Lemon Sugar Cookies

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These Lemon Sugar Cookies are buttery and soft, with the perfect hint of lemon. The lemon frosting makes them over the top delicious. A perfect cookie recipe for lemon lovers!

We love sugar cookies, and especially love this lemon version. If you love sugar cookies as much as we do, you’ll also love our sugar cookie bars and sugar cookie fruit pizza!

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies

If you love lemon desserts, I have the perfect cookie for you! I took my favorite sugar cookie recipe and adapted it to come up with today’s recipe for Lemon Sugar Cookies.

I am a huge fan of anything lemon, and I was thrilled with how these cookies turned out. They are the perfect cookie for anyone who loves lemon. With such a soft cookie and a delicious lemon frosting on top, it was hard not to love them.

One thing I love about these cookies is that you don’t have to roll them out with a rolling pin. Nope, no hassle at all. Just roll them into balls and place them on greased or silicone lined cookie sheets.

Lemon sugar cookie dough

How to make Lemon Sugar Cookies

With no rolling, these cookies are so simple!! Here is what you need to do to make them:

WET INGREDIENTS. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat in eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest till well combined.

DRY INGREDIENTS. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.

NO ROLLING OUT. Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.

BAKE. Bake at 350° for 9-10 minutes, or till barely light brown on the bottom. Let sit 3-4 minutes on pan, then remove to cooling racks.

Cool cookies completely before frosting.

Recipe Tips

Lemon Flavor To adjust the lemon flavor just decrease or increase the lemon zest.

My cookie came out too thin: If your cookie is thinner that you would like you can do a couple of things:

  • Add a bit more flour to the dough
  • Chill the dough

Don’t overcook: be sure to remove the cookies before they begin to brown. They may even seem to be a little undercooked, but they will finish cooking as they cool on the hot pan.

Lemon sugar cookies on baking sheet

Lemon Buttercream Frosting + more additions

After they are baked and cooled you top them with a delicious lemon buttercream frosting.

I used a star tip to pipe my frosting on, and they turned out so pretty, don’t you think? But of course you can just spread the frosting on with a knife, they will still taste incredible!

To make it, just beat together butter, powdered sugar, salt, lemon zest, and lemon juice till creamy, adding milk if needed. If you are piping the frosting, it needs to be thick. If you are just spreading it on, you can add more liquid.

Beautiful and Delicious additions: These cookies are simply yummy, but if you want to change them up I have a few ideas:

  • Add poppy seeds to the dough
  • Top the frosting with fresh raspberries
  • Drizzle white chocolate onto the cookie then top with frosting
  • Sprinkle sliced macadamia or almonds on top

Lemon buttercream frosting

How to Store + Tips

Place your sugar cookies in an air-tight container and STORE them on the counter for up to 4 days. They can be placed in the fridge to extend that storing time for an extra day or two.

If you’re planning on FREEZING your cookies, try to freeze them before you add the frosting. They’ll hold up better unfrosted. Either way, stack them in an airtight container separated by sheets of wax paper. They should stay good for up to 3 months.

Let defrost before adding frosting and serving.

Lemon sugar cookie recipe

These sugar cookies aren’t only gorgeous, but they’re delicious. I promise all lemon lovers will be obsessed!! ;D

We hope you agree!! Let us know what you think of them.

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Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

4.82 from 16 votes

These Lemon Sugar Cookies are buttery and soft, with the perfect hint of lemon. The lemon frosting makes them over the top delicious. A perfect cookie recipe for lemon lovers!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 198 kcal
Author on lilluna.com

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Lemon Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk, if needed

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat in eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest till well combined.

  2. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.

  3. Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.

  4. Bake at 350° for 9-10 minutes, or till barely light brown on the bottom. Let sit 3-4 minutes on pan, then remove to cooling racks.

  5. Cool cookies completely, then frost. I piped frosting on with a 1M star tip. 

Lemon Frosting

  1. Beat together butter, powdered sugar, salt, lemon zest, and lemon juice till creamy, adding milk if needed. If you are piping the frosting, it needs to be thick. If you are just spreading it on, you can add more liquid.

Author

Kara Cook

Hi! I’m Kara from Creations by Kara, and I’m addicted to creating pretty and yummy things. I love sharing home decor ideas, DIY projects, tasty recipes, and simple tips! I hope that I am inspiring women everywhere to use their creativity to build a better life.

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  1. 5 stars
    These may be the best cookies I have ever made! They were a huge hit. The buttercream icing was amazing. I accidentally added too much lemon juice and I couldn’t roll them into balls, so my first batch, the cookies were kind of messy. I added more flour to remaining batter and they turned out perfect. Next time, i will follow the measurements exactly. Thank you!

  2. Does the icing harden at all? I am looking for a lemon cookie for an annual cookie baKe our neighbor does but people stack their take home cookies in containers and i don’t want the icing to get all SMASHED and messy.

  3. 5 stars
    I made these for Christmas this year and they were a big git. Sever pe comment gow good they are. I think they are very good too.

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made these cookies several times and they always come out wonderful! Every one loves them! Best lemon cookie recipe ever! Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    Amazing cookies!!!
    My son did all the mixing & placing cookies on sheet, i did the sugar on bottom of cup part.
    He said he never enjoyed eating a cooking so much. “Like biting into a pillow”. We loved this recipe.
    1st time making sugar cookies

  6. 5 stars
    These cookies are amazing! Easy to make and so delicious! Will definitely make these again and again! Thank you for the recipe!

  7. 2 stars
    I wAS VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE COOKIE DOUGH. aFTER BAKING, THEY WERE DRY, AND PRETTY MUCH TASTELESS. i HAD TO USE FLOUR TO FLATTEN THE COOKIES BECAUSE THE SUGAR DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO PREVENT THE DOUGH FROM STICKING TO THE GLASS BOTTOM. hOWEVER, THE FROSTING WAS TO DIE FOR! i AM GOING TO USE ANOTHER COOKIE DOUGH RECIPE AND USE THIS FROSTING.