These chewy lemon cookies use fresh lemon juice; An easy lemon sugar cookie recipe for summer. You’ll love this lemon cookie!
I bought myself a new maxi dress, so I guess I’m ready for summer.
I hope it helps, because this summer is just about more than I can handle already. My 16 year old is taking summer drivers ed and holding down 2 jobs, which is a lot, considering he can’t drive himself to these jobs, and my summer was already full before it even began.
I’m going to have to get myself some habits to keep it together… like carrying one of those sticks of sunscreen and some lipgloss and sunglasses everywhere I go.
And planning ahead so I’m not writing my recipe posts the night before they are to be published.
The worst part about that is that my first batch of lemon sugar cookies was a bit below my standards. Ugly, too soft, hard to make, sub-par. It’s a miracle I had time to photograph them!
Why does lemon seem so summery? Some fruits can feel at home in any season, but plain old lemon is a summer as it gets.
The lemon flavor in this cookie is subtle. I personally think it’s perfect the way it is, but if you like a little extra lemoney kick, you can whip up some lemon glaze by mixing powdered sugar and lemon juice. Just drizzle it over the top.
I love that freshness that the lemon flavor gives. These cookies are just perfect for a summer picnic, barbecue, or potlock. There’s nothing about them that melts or that has an overpowering flavor.
By the way, these are great with other citrus flavors, too. I have made these with fresh oranges and with fresh limes as well. Maybe next time, I’ll try it with grapefruit!
Grapefruit cookies and grapefruit lip gloss, that sounds like a great summer day to me!
Lemon Sugar Cookies
A soft sugar cookie with a light lemon flavor.
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1` teaspoon vanilla
- juice of 1 lemon *see notes
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups flour
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
Add lemon juice, salt, soda, and baking powder and mix well.
Add flour and mix until combined. Dough should be thick and crumbly.
Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
*This cookie has a VERY mild lemon flavor. Do NOT add extra lemon juice, or it will affect the texture of the cookie. For a stronger lemon flavor, add the zest of one lemon, or ½ teaspoon of lemon extract. You can also add a simple glaze made with lemon juice and powdered sugar.