Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies

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There is something about sunny spring weather that gets me thinking about fresh citrus flavors.  These Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies are a perfect spring treat!  And these cookies are so delicious, and simple to make, I know I’ll be making them all though the year!

These sweet and chewy cookies have a subtle lemon flavor, and just the perfect amount of crisp on the outside.  Everyone in my house loved them!!

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Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies

Yield: 30-36 cookies

Sweet, rich and chewy cookies with a subtle lemon flavor.


2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
Zest of 2 lemons (2-3 teaspoons zest)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup granulated sugar (or sanding sugar), for rolling cookies


1. Preheat oven to 350*F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat type baking mats.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar and blend until fully incorporated.

4. Add lemon zest, egg, vanilla and lemon juice and blend until fully combined.

5. While mixing on low, slowly pour in the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix just until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.

6. Use a 2 Tablespoon sized cookie scoop to scoop dough. Roll balls of dough in a small bowl with sugar, then place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

7. Bake cookies 8-9 minutes or until cookies are set around the edges and slightly puffy. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

Note - Roll the cookies in white or light yellow sanding sugar (versus granulated sugar) for a bit of extra sparkle. Sanding sugar is sold in most craft stores near the cake decorating items.

Recipe Source - Rock Recipes via My Baking Addiction.

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These simple, yet delicious Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies are one of my new favorite cookies!  They’re a perfect lunch box or picnic treat, or a delicious addition to any cookie tray.

Love cookies?  Try a few of my other favorites…

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


Chocolate Crinkles

Cowboy Cookies

Happy  baking!!


  1. These cookies look so yummy!! love the recipe!

  2. These are perfect! I am SO craving Lemon cookies. LOVE these!!

  3. Love the look of these cookies, am on a lemon kick at the moment! Made lemon squares for the first time this weekend, these might have to be next!

  4. It’s a rainy day here in Christchurch, New Zealand. I needed some sunshine and just made these to have with a cup of tea – delicious! Thank you for sharing your lovely recipes Glory!

  5. These sound totally amazing! I’ve been craving a lemon dessert lately…plus, I haven’t made cookies in a while!

  6. I did not used to like lemon, but now that I do, these sound wonderful! I think they would be good to ship to my son at college, also. Thank you!

  7. yum….a cookie without royal…that’d be a wonderful change in my house! I can tell they would be perfectly chewy…

  8. I love lemon flavored cookies, especially when they’re soft and chewy like these ones. And coated in a light layer of sanding sugar? Sounds delicious!

  9. I’ve been a bit obsessed with lemon lately, so I decided to give these a try. They are PERFECT! They are so soft and chewy, with the perfect amount of lemon flavor. And with it being such an easy recipe, I will definitely be making these again and again! They turned out exactly how I hoped they would. Thanks for such a great recipe!

  10. I’m obsessed with lemon right now! It’s actually every man’s favorite in my family (my dad, my brother, my significant other), and they all request some sort of lemon treat for their birthday. With one birthday in July, one in August, and one in September, I’m going to need a lot of lemon recipes to make them happy and feel special! Love the idea of chewy cookies coated in sugar. I’m sure all of them would be absolutely thrilled!

  11. Hi Glory! Made these cookies last night. Delicious! However, mine seemed to spread out more which made them flat. The flavor, however, was awesome! I made some notes to roll them smaller next time. My husband/daughter loved them!

  12. Yum! Britt loves lemon flavored treats and so I will be making these for him some time soon. Thanks for the recipe! Love you!

  13. There are times I’m not in the mood for a chocolate cookie, gasp, and I want something clean and fresh. These sound perfectly refreshing and delightful!

  14. made these yesterday! my family and friends loved them! there’s not even one left! definitely making them again soon… thank you so much for all your great recipes! they never fail..

  15. I made these today and they were yummy! The dough was really crumbly and I had to bring it together with my hands but it worked out just fine. I also flattened the tops of the cookies before I put them in the oven to get them to look just like your finished product 🙂 I’ve pinned the recipe for quick retrieval! Thanks for sharing.

  16. OMG ….I made these this morning and I have to say…..THE BEST EVER LEMON COOKIE! Thanks for sharing this deeeeeeeelicious recipe!

  17. I’m loving everything lemon right now and these sound incredible! I’m soooo making these next week!

  18. I love anything citrus. These look delicious! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  19. I don’t know how I missed this recipe! These look so perfect!!

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  21. I made these yesterday and they turned out perfectly. As a previous person mentioned I flattened the ball slightly and it didn’t ruin the shape at all. I even used yellow sanding sugar to roll them in and it gave them a nice yellow tint. I must say the taste on these is beautiful. Yet another great recipe Glory!

  22. I made these tonight and just like others, I love the flavor…so yummy! Mine also flattened out and do not look like the picture. I would like to make them again and am wondering what I might do differently next time. I am at a higher altitude, and don’t know if that makes a difference. Any suggestions?

  23. Made these cookies, just now ! I also flattened the top they look amazing and they are soooo good !
    Thank you ,

  24. Made these last night. By far the best lemon cookie I’ve ever had and one of the best cookies I’ve ever had in general. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  25. hi!
    are the 2-3 teaspoons of zest of lemon for the two lemon together or 2-3 teaspoons for each lemon?

  26. This has to be one of my absolute FAVE recipes from your blog!! Thanks for sharing your recipes with us!!

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