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Lemon Sugar Cookies

close up shot of Lemon Sugar Cookies stacked on top of each other on a cooling rack
These are the most delicious, soft, and flavorful lemon sugar cookies you could hope to bake!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 180 kcal


  • cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • cups sugar, divided into 1¼ cups and ¼ cup
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 1 egg


  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, and 1¼ cups sugar until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Mix in vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  • Beat in the 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°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Scoop sugar cookie dough into balls and roll in sugar until coated all over.
  • Bake cookies for 10 minutes, until the edges just start to brown.
  • Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and move to a wire rack to finish cooling.


  • Do not over mix the batter. Over mixing can result in crumbly cookies.
  • Do not skip the chilling step, this is important to get the best texture for these delicious cookies.
  • You can use your hands to roll the dough into balls, but a cookie dough scoop will keep your hands clean and help to form the balls into a uniform size.


Sodium: 179mgCalcium: 10mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 278IUSugar: 13gFiber: 1gPotassium: 29mgCholesterol: 30mgCalories: 180kcalSaturated Fat: 5gFat: 9gProtein: 2gCarbohydrates: 24gIron: 1mg