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Lemon Sugar Cookies

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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 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 Cookie Recipe on Everyone will ask you for this recipe!

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes


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. 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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188 Responses to “Lemon Sugar Cookies”

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  4. Emi — June 15, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    Those look amazingg *_* and really refreshing.

    Before you cook them should I press the dough balls down to get it flat? Or does it flatten itself?

  5. Two Peas — June 15, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    I didn’t flatten them down, they spread while baking. If they don’t flatten for you, you can press them down lightly before baking. Enjoy!

  6. Sara — June 17, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    I made these and they turned out completely flat! I followed the recipe exactly! Happen to anyone else?

  7. Two Peas — June 18, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    Sorry the cookies were flat for you. Maybe add a little more flour and don’t flatten them down before baking.

  8. Allana — July 30, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    I just made these- wow, so wonderful! This is definitely a keeper.

  9. Bert Graham — August 23, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    An ice cream social was planned this past Sunday at our church. Those attending were asked to bring cookies. Years ago I remember having lemon sugar cookies that were so tasty. Did a search on the “net” and found your recipe. This recipe is simple and the cookies were fabulous! I even posted on my facebook how much I loved the recipe and have added your website to my FAVORITES!

  10. Two Peas — August 23, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    Thanks for spreading the word about our website! Glad you liked the cookies!

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  12. sweetsugarbelle — September 22, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    These are my favorite also! I don’t like iced cookies either. My friends laugh because I don’t eat mu own. I’d rather have a mall cookie any day of the week! Your blog has been the best new discovery for me! Its like getting a new cookbook in the mail!

  13. Ana — September 27, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    I made this recipe for a Fourth of July BBQ. The cookies were excellent on their own but I used them to make ice cream sandwiches with strawberry and blueberry ice cream. Of course the ice cream more pink and lavender than red and blue, but everyone loved them and these cookies held up beautifully.

  14. Ana — September 27, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    FYI, I made these for a bake sale and doubled the size (I made 15 cookies from the recipe) so they would seem be in keeping w/ brownie prices. The cooking time for the big cookies was 16-18 minutes and they need about 4 minutes of cooling on the cookie sheet to brown the bottoms completely before transferring to the cooling rack.

    Also, if you’re into size uniformity I found it was easier to make all the dough balls then go back and roll them in sugar rather than rolling in sugar as I went. This way I could go back and adjust the cookie sizes without too much trouble.

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  22. Katie — March 16, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    I just made these and they are delicious! They are cooling now and I have snuck two already. Thanks for the recipe.

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  24. marianne — March 20, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    Just made these cookies and they are YUMMY!!! I did add a lil more lemon and lemon zest since I like my cookies lemony! Thanks for the recipe!!!

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  27. Courtney — April 4, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’ve been looking to try out a new cookie, and I can’t wait to make these!

  28. amanda — April 26, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    These cookies are amazing!! The whole family loves them

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  30. Ally — May 17, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    Hmmmm…mine turned out really, REALLY flat! I just replaced my baking powder and soda, so I’m not sure what happened. The taste is there, but they just don’t look as pretty as in the picture. :(

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  32. Jen — May 28, 2012 @ 12:09 am

    I know this post is really late, but OMG! I just made these and they are delicious! And the recipe was incredibly easy for a novice baker like me. Thank you for sharing!

  33. YolieA:) — May 29, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    These cookies are really good, I love anything with lemon. They are soft and chewy and the tip for the cookies in the container with a slice of bread really keeps them soft. Thanks. I love your site, everything looks so good I can’t wait to try another one of your recipes.:)

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  36. sharon — July 9, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    hi, i just made these. they taste amazing but my cookies spread really big and they came in completely flat! what did i do wrong? =(

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  38. Two Peas — July 10, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    Sorry your cookies spread! Was the butter too warm? Not enough flour?

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  40. Jan — August 9, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    A wonderful recipe for summer enjoyment!!! You can not stop at just one of these blissful treats.

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