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



Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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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; 5.2 g total fat; 31 mg cholesterol; 106 mg sodium. 20.2 g carbohydrates; 1.8 g protein; Full Nutrition


Rating: 4 stars
I should have paid more attention to the "barely set" note. They taste good but I plan to add some homemade lemon glaze to make them more lemony and add a sweeter zip! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Great recipe but would put more lemon zest and juice next time as it just vaguely faster like lemon Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These cookies are delicious!! I used the zest from two lemons, but I could’ve gone with more- I can’t get enough zip! My husband said they’re already zippy though They were really easy to make- I’ll definitely be baking these again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These cookies were a huge hit at work. So yummy yet lite. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These cookies are just great. I got a bit over 30 middle sized cookies from this recipe. They made the whole house smell like lemon cake. Just what we needed as the days are getting colder. Will definitely make these again. Thank you Read More
Rating: 3 stars
They were more cake like than cookie. Very lemony.. Read More