Lemon sugar cookies on a plate with a glass of milk, lemons, and more cookies in the background.

Easy Lemon Cookies

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Total Time: 41 minutes
  • Yield: 18-20 cookies


Soft and chewy lemon cookies made with real lemon zest! This easy lemon cookie recipe is filled with bright, fresh flavors, perfect for spring baking.


  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups (285g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) lemon extract
  • 2 medium lemons, zested
  • 3 ½ cups (420g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking sheet.
  2. Combine the butter with the sugar and beat on medium speed until well creamed together.
  3. Add the eggs, lemon extract, and lemon zest. Mix into the butter and sugar until the eggs are well beaten.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients. Slowly add into the dough and beat on medium-low speed until well combined and dough forms.
  5. Use a large cookie scoop to portion out the dough. Roll each ball of dough in the granulated sugar then place the dough about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350° F for 10-12 minutes. Allow cookie to cool on the baking sheet for several minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely


Storing and Freezing

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for one week.
  • Baked cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost the cookies at room temperature.
  • Cookie dough can also be frozen. Portion out the dough ahead of time, do not roll in sugar, and flash freeze on a cookie sheet for about 30 minutes. Then transfer the balls of cookie dough to a freezer-friendly airtight container or Ziploc bag (remove excess air). Thaw to room temperature prior to baking, and roll in granulated sugar. 

Nutrition Information:
1 cookie
15.7 g
98.7 mg
9.9 g
31 g
0.6 g
2.7 g
43 mg
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American