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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


  • 2 3/4 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


  • 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.



  • 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.