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Lemon Sugar Cookies

Holiday Lemon Sugar Cookies at CookieClubRecipes!

Lemon Sugar Cookies 
by Michelle Jones, Cookie Club Editor
Recipe Courtesy of

Category: Desserts, Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus 1 hour chill time
Level: Easy to Bake
Yield: 2 Dozen Cookies

These sugar cookies are soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Quite a combination and quite delicious. Impossible to eat just one. If you're gifting or feeding a crowd you'll want to double this recipe. Cookie dough will store in the freezer nicely for later baking. 

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3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. unsalted butter
1 large egg
1-2 T. grated lemon peel (1 lemon)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Holiday colored sugar crystals, nonpareils, or sprinkles (if desired - these sugar cookies are wonderful all by themselves) 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

melting butter in the microwave

Soften butter in microwave for 10 seconds.

cream together butter, sugar, lemon peel and vanilla

In a large mixing bowl, beat together sugar and butter until light and creamy. Add egg, mix until combined, then add grated lemon peel and vanilla.  

add flour, salt, baking powder and soda

In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking powder and soda. Add to butter mixture one-third at a time. 

chill or freeze cookie dough

Place dough in airtight container and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, or in freezer for later baking. 

roll cookies in holiday colored sugar or sprinkles

When you are ready to bake cookies, shape chilled dough into 1-inch balls. Roll into holiday colored sugar or sprinkles, if desired. For plain sugar cookies, roll into (or sprinkle with) regular granulated sugar.

press cookies flat with bottom of glass

Place cookies 2 inches apart on non-stick or lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten with bottom of a glass.

Bake cookies for 10 minutes. Not a minute longer. 

Remove from oven and transfer cookies immediately to cool on wire rack.

remove cookie to cooling rack

These are the plain sugar cookies I made with the same batch of Lemon Sugar Cookie dough (photos above and below). No holiday sprinkles needed, just a little sugar. They melt in your mouth. YUM!!!

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Adapted from Cookie Club member submitted recipe Lemon Sugar Cookies by AW, 2011 Annual Cookie Club Recipe Cookbook, pg 84.