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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!

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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

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

4.7 from 56 votes

Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

Dessert 22 mins

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Servings 24 cookies
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Lemon sugar cookies recipe taste like you’ve taken a big bite out of summer! So fresh and delicious, it’ll become a favorite!


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • zest of two large lemons
  • juice of one large lemon about 1 tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup lemon sugar recipe for rolling cookies


  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
  • Cream together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and mix until well-combined.
  • 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.
  • Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon full and roll into a ball.
  • 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 1 1/2-inches to 2 inches apart. Lightly press each cookie down. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Recipe Review


    1. These cookies are so fragrant an lemony, buttery and chewy. They are divine with a coffee. My only amend will be to reduce sugar a little as for my tastes it is quite sweet. But that is completely subjective. The cookie dough comes together great. And so easy to form and bake. A seriously impressive cookie. Thanks

  1. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! If you are a lemon lover, or know one, this recipe will satisfy! So absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to find other uses for the lemon sugar too. I used my small cookie scoop and did slightly flatten the balls, which I did not do with my chocolate sugar cookies. That step makes all the difference. This is a keeper, and the kitchen smelled amazing!

  2. 5 stars
    Its a great sugar cookie recipe. However depending on where you are located you may want to chill the dough first for an hour or two if you’re like me and notice your cookies want to spread alot while baking …also a rounded tablespoon makes a huge cookie so I’d recommend like others and use a small cookie scoop to roll into smaller balls. Overall the taste is amazing.

  3. I absolutely love this recipe! So far I have made them twice andthey are a hit. My husband loves them. So grateful that I have a wonderful lemon tree in my backyard. I would definitely recommend them to my fellow lemon lovers😊

  4. I just made these with my mom and they’re fantastic. The recipe was very easy to follow and my family and I are going to enjoy them. Thank you so much for this great recipe!!!

  5. These cookies have such an explosion of lemon flavor. @Sunflower Bake Shop sells them out every week! One customer buys them by the full sheet pan. He buys as many as I can roll out. Yummm! Thank you

  6. 5 stars
    This is a lovely cookie – it was my uncle’s favorite of the cookies I’d bake when I visited! I do like to add an additional sprinkle of lemon sugar atop the cookies before baking.

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