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Soft & Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies

Soft & Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies

Everyone will love this lemon sugar cookie recipe! It’s tart and flavorful thanks to the refreshing addition of lemon!

lemon sugar cookies

I absolutely love the flavor of lemon. From lemonade to lemon ices to these absolutely amazing soft and chewy lemon sugar cookies! It’s just so refreshing!

No, I don’t stop baking in the spring and summer. My family wants treats all year long. I just change up what I bake. My go to becomes light and refreshing recipes.

We love soft and chewy cookies. These Lemon Sugar Cookies are just that! We enjoy them with a glass of iced tea or maybe even a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

It’s amazing how the fresh lemon zest and lemon juice really adds so much flavor to a simple sugar cookie recipe!

lemon sugar cookies

How to Make These Lemon Sugar Cookies

lemon sugar cookie ingredients

Gather together:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • sugar
  • 1 egg
  • vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt

Scroll down to find the full printable recipe to make this Lemon Cookie recipe!

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Lemon Cookie batter

Add egg, vanilla, lemon zest and juice; beat until combined.

Adding lemon zest to lemon sugar cookies

Add in remaining dry ingredients.  Mix until just combined.

Adding dry ingredients to lemon sugar cookies

Roll dough into small balls. I like to use a cookie scooper to make sure all of the cookies are the same size.

Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper and then bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies have set.

lemon sugar cookies ready to bake
lemon sugar cookies ready to bake

Remove and let cool.

lemon sugar cookies
lemon sugar cookies

Tips to Making this Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe:

The best way to juice a lemon? Give it a roll on the counter with the palm of your hand. Hold the cut side up in your palm and give it a squeeze. This way all the pits fall into your hand.

Don’t use the fake lemon juice in the bottle.

Tips for zesting a lemon: Wash your lemon in soapy water and dry off. Using a grater in one hand and your lemon in the other, run the yellow part of the lemon along the blades. Stop once you get to the white pith.

For an extra pop of sweetness, give the lemon sugar cookies a sprinkle of sugar right out of the oven.

Let the lemon sugar cookies cool off on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes before you move them to the cooling rack.

How to Store Your Lemon Sugar Cookies

To store your cookies, keep them in an airtight container for 5 to 7 days (if they last that long). Separate them with parchment paper.

If you’d like to freeze your lemon sugar cookies, you can do so for 2-3 months. To thaw them, leave them on the counter at room temperature. Any other way will make them soggy.

lemon sugar cookies

If you are looking for more delicious ways to use lemons, try our lemon blueberry danish or these creamy lemon cheesecake bars.

Soft & Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe

Soft & Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Everyone will love this lemon sugar cookie recipe! It's tart and flavorful thanks to the refreshing addition of fresh lemon!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
    3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
    4. Add egg, vanilla, lemon zest and juice; beat until combined.
    5. Add in remaining dry ingredients.  Mix until just combined.
    6. Roll lemon sugar cookie dough into small balls.
    7. Bake lemon sugar cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies have set.
    8. Remove lemon sugar cookies and let cool 2-3 minutes before removing from the baking sheet and onto the cooling rack.

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