutes, until edges just start to brown.

cookie dough on a baking sheet then baked

STEP TEN: Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

How to Serve

A family favorite that tastes like summer, but that you can make any time of the year. If you’d like you can sprinkle sparkling sugar on top of the cookies immediately upon taking them out of the oven for an extra bit of sweet crunch on top. Enjoy lemon sugar cookies as a sweet snack or dessert with a refreshing glass of raspberry iced tea

Storage

ON THE FRIDGE:  Once the cookies are completely cooled, you can place them on a plate and then wrap them tightly with plastic wrap.  

IN THE FREEZER: Once the cookies are completely cooled, wrap your cookies in plastic wrap and then place them inside a freezer-safe bag or airtight container. This lemon cookie recipe will last for up to three months in the freezer if properly stored.

Overhead shot of Lemon Sugar Cookies piled on a cooling rack

Lemon lovers will be thrilled with these old-fashioned lemon sugar cookies. This classic recipe creates soft and chewy cookies with a bright lemon flavor. Just one bite and you’ll want to make this recipe again and again. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of real lemon? 

Real lemon will give you the fresh lemon flavor but you can use bottled lemon juice instead in these lemony cookies.

Can I substitute lemon extract for lemon juice in these cookies? 

Yes, you can substitute lemon extract for lemon juice. Since the lemon extract is far more concentrated than lemon juice, you will only need a couple of drops of the extract to replace the lemon juice.

Can I freeze these cookies? 

You can freeze these cookies stored in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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Lemon Sugar Cookies stacked on top of each other on a cooling rack

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Classic lemon sugar cookies are soft and chewy cookies with a bright lemon flavor. Sweet, with just the right amount of tart, lemon cookies are a family favorite.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24

Ingredients
  

  • cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar, divided into 1 ¼ cups and ¼ cup
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 1 egg

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, and 1 ¼ cups sugar until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Mix in vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  • Beat in egg.
  • Slowly add flour mixture, mixing in a little at a time, until just combined.
  • Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Scoop sugar cookie dough into balls and roll in sugar until coated all over.
  • Bake cookies for 10 minutes, until edges just start to brown.
  • Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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Notes

  • Do not over mix the batter. Over mixing can result in crumbly cookies.
  • Do not skip the chilling step, this is important to get the best texture for these delicious cookies.
  • You can use your hands to roll the dough into balls, but a cookie dough scoop will keep your hands clean and help to form the balls into a uniform size.

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