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

Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe from addapinch.com

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!

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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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Servings: 24 cookies
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks 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 350ΒΊ 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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  1. 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?

    1. If you click on where it says “lemon sugar recipe” in the ingredients it takes you to the instructions for the sugar. πŸ™‚

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. my mum-in-law gave me a bucket of lemons last week so I’m frantically looking for recipes to use them up – I blogged lemon bars the other day πŸ™‚

  5. 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!

  6. 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?


  7. 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. πŸ™

    1. 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

  8. 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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