Soft Lemon Cookies from Scratch


These delicious cookies have a kick of lemon flavor, and they're made from scratch rather than a box mix like the majority of recipes out there. This recipe was created because I absolutely love lemon-flavored desserts, but have an allergy to artificial colorants and dyes used in food. Following this recipe as written, you can take comfort in knowing you're not feeding your children any artificial colorings.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
30 cookies


  • cooking spray

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest, preferably organic

  • 1 egg

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup powdered sugar (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar for sprinkling (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.

  2. Cream sugar and butter in a bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, egg, and vanilla extract; mix on low speed to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl to incorporate everything evenly.

  3. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Add to the sugar mixture slowly, mixing on low speed until just incorporated. Mix in the remaining 2 tablespoons flour.

  4. Place 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a small bowl. Scoop out teaspoonfuls of cookie dough, roll in powdered sugar, and place on the prepared baking sheet, 1 to 2 inches apart.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are light brown on the edges, 9 to 11 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 3 minutes on the cookie sheet. Transfer to a cooling rack and sprinkle with additional powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

91 Calories
3g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 58mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 14mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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