Lemon Sugar Cookies

Sometimes the simplest things are the best. Sugar cookies are a great example of that.  A simple cookie that can translated into many treats with icing and decorations.  Today’s recipe is a simple sugar cookie with the addition of one of my favorite flavors, lemon.  It’s a pretty basic recipe with the addition of lemon juice and lemon zest.




To make the cookies pretty the tops of the balls of dough are dipped in sparkling sugar right before baking. Sparkling sugar has a coarse texture and a brilliant sparkle that makes cupcakes, cookies and cakes really shine.



Lemon Sugar Cookies

Delightful lemon flavored cookies. Use organic when available.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, lemon, lemon sugar cookies, sugar cookies
Servings 24 cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup soft butter or margarine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup sparkling sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C)
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  • In small bowl mix flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda
  • In large bowl beat butter and granulated sugar until well mixed
  • Add egg
  • Add lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract
  • Add dry ingredients and mix until combined
  • Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes
  • Scoop out dough and form a ball
  • Dip top of dough in sparkling sugar
  • Place cookie dough 2 inches apart on baking sheets
  • Bake about 12 minutes or until edges of cookies are golden brown
  • Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes
  • Remove to cooling rack

Get a glass of milk and enjoy your fresh baked lemon cookies!











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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

30 thoughts to “Lemon Sugar Cookies”

  1. I make a batch of cookies every two weeks for my soldier son to take back and eat with his friends. Every time he wants chocolate chip. I am going to tempt him with this recipe. They look so good! #MMBC

  2. Your lemon cookies look so yummy, I haven’t seen sparkling sugar on sale in the UK but will certainly look for it next time I go shopping. Today I failed to make a buttermilk cream frosting for my carrot cake cup cakes so am thinking I’ll take a break from baking for a few days!

  3. I love lemon anything this time of year. It always lifts my mood. These cookies sound delicious! I can’t wait to give them a try!

  4. I love the idea of making cookies but mine always burn. My youngest can make them perfectly though. Phew!
    These sound so good! Simplest things really are the best x

  5. These look very delicious, Carol! I pinned your recipe so i can make them for my grandchildren the next time I see them.

  6. I don’t really like sugar cookies because I find them to be rather bland but I bet they are delicious with a litlte lemon added! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

  7. We love to bake cookies. I must admit I never used to like anything lemon flavoured, but as I’ve got older it’s kind of growing on me. I’m going to make some of these with the boys.
    Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!

  8. These sound so good, perfect for a summer snack. I may even throw in some white chocolate chips.

  9. My daughter recently sent me a lemon cookie recipe that sounds just like this one. They are delicious and I’ve made them twice! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

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