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Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies

Chewy lemon sugar cookies are a bright and sugary treat the whole family will love to indulge in. Chewy sugar cookies are given a tart lemony zing with loads of fresh lemon zest, lemon juice, and lemon extract.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 132kcal
Author Lauren
Cost $4.55 / 13¢ PER COOKIE


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar divided
  • 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs


  • PREPARE: Preheat the oven to 350˚F and move the oven rack to the middle position. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  • MAKE LEMON SUGAR COATING: Pulse 1 teaspoon of lemon zest with ½ cup of sugar in a food processor 6 times. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and set aside.
  • COMBINE THE DRY INGREDIENTS: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • COMBINE THE WET INGREDIENTS: Use an electric mixer on medium speed to beat the butter and 1 ½ cups sugar for 3-5 minutes (mixture should be light and fluffy). With the mixer on medium-low, add the vanilla, lemon extract, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon lemon zest, followed by the eggs. Mix until just combined.
  • FINISH THE DOUGH: With the mixer on low, gradually add the dry ingredients into the bowl and mix until the dry ingredients are just incorporated. Scrape down the sides as needed and make sure the ingredients have fully combined.
  • SHAPE DOUGH BALLS: Scoop about 1 tablespoon of dough at a time and roll into balls (you may need to wet your hands). Roll the balls into the lemon sugar mixture and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Gently flatten the center of ball using the bottom of a spoon or your thumb. Continue another 12 times, keeping the cookies about 2 inches apart.
  • BAKE: Bake the cookies in the prepared oven for 8-10 minutes, one sheet at a time. Chill the dough between batches.
  • COOL: Allow the cookies to cool for 2 minutes on the pan before transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.


Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Calcium: 9mg