Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lemon Sugar Cookies

For the longest time I have wanted a zester/mircoplane and yesterday I finally found one on sale at Home Goods.  I was so happy in the store people were giving me weird looks, but that's ok because I now have a zester!!  I have been saving up recipes that need a zester and this was my first choice.  I love sugar cookies and I love lemons, so this recipe was a no brainer.  While making them, I loved how my kitchen smelled, like fresh lemons.  I had a serious problem keeping my fingers out of the cookie dough.  I think I ate about 4 cookies worth of dough, which normally I don't do, but I couldn't resist with these.  Needless to say, I was very excited to take them out of the oven, but I was patient and let the cookies cool.  I ate one faster then you can say "lemon sugar cookie!"  A little later, when I was taking pictures, I took a bit out of one for effect, but then couldn't resist taking another bite, and by then end of the photo shoot the cookie was gone. All I can say is good thing I went on a run today...

Lemon Sugar Cookies - Adapted from My Baking Addiction 
Yield about 3 dozen depending on size
1 Cups Butter, unsalted and room temperature
1 1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
Zest of 1-2 large lemons, I would recommend at least 1 1/2
4 Tablespoons of Fresh Lemon Juice
2 3/4 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
Extra sugar for rolling cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and whisk together. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth.
  4. Beat in the egg, vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms.
  6. Roll tablespoon size balls of dough in the extra sugar.  Place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes or until very lightly browned.
  8. Let cool, then ENJOY!


  1. I love their colour. It's like a pale sugar cookie...I would bite into these as or not!

  2. Those cookies look delicious! My cookies never quite look that good. Thanks for the recipe. The grand girls will love them.

  3. I've got some fresh lemons of the counter, think I may have to whip a batch of these up!

  4. Oh, these look so good-- perfect for a spring day! I love anything lemon. Wish I had some right now!

  5. Hi! I just posted to your recipe over at Tasty Kitchen. These look AMAZING! I love your photos!

    I'm like you... I need a ZESTER in the worst way! I don't have one. LOL! I will have one tomorrow. :)

  6. Wow! Those look amazing. I can only imagine what they taste like. Definitely going on the list of cookies to make and enjoy with the kids.

  7. That looks really great! I love sugar cookies and lemon, and can see these being such a huge hit!

  8. Oh wow.. I could never make these out of fear of eating them all in one sitting! Those look so good!

  9. Genius. Love lemons, love cookies, love sugar...these are calling my name!!

  10. These look perfect! So tart and sweet. Mmmmmm. My husband would adore these since he is a big lover of lemons. Happy First Day of Spring! :)

  11. ooh i love the color! i'm thinking of making one with cardamom, pistachio or rosewater against the stark white of this cookie. thanks for sharing.

  12. I have GOT to make these. I've got a ton of meyer lemon zest and juice just calling to me from my freezer begging to be made into something delicious. Looks like I've found what I'm looking for. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  13. I made these but forgot to roll the first batch (of four) in the sugar so I used some leftover frosting from the Sprinkles Strawberry Cupcakes I had made yesterday and they are just delicious!!

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