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This is a fantastic lemon cookie recipe from scratch, making a batch of delicious, soft cookies with just a few lemons.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins
30 mins
1 hr
20 cookies


Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cream sugar, butter, and lemon zest together in a large bowl using an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

  • Combine eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a cup; mix using a fork until combined. Beat into egg mixture slowly on low speed.

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add to egg mixture slowly on low speed until just combined. Do not overbeat; dough will be sticky. Cover and chill dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes; it will still be sticky after chilling.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Form dough into balls using a cookie scoop or tablespoon and roll each in powdered sugar. Place onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Lightly smash each ball down using your hand.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the middle of each cookie is just barely set, 11 to 12 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack completely before storing in an airtight container.

Cook's Notes:

For more lemon flavor, add more zest.

Eight balls of dough will fit on a normal 9x13-inch baking sheet.

Nutrition Facts

133 calories; protein 1.8g; carbohydrates 20.2g; fat 5.2g; cholesterol 30.8mg; sodium 105.6mg. Full Nutrition