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Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies are buttery soft, with the perfect hint of lemon. They’re a perfect treat for lemon lovers!

We love Sugar Cookies and especially love this Lemon Sugar Cookies 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 frosted with lemon frosting.

Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies

If you love lemon desserts, I have the perfect cookie for you! I took a favorite Sugar Cookie recipe and adapted it to make 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, delicious cookie topped with lemon frosting, it was hard not to love them.

One thing I love about Frosted Lemon Cookies is that you don’t have to roll them out with a rolling pin. No hassle at all. Just roll them into balls and place them on greased or silicone-lined cookie sheets.

Lemon sugar cookie dough balls ready to bake.

Making these Chewy Lemon Cookies

With no rolling, these cookies are so simple!!

PREP. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets and set aside.

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

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

SHAPE. Roll dough into tablespoon-sized balls and place on cookie sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.

BAKE. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or till barely light brown on the bottom. Let sit for 3-4 minutes on the pan, then remove to a wire rack to cool.

Cool cookies completely before frosting.

LEMON FROSTING. Beat together butter, powdered sugar, salt, lemon zest, and lemon juice till creamy, adding milk if needed.

If piping the frosting, it needs to be thick. I piped frosting on with a 1M star tip. If spreading it on, add more liquid to make a Lemon Icing Recipe.

Lemon sugar cookies flattened on baking sheet.

Recipe Tips

Lemon flavor. Each lemon contains about 2 tablespoons of juice and about 1 tablespoon of zest. The easiest way to zest a lemon is to use a citrus zester, the small side of a cheese grater, or scrape it with a paring knife. To adjust the lemon flavor decrease or increase the lemon zest.

Thin cookies. If the cookies come out too thin try adding a bit more flour or chilling the dough.

Do not overbake. 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.

Don’t overmix the dough as it can create a tougher texture.

Room temperature ingredients. Room-temperature eggs incorporate better into the dough. Use this post on How to Soften Butter Quickly

Easy clean-up. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Cookie size. Use a cookie scoop to easily make equal-sized cookie dough balls.

Variations. These Frosted Lemon Cookies are simply yummy, but if 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.
  • For other citrus flavors, try zesting and juicing oranges or lime.
Frosted lemon sugar cookies lined up on a cooling rack.

Storing Info

STORE Lemon Sugar Cookies in an air-tight container on the counter for up to 4 days. Place in the fridge to extend that storing time for an extra day or two.

FREEZE. Unfrosted cookies will freeze better. Either way, stack them in an airtight container separated by sheets of wax paper. They should stay good for up to 3 months.

Let them defrost before adding frosting, and serving.

Frosted Lemon sugar cookie recipe topped with lemon frosting.

Recipe FAQ

What are the best toppings for Lemon Sugar Cookies?

Along with our frosting, we love a fun sprinkle or even some lemon zest.

How long do these cookies last?

Stored in the refrigerator, these cookies can last about a week. In a container, on the counter, they last about 4 days. These cookies can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

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Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies are buttery soft, with the perfect hint of lemon. They're a perfect treat for lemon lovers!
Servings: 30 cookies
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

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
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat in eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest till well combined.
  • Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Roll dough into tablespoon-sized balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes, or till barely light brown on the bottom. Let sit for 3-4 minutes on the pan, then remove to cooling racks.
  • Cool cookies completely, then frost. I piped frosting on with a 1M star tip. 

Lemon Frosting

  • 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.

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Nutrition

Calories: 198kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 112mg, Potassium: 33mg, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 250IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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128 Comments

  1. Andrea Thueson says:

    5 stars
    These lemon sugar cookies were magical! My family loved them and I cannot wait to make them again.

    1. LilLunaTeam says:

      I’m so glad you loved them as much as we do! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Jolene Elmore says:

    5 stars
    Sounds wonderful

    1. LilLunaTeam says:

      Thank you so much! I hope you like them!

  3. Derrick Dick says:

    5 stars
    Just made these lemon sugar cookies for my wife. She likes them! (Think I’ll try one or two out myself.). She likes anything lemony.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      I’m so happy to hear she enjoys the cookies! I’m a lemon fan as well, so I’m glad the recipe was a hit!

  4. Jasmine says:

    Hi,

    I can’t wait to try these cookies! For the frosting portion, what do I use the milk for?

    Thanks

  5. Becky says:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try it

  6. Leigh BUKOWSKI says:

    5 stars
    Delicious sugar cookie with perfect ingredients. I added just a bit more lemon juice

  7. Heather says:

    How many cookies per serving? Is 1 cookie 198 calories.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Depending on how large you make the cookie, that’s about what it would be. If they are smaller sized, the calorie count may be a little less. That include cookie and frosting. The recipe makes about 30 cookies.

  8. Peggy says:

    These look really good. Will the icing hardened up so you can stack the cookies in a container.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      It will a little bit, but we recommend freezing before adding the frosting. However, you can freeze with the frosting. If doing that, I’d probably just spread the frosting with a knife rather than using a tip and piping the frosting on. Either way, just stack them in an airtight container lined with wax paper and they’ll last for about 3 months in the freezer.

  9. M pollock says:

    I made these for my daughter . very easy to make and they tasted delicious 😋 grandkids loved them 😋

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Yay! I’m so glad to hear they were a hit with your family. Thanks for giving the recipe a try!

  10. AF says:

    Hi! I’m planning on making these and was wondering if I can make the dough ahead and keep it in the fridge for a few days before baking? If so, how many days do you think it would keep?

    Thank you!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You could! Cookie dough in the fridge should last 2-4 days. Another option is to bake the cookies and then once cooled, pop them in the freezer in an airtight container separated by sheets of wax paper. Pull them out and let them defrost when you are ready to frost the tops and they taste as fresh as when you baked them! They will stay good this way for up to 3 months.