Lemon Sugar Cookies


I think I could make about 100 flavors of sugar cookies. They have always been one of my favorites and they really are quite versatile. I was hesitant to post this recipe because if I ever open a bakery in the future I want these lemon sugar cookies to be there. And now everyone will already have the recipe =). They are too good not to share. I adapted the recipe for these from my favorite Frosted Sugar Cookie recipe. I felt I finally found my idea of the perfect sugar cookie so now I can use it as the base to make other exciting flavors such as these.

lemon sugar cookies

These amazingly soft, frosted sugar cookies are bursting with fresh lemon flavor. They may transport you to summer for just a moment, even in the middle of a cold winters day. Lemon was never one of my favorite flavors growing up but it seems to be the older I get the more I love it. It adds a vibrant and lightly tart flavor, and it balances out the sweetness in many desserts, such as these. Don’t let too many days go by without making these cookies, these thick and fluffy Lemon Sugar Cookies should be on your must try asap list =). Enjoy!

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Lemon Sugar Cookies

5 from 1 vote


  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter , at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup all vegetable shortening (unflavored), at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 large lemon (1 Tbsp)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Lemon Frosting

  • 1/3 cup salted butter , at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 - 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • yellow food coloring or yellow sprinkles , optional


  1. In a bowl combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt and whisk for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whip together butter, shortening, sugar and lemon zest on medium speed until very pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes, occasionally scrapping down the sides of the bowl. Add in egg and mix until combine, then add egg white, lemon extract and vanilla extract and mix until combine. With mixer running, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combine. Transfer dough to an airtight container and refrigerate 2 hours. Preheat oven to 375 during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration.
  2. Scoop dough out an even 1/4 cup at a time and roll into a ball. Place dough ball on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle top lightly with flour, then using something flat and smooth (such as the storage container lid), press and evenly flatten dough to 1/2" thick (so you should have about a 2 2/3" - 2 3/4 " circular cookie). Transfer flattened dough to a Silpat lined cookie sheet (fitting 6 cookies per cookie sheet) and repeat process with remaining dough. Bake in preheated oven 9 - 11 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost with Lemon Frosting.
  3. For the lemon frosting:
  4. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, whip until frosting is smooth and fluffy. Mix in food coloring if desired or sprinkle cookies with yellow sprinkles.
  5. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • Shirley: Made your lemon sugar cookies. Liked that it didn’t have a lot of butter and the lemon zest was great. Cut hearts and they baked wonderfully. Very happy with them keeping their shape June 29, 2018 at 11:06am Reply

  • Ara: I just made these for our Easter celebration. They are WONDERFUL. I will be making them again.
    Thank you so much,
    Ara March 29, 2018 at 1:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for the great review! March 29, 2018 at 4:37pm Reply

  • Kathleen Grace: I tried this recipe yesterday and can honestly say these are some of the best sugar cookies I have ever tasted. My husband agrees. Thank you for the recipe, it’s going in the regular rotation at our house! February 12, 2016 at 8:15am Reply

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