Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

Lemon sugar cookies recipe taste like you’ve taken a big bite out of summer! So fresh and delicious, it’ll become a favorite!

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I always love bright, citrus flavors, especially in the summertime. Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, I can’t seem to get enough of them! Add them to a cookie and you better believe I’m all about it!

I’ve been making this lemon version of my sugar cookie recipe for years and years and every time I take them to an event or to friends, I’m asked for the recipe and how to make them. They are packed full of so much lemon flavor!

So, if you love citrus flavors and sugar cookies, then this recipe is definitely one you are going to love! They are perfect for summer entertaining or enjoying with your family.

The secret really comes down to the lemon in the cookie and then rolling them in lemon sugar. It makes for the perfect citrus-y cookies in my opinion!

Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe from addapinch.com

Here’s my Lemon Sugar Cookies recipe. I hope you love them!

4.7 from 6 reviews
Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Lemon sugar cookies recipe taste like you've taken a big bite out of summer! So fresh and delicious, it'll become a favorite!
Serves: 24 cookies
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • zest of two large lemons
  • juice of one large lemon, about 1 tablespoon
  • ¼ cup lemon sugar recipe for rolling cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
  2. Cream together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and mix until well-combined.
  3. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice. Allow to sit for about 3 minutes to allow lemon flavor to develop.
  4. Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon full and roll into a ball.
  5. Add lemon sugar to a large bowl for rolling cookie dough in before baking. Place each ball of cookie dough into the bowl of lemon sugar and roll to coat well. Place cookie dough onto baking sheet, spacing about 1½-inches to 2 inches apart. Lightly press each cookie down. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Robyn xo


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  1. 1

    Mary says

    You are making me into a lemon lover…but stay away from my tea and fish!!! This cookie looks so goood! Thanks for sharing!

  2. 4

    PatK says

    These were amazing! I used my leftover lemon sugar to sweeten my cup of hot tea and had it with my lemon cookies for an afternoon treat! Thank you!

  3. 5


    My daughter loves anything lemon so I am always on the look out for NEW recipes. Thank you. I am baking a lemon cake right now for dessert after dinner this evening.

  4. 6

    Heather says

    Ms. Robyn
    The Lemon cookies…one word. Phenomenal !
    They were gone in 15 minutes. My family loved them.
    Thank you for such a fabulous recipe. XoXo

    • 10

      donna giblin says

      I freeze my dough all the time…this one included. I usually put it into a blob into the center of plastic wrap, then shape it into a log. Roll it up in the plastic wrap. then I wrap in foil (prefer heavy duty) and then stick it into a zip lock bag. I always make a double batch of any dough I make so I can always wipe up a quick dessert if needed.

  5. 11

    Kim Honeycutt says

    I really like lemon squares and cookies. These sound so good.

    How do you store them and about how long do you think they will keep? Pinning it!!

  6. 13


    I just printed Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe. It calls for Lemon Sugar but no recipe on how to make it. Could Robyn Stone send it to us?

    • 14

      Maggie says

      If you click on where it says “lemon sugar recipe” in the ingredients it takes you to the instructions for the sugar. :)

  7. 15

    judy says

    I made these yesterday and they are delious but they did not stay in the shape in the picture they came out very flat and runny

  8. 16

    Tracy says

    These came out delicious. I didn’t even roll in lemon sugar. They kind of stuck together but that’s okay, ant eat just one anyway!

  9. 19


    I just made these yesterday and they came out delish! I’m going to add this to my stack of go-to recipes for when I need to whip up something easy & awesome. Next time I make these, I think I’ll try it w/limes.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. 20

    Susan says

    The dough and sugar taste awesome! I’m planning on making these cookies for a tailgate tomorrow. My only problem is that the dough is so runny I cannot manage to roll them. I’ve added flour trying to make the dough manageable but that has not done much. Any suggestions?


  11. 21

    Tiffany says

    I just made these. The taste is sooo good. The dough was super sticky, so I placed the dough in the freezer for 30minutes, since more flour could’ve made the cookies dry. The cookies came out still sticky, but I still baked them, and they came out like a flat saucer. Maybe it was just my luck. :(

    • 22

      Jean says

      That’s what happened to me but I added more flour and didn’t refreg them My turned out good… Try more flour next time
      My zest for the top off cookies came out like water so I didn’t use it

  12. 23

    Rainy says

    Sooo yummy! I put my zest into my nutribullet blender along with 3 smallish, organic strawberries. I added the lemon juice to this mix, and then creamed it into the butter/sugar/egg mixture before I added the dry ingredients. I then finished preparing the cookies as directed. These ‘strawberry lemonade’ cookies are super adorable and deliciously sweet and tart!

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