Lemon Sugar Cookies 

by Michelle Jones, Cookie Club Editor

Recipe Courtesy of www.CookieClubRecipes.com

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. 


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. 

Soften butter in microwave for 10 seconds.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together sugar and butter until light and creamy. 

Add egg and mix until combined, then add grated lemon peel and vanilla.  

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

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

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.

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.


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

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