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Lemon Sugar Cookies

Easy Lemon Sugar Cookies recipe for soft and chewy cookies that would also work well for cutout cookies.
Course cookies, Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 84 kcal
Author Five Silver Spoons


  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 or 2 lemons
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 butter (unsalted at room temperature, cut into chunks)
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Sugar (for coating)


  1. Position your oven racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat it to 350 degrees F. 

    Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda and baking powder together. 

    Grate the zest of 1 lemon and squeeze the juice. If you dont have ¼ cup after the first lemon, squeeze the juice from the second lemon.

  3. Put the sugar and lemon zest in the bowl of a stand mixer. 

    Using your fingertips, rub tthe ingredients together until the sugar is moist and fragrant. 

    Add the butter and salt to the bowl and beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg, followed by the vanilla and lemon juice. 

    Turn off the mixer, add half of the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until they're almost incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.

    Add the rest of the flour and beat on low speed until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl.

  4. Pour some sugar into a bowl. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out level portions of dough or use a teaspoon to get rounded spoonfuls.  I used a cookie scoop.  I find them to be more exacting.

    Roll each portion into a ball between your palms, drop into the sugar, roll it around to coat and place on the baking sheets. These cookies spread dramatically, so make sure to leave about 2 inches between them.

  5. Bake the cookies for 8 to 14 minutes. If you bake them for 8 to 10 minutes, you'll get pale cookies that will be chewy; bake them for 12 to 14 minutes, until theyre barely golden around the edges (the bottoms will be lightly browned), and you'll get cookies that are chewy in the center and crisp around the edges. I baked mine for 12 minutes and enjoyed the crispy/chewy version. 

    The cookies will be crackle-topped and too soft to lift from the baking sheets after cooking. Transfer the whole baking sheet to cooling racks and let the cookies cool completely before you move them.

  6. Repeat with the remaining dough, always using cool baking sheets.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Dorie's Cookies

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving (12 g)
Calories 84
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 78mg3%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.