Chewy Lemonade Sugar Cookies

Published May 20, 2017. Updated November 8, 2018

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Lemonade Sugar Cookies are the perfect summer treat! Two of the best things collide, tart lemonade and sweet sugar cookies to create a fun, flavorful cookie everyone will love!

Chewy Lemonade Sugar Cookies

Lemonade in Sweet Chewy Cookie Form!

When I thought I’d already made every kind of lemon cookie under the sun…I was missing these frosted Chewy Lemonade Sugar Cookies! I’ve already shared a soft lemon sugar cookie so I thought I’d better share a chewy version for all the cake-like cookie haters :).

These cookies are so perfectly sweet and lemony so I decided to throw in the name “lemonade” because when I think of lemonade I think deliciously sweet and lemony.

And just like with lemonade you just can’t go wrong with these cookies! Sweet, tart lemon frosting over a chewy refreshing lemon cookie – I’m sold times three (meaning I’ll take three)!

Chewy Lemonade Sugar Cookies

How to Make Lemonade Cookies

  • Preheat oven. Line baking sheets.
  • Whisk dry ingredients.
  • Blend sugar and zest in an electric stand mixer.
  • Mix in butter.
  • Blend in eggs and vanilla.
  • Mix in dry ingredients.
  • Shape into balls and bake.
  • Cool and frost!

Chewy Lemonade Sugar Cookies

Try Them Chilled for a Refreshing Treat

These cookies are also delicious cold and on a hot summer day all we want is well chilled food right, so try it out and see what you think!

Try a Cream Cheese Frosting Too

These are also excellent with a lemon cream cheese frosting if you’d like to go that route just use 3 oz. soft cream cheese, 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp lemon juice.

Then chill it before frosting the cookies if needed to help firm it up a little. Which ever frosting you choose you’ll end with one irresistibly delicious cookie that will leave everyone craving more!

Chewy Lemonade Sugar Cookies

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Chewy Lemonade Sugar Cookies

These bright lemony cookies are are the perfect summer treat! Two of the best things collide, tart lemonade and sweet sugar cookies to create a fun, flavorful cookie everyone will love!
Servings: 32
Prep20 minutes
Cook30 minutes
Ready in: 50 minutes


Lemon Frosting


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment blend sugar and lemon zest for 30 seconds until sugar appears slightly yellow and is fragrant. 
  • Add butter and mix until combined. Mix in egg, then mix in egg yolk and vanilla extract. 
  • With mixer set on low speed slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  • Scoop dough out 1 1/2 Tbsp at a time and shape into balls (note that if dough is too sticky for you to work with you can chill for about 30 minutes if needed). 
  • Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner, spacing cookies 2-inches apart. 
  • Bake one sheet at a time in preheated oven 10 - 12 minutes (cookies should appear slightly under-baked). 
  • Remove from oven and allow to rest several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat until all of the dough has been used up. 
  • Once cookies are cool frost cookies with lemon frosting.
  • For the frosting: In the bowl of an electric stand mixer blend butter until smooth. 
  • Add in powdered sugar and lemon juice. Mix until slightly fluffy, while adding in cream to thin as needed.