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Lemon Sugar Cookies
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5 from 12 votes

Easy Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

When you want the best lemon sugar cookies, you have to make this recipe. These Easy Lemon Sugar Cookies are simple to make and taste amazing.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon sugar cookies
Servings: 24
Author: Jill


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks 1 cup unsalted butter - softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Lemon zest from 3 lemons separated 2 lemons + 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a larger bowl, beat the butter and 1 cup sugar until the mixture is combined and light in texture. Pour in the lemon juice, vanilla and add in the egg. Add in the lemon zest from 2 lemons and mix until just combined.
  • Slowly add in the flour mixture, mixing between each addition, until both mixtures are well combined.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the 1/2 cup sugar and the zest from the 3rd lemon.
  • Using a cookie scoop, form the dough into tablespoon sized balls and roll in the sugar/lemon mixture. Place on the cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-11 minutes, until the tops are no longer wet looking and cracks start to form. Allow the cookies to cool for an additional 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack or wax paper.
  • Store in an airtight container.