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Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lemon Sugar Cookies take the classic cookie to a new level with a big lemon kick! This soft, moist cookie uses simple ingredients and is so easy to make!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword how do I make Lemon Sugar Cookies, how to make Lemon Sugar Cookies, Lemon Sugar Cookies, Lemon Sugar Cookies recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Cooling Time 7 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 36 Cookies
Calories 144kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cups granulated sugar divided
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest


  • 1 cup Confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1-3 tablespoons milk


  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand-up mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and lemon zest and mix until combined.
  • With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour, just until incorporated (do not overmix). Flatten dough into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/2 inch thick and Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes. Place on baking sheet 1 inch apart.
  • Bake in preheated oven 12-14 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for about 7 minutes. Remove and finish cooling on a baking rack.
  • When cookies are completely cooled, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of milk, at a time, until glaze reaches drizzling consistency.
  • Place cookies on a wire rack set over a sheet of foil and drizzle with glaze. Sprinkle with jimmies or colored sugar as desired. Allow cookies to sit on the rack until the glaze is fully set, about 3 hours.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 197IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg