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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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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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128 Comments

  1. Carrie says:

    Can you use cake flour?

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      I haven’t made these cookies with cake flour, so I’m not sure how they will turn out. I think they will still be fine, but the texture will be different than using all-purpose. You’ll have to let us know how they turn out if you use cake flour.

  2. Tammy Madsen says:

    5 stars
    These are so frigging delicious! I packed my lemon rind a bit too so they were nice and lemony. Oh man. I delivered variety trays of holidays cookies to friends and all were mostly exuberant about these of the 5 varieties!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Oh that makes us so happy to hear! Thanks for sharing. I’m glad the cookies were a hit!

  3. Maria says:

    Do you know if I could use cookie cutters with this recipe?

  4. Lora says:

    5 stars
    I love lemon and a great sugar cookie., so this one was a hit for me. I made them for the first time tonight and my husband and I love them.

  5. Lena says:

    5 stars
    So good!!! Def making these again!

  6. Patti Dunn says:

    5 stars
    Love them so much, tons of flavor.
    Do you know if you can make them gluten free?

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      I haven’t tried, but I imagine you could use a gluten free flour instead. If you do, you’ll have to let us know how they turn out.

      1. LISA M GURECKI says:

        5 stars
        YUM-MY!!! They are amazing! I did subsitute cake flour for 1/2 cup of regular flour and topped them with powdered sugar instead of frosting. Next time… FROSTING.
        So yummy!

  7. Emily Welsh says:

    5 stars
    They were somewhere between a cupcake and a cookie. AMAZING, and so pretty! I will be making these for the rest of my life.

  8. Paula says:

    5 stars
    These cookies are DELICIOUS! I usually don’t bake cookies I only bake cakes. My word I found a new recipe and it’s a keeper! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us. XOX

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You’re welcome!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the cookies!

  9. Kelli U. says:

    I love lemon. I make lemon bars gor me and my daughter and grandson. I’m going to make these this weekend and I’m making a second batch but in orange!!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Hope you enjoyed the cookies! The orange is delicious too!

  10. Stephanie Everett says:

    5 stars
    These cookies are seriously good!
    I’ve made them twice already! Getting ready to make another batch! Everyone loves them!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Yay! I’m so glad to hear that they are a hit!