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Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com

I love all kinds of cookies, but traditional sugar cookies with frosting have never been my favorite. I am just not a frosting gal. (I am sure if you put a frosted sugar cookie in front of me, I would eat it, but they just aren’t my favorite.) I do adore Lemon Sugar Cookies-they are soft, chewy, and rolled in sugar. These cookies are simple, elegant, and perfect for spring.

Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Soft and chewy with a refreshing lemon flavor!

The recipe includes lemon zest and fresh lemon juice so the cookies have a delightful lemon flavor. The cookies are soft and chewy in the middle with slightly crisp edges. Even though the cookies are “sugar” cookies and rolled in sugar, they aren’t overly sweet-making it easy to eat cookie after cookie:)

Ring in spring with a batch of Lemon Sugar Cookies. They are light, refreshing, and the perfect treat for a sunny day.

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Lemon Sugar Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. Using a mixer, beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.

4. Add lemon zest, egg, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Mix until combined. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.

5. Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets,  about 1 1/2 inches apart.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are slightly brown around the edges and set. Let cookies sit on the baking sheets for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

*To keep cookies soft, store cookies with a slice of bread in an air tight container.

If you like these Lemon Sugar Cookies, you might also like:

Lemon Buttermilk Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Lemon Cloud Tea Cookies from Joy the Baker
Glazed Lemon Cookies from Cafe Johnsonia
Lemon Burst Cookies from Brown Eyed Baker

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184 Responses to “Lemon Sugar Cookies”

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  1. 1
    Jessica @ How Sweet — March 14, 2011 @ 3:45 am

    I love lemon desserts and these just look perfect!

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    Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — March 14, 2011 @ 4:14 am

    How delicious and refreshing. These cookies are beautiful!

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    Katrina — March 14, 2011 @ 4:23 am

    Lemon cookies sound amazing!!

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    Heather (heather's dish) — March 14, 2011 @ 4:37 am

    i actually adore regular sugar cookies, but i’ve never actually tried them with a little lemon! that sounds like the perfect combo of flavors :)

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — March 14, 2011 @ 4:39 am

    I love lemon cookies! These look delicious Maria :)

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — March 14, 2011 @ 4:59 am

    Lemon cookies…i am loving all your lemony recipes!!

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    Elizabeth@The Sweet Life — March 14, 2011 @ 5:14 am

    Gorgeous-I love, love the photo!

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    Amy's Cooking Adventures — March 14, 2011 @ 5:35 am

    I just love a good lemon cookie. I can’t wait to try your recipe!

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    I love a good crackled sugar cookie – simple but delicious!

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    Lynn — March 14, 2011 @ 5:46 am

    Beautiful! They look like a spring day captured in a cookie.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 14, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    These really are a perfect cookie for Spring! I also never liked that hard sugar frosting on cookies very much.

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    Erica — March 14, 2011 @ 5:57 am

    So spring like!! I love unfrosted sugar cookies- its actually my favorite kind of cookie! Looks fantastic. Hope you had a nice weekend :)

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    Rosa — March 14, 2011 @ 6:08 am

    What pretty and delightful cookies!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Fallon — March 14, 2011 @ 6:19 am

    I love lemon cookies as well. Very refreshing!

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    Parsley Sage — March 14, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    Fresh and yummy! I love this recipe :)

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    Amanda — March 14, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    They look great!

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    Jenny Flake — March 14, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    LOVE lemon desserts! I am positive I’d gobble plenty of these right up :)

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 14, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    None of that chocolate stuff… lemon is my favorite!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 14, 2011 @ 7:08 am

    Looks like a delicate and delicious cookie!

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    Kelley — March 14, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    I agree, lemon desserts are the best! And these pictures are beautiful- well done!

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    Susan — March 14, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    Now that spring feels like it may be moving in, these will be perfect! I ALMOST bought a huge bag of lemons yesterday – now I’m kicking myself because I didn’t!

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    alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — March 14, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    These looks amazing! Can’t wait to see you this week

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    I love switching things up from the usual (chocolate, strawberry, buttercream, etc.). These look positively sunny – sure to make anyone smile! ♥- Katrina

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    EatLiveRun — March 14, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    beautiful! Your cookies always look amazing, Maria!

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    Joanne — March 14, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    I bet these would be especially great with the Meyer lemons I have sitting on my counter!

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    susan — March 14, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    lemon + sugar works for me.

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    Kristen — March 14, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    These sound like lemon drops – yum!

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    We are both on the same page girl!! Hilarious. Let’s have a lemon cookie party. xo

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    Vanessa — March 14, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    I LOVE lemon anything. Wonderful post and cant wait to give them a try.

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    Damaris @Kitchen Corners — March 14, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Now I know what to do with all my lemons

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    These cookies sound lovely, and your photos have such a feminine quality to them! Thanks for sharing. These will be a great use of all the lemons I have.

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    HeatherChristo — March 14, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    these are so pretty! I love lemon anything, and I don’t have any recipes for cookies like this- thanks!

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    Cookin' Canuck — March 14, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Soft lemon cookies sound like the perfect way to welcome spring.

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    Tracy — March 14, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    These look so light and heavenly! Can’t wait to make them!

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    rachel — March 14, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    I adore lemon desserts and these sound perfect! YUM.

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    tiffany (food finery) — March 14, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    i just made lemon lace cookies but my next lemon batch are these! yummy! kennedy loves lemon cookies :)

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    Nina T. — March 14, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    Totally making my mouth water!!! Can’t wait to try these!

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    Tracey — March 14, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    Lemon has been my favorite flavor lately – something about the bright citrus in winter :) Your cookies look wonderful!

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    Katrina — March 14, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    We’re not big on the frosted sugar cookies here either. These look great!

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