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.

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Zest of 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • Granulated sugar, for rolling in

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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33 Responses to “Lemon Sugar Cookies”

  1. 1 Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 12:25 pm

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

  2. 2 carolinaheartstrings Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 1:21 pm

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

  3. 3 JenniferA Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 2:02 pm

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

  4. 4 stephchows Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    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!

  5. 5 Colleen Barber Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 2:31 pm

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

  6. 6 Lisa Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 2:55 pm

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

  7. 7 Christina Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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

  8. 8 Katrina Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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

  9. 9 nancy@skinnykitchen.com Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 4:03 pm

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

  10. 10 Jenny Flake Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Now I want cookies :) Gorgeous!

  11. 11 Jessica Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 4:50 pm

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

  12. 12 Lucy@The Sweet Touch Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    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!

  13. 13 Jennifurla Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Looks like perfections to me, so bright

  14. 14 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 7:08 pm

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

  15. 15 Aimee @ Simple Bites Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 7:23 pm

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

  16. 16 Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 7:26 pm

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

  17. 17 Maria Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Yay! Glad you liked the cookies!

  18. 18 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:
    May 3rd, 2011 at 10:13 am

    My mouth is officially watering! Yum!

  19. 19 Vanessa [yummybrooklyn.com] Says:
    May 3rd, 2011 at 3:13 pm

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

  20. 20 Cookin' Canuck Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 10:39 am

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

  21. 21 naomi Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I love the light spring flavor of these!

  22. 22 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    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!

  23. 23 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    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.

  24. 24 The Food Allergy Mom Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    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!

  25. 25 Sheska Says:
    May 17th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    When exactly do you add the egg though?

  26. 26 Tracy Says:
    May 17th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    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!

  27. 27 Sheska Says:
    May 17th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Oh no :(
    I’ve already made em.

  28. 28 Cindy Says:
    May 27th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

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

  29. 29 Amanda Says:
    May 29th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    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.

  30. 30 Mia Says:
    March 28th, 2012 at 6:26 am

    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!

  31. 31 neev Says:
    July 30th, 2012 at 10:34 am

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

  32. 32 Phyllis clauson Says:
    November 19th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

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

  33. 33 Tracy Says:
    November 19th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

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

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