4 lemon sugar cookies on a white plate with a glass of milk and milk jar in the back
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5 from 3 votes

Lemon Sugar Cookies

It's not the holidays without Sugar Cookies and these Lemon Cut-Out Cookies are perfect for your holiday dessert tray.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 17 mins
Course: Christmas Cookies, cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon sugar cookies, sugar cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 135kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen



  • 2 cups + 1 tablespoon all purpose flour (268 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 zest lemon
  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)* (170 grams)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 grams)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

*If you use unsalted butter then add 1/4 teaspoon salt.

    Lemon Sugar

    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (50 grams)
    • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest


    • 1/2 cup powdered / icing sugar (62 grams)
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1-2 tablespoons milk / cream or lemon juice (or a mixture)


    • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and zest. set aside.
    • In the stand up mixer using the flat beater cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla and lemon juice and combine.
    • Add the whisked flour mixture and combine. Move to a lightly floured flat surface and gently form into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
    • Then roll the dough into 1/4 inch thick (or a little thicker if you wish) and cut with round cookie cutter or cutters of choice. Place the cookies on parchment paper lined cookie sheets and chill for 15 minutes.
    • Pre-heat oven 350F (180C).
    • Sprinkle with plain or lemon sugar. Bake in pre-heated oven for about 7-9 minutes.
    • Let cool on cookie sheets for approximately 2-3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Drizzle with glaze if desired. Enjoy!


    • In a small bowl combine the sugar and zest by rubbing together.


    • In a small bowl mix together until smooth, icing sugar, vanilla, cream, milk or lemon juice, should be quite thick. (if you want it thicker add more powdered sugar/icing sugar).


    Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg