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stack of lemon sugar cookies with lemon slice

Lemon Sugar Cookies

These are the most delicious, soft, and flavorful lemon sugar cookies you could hope to bake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Sugar Cookies, Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling 1 hour
Servings 24
Calories 180kcal


  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar divided into 1 1/4 cups and 1/4 cup
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 egg


  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl
  • In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, and 1 1/4 cups sugar until smooth and creamy, 1-2 minutes
  • Mix in vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest
  • Beat in egg
  • Slowly add flour mixture, mixing in a little at a time, until just combined
  • Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Scoop sugar cookie dough into balls and roll in sugar until coated all over
  • Bake cookies 10 minutes, until edges just start to brown
  • Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and move to a wire rack to finish cooling.



Taking the time to refrigerate the dough makes for easier rolling and a soft, delicious cookie. 


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg