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Lemon Sugar Cookies

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I think one of the things I love most about spring aside from the warmer temperatures and longer days is spring cleaning. Airing out the house, donating or throwing out things we don’t need, scrubbing down the house so that it’s squeaky clean…it just makes me feel good and ready to say farewell to the old and welcome to the new. Sometimes it’s nice to stop and take a break though, which is where these delightful cookies come in. I got the recipe from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod, and I think they are the perfect cookie for spring cleaning. Whether you’re doing all the cleaning yourself or have a crew helping out, serve these light and buttery cookies as a snack. I also love that they are easily frozen (once rolled into 1″ balls and rolled in sugar) and baked right out of the freezer if you don’t want to serve them all at once. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did, and happy cleaning!

Recipe adapted from here.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

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In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the egg, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and lemon juice.

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Gradually add in the dry ingredients until well-combined.

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Roll dough into 1″ balls and then roll in granulated sugar. Place on the baking sheet about 1 1/2″ apart.

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Bake 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Let sit on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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Posted by on May 2, 2011.

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Categories: desserts & sweets

33 Responses

  1. Tracy, I would like to stuff my face with these cookies.

    by Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon on May 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

  2. What a perfect cookie. I cannot wait to try these. They look fantastic.

    by carolinaheartstrings on May 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm

  3. Oh, my husband would love these. Bookmarking for sure!

    by JenniferA on May 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm

  4. OK those cookies look seriously perfect! How on earth did you get them so uniform! Mine are never perfect circles LOL OR the same size!

    by stephchows on May 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

  5. Mmmm, these look delicious! So light and refreshing for spring. :)

    by Colleen Barber on May 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm

  6. I love a good lemony cookie. Those crackled tops are so nice.

    by Lisa on May 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm

  7. I love these cookies! I might have to make them again seeing how good they look in your pictures. :)

    by Christina on May 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm

  8. Mmmm these sound heavenly. I need more lemon in my life. Starting with these!

    by Katrina on May 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

  9. I love Spring cleaning. It really is stress reducing.
    Boy your sugar cookies sound so lemony and good!

    by nancy@skinnykitchen.com on May 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

  10. Now I want cookies :) Gorgeous!

    by Jenny Flake on May 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

  11. You have made me a happy, happy girl! Thanks for sharing this one!

    by Jessica on May 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

  12. I love that you can freeze these and bring them out when you need to. They look delicious and perfect for spring. I bookmarked another recipe from Maria the other day that had a lemon glaze – delish!

    by Lucy@The Sweet Touch on May 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm

  13. Looks like perfections to me, so bright

    by Jennifurla on May 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm

  14. I need to do some spring cleaning myself, but I’d rather be making these cookies!

    by Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen on May 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm

  15. Cookies, come to mama! These are perfect for spring.

    by Aimee @ Simple Bites on May 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm

  16. Mmmmmm. Our lemon tree is bursting and these would be a perfect recipe to try! I love to freeze cookie dough for later. Yay.

    by Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) on May 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm

  17. Yay! Glad you liked the cookies!

    by Maria on May 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm

  18. My mouth is officially watering! Yum!

    by Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. on May 3, 2011 at 10:13 am

  19. These are so bright and pretty. I bet they taste great! And you are so right, the perfect spring cleaning cookie. :)

    by Vanessa [yummybrooklyn.com] on May 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm

  20. These are indeed perfect for spring. I could snack on these all day.

    by Cookin' Canuck on May 4, 2011 at 10:39 am

  21. I love the light spring flavor of these!

    by naomi on May 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm

  22. I’ve been on a bit of a spring cleaning kick lately, too. I think I just might need to make a batch of these to reward myself. They look amazing!

    by Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on May 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm

  23. I’m kind of obsessed with lemon anything lately. Maybe *these* are the cookie to send to my nephew for his birthday. They’re just beautiful.

    by Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies on May 9, 2011 at 9:05 am

  24. I just love this recipe! In addition to making the peanut/and nut free I made them gluten-free so I could enjoy them too! I simply substituted King Arthur’s Gluten-Free Baking Flour and they came out simply delicious. This is THE most authentic tasting gluten-free sugar cookie I have found since being diagnosed with celiac disease.

    Thank you for sharing your recipes!

    by The Food Allergy Mom on May 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm

  25. When exactly do you add the egg though?

    by Sheska on May 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm

  26. Sheska – Oops, I left that part out! You add it in with the vanilla extract and lemon zest/juice. I’ve updated the recipe accordingly – thanks!

    by Tracy on May 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm

  27. :o
    Oh no :(
    I’ve already made em.

    by Sheska on May 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm

  28. Just made these, and they’re like sugary sunshine. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    by Cindy on May 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm

  29. These cookies are incredible! I’ve made them twice in one week because everyone loved them so much! They are so soft and light from the lemon.

    by Amanda on May 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm

  30. I just baked them now and although they didn’t flatten (don’t know why :( ) oh wow they are so delicious!!! So light and just the right amount of sweetness!

    by Mia on Mar 28, 2012 at 6:26 am

  31. I am definately goig to try and make these as I have heaps of lemons in my fruit bowl. Thank you for sharing.

    by neev on Jul 30, 2012 at 10:34 am

  32. I can’t seem to find meyer lemons very easily, will regular lemons be as good in this recipe?

    by Phyllis clauson on Nov 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

  33. Phyllis – Yes, you can use regular lemons. Happy baking!

    by Tracy on Nov 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm

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Hi there! I’m Tracy, and I live in upstate NY. My husband and I met in college and have been married since 2005. Canning, baking, writing, photography, and even cleaning (yes, cleaning – it can be oddly relaxing), are all things that I enjoy. This blog brings all of those passions together – but more than [...]more →