During the summer, I probably go through 50 lemons easy.  I LOVE lemon in just about everything.  Today I decided to make an old recipe for lemon sugar cookies that I’ve had since my wedding in 2000.  These cookies are buttery, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, and very lemon forward.  If you like lemon, then read on for how to make these delicious lemon sugar cookies!

Rose of the City Bakes Lemony Lemon Sugar Cookies

They key here is the lemon.  You COULD substitute lemon extract but it’s just NOT the same.  I’ve tried it and I can taste the imitation flavor in the cookies.  These would be also be amazing you used Meyer lemons.  A Meyer lemon is basically a cross between a traditional lemon and an orange or mandarin and is a bit sweeter.  Personally I like the tartness of a traditional lemon so that’s what I’ve always used.


When I start baking these guys the kids buzz around like bees to honey.  The entire house starts smelling delicious the second I begin zesting the lemon and trust me when I tell you that they do not last very long in the container.  Within a couple of days they’re GONE!

There are so many ways that you can make these cookies because the dough is very versatile.  You could ice them with a lemon drizzle, you could use coarse sugar crystals for even more crunch OR use royal icing to decorate them however you like!

Let me know in the comments below if you try this recipe and what you think.  If you take photos tag me on Instagram @roseofthecity; I’d love to see how they turn out!

Lemony Lemon Sugar Cookies

  • Servings: “2
  • Difficulty: “Easy”
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Buttery, Crispy, Lemony Slices of Heaven!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 cups of flour
  • sugar to roll the dough in


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Using a stand mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time.
  4. Add lemon extract, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest until well combined.
  5. Mix together the baking soda, cornstarch and flour.
  6. Slowly add to dry ingredients to the wet until combined.
  7. Scoop with small scoop or rounded teaspoon.
  8. Roll into balls and then roll in sugar.
  9. Bake for about 7 minutes at 400°.


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