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Lemon Sugar Cookies

Hello Tatertots & Jello friends! I’m Melissa from No. 2 Pencil.


Today I have one of my new favorite cookie recipes to share. These Super Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies are perfect for spring.

Super Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies

A soft sugar cookie with a hint of lemon and a rich lemon cream cheese frosting. If you are a lemon lover like me, you need to try these cookies! You may also want to try the Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake I shared recently. It makes a delicious make-ahead dessert.

Super Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies

Super Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies

Makes about 14 large cookies


  • 1 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of softened butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of pure lemon extract
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of softened butter
  • 4 oz of room temperature cream cheese
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of kosher salt



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine sugar and butter, and beat with paddle attachment until fluffy.
  4. Add egg, vanilla and lemon extract and continue beating until combined.
  5. Add flour mixture and stir just until combined.
  6. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed.
  7. Roll two tablespoons of cookie dough into a ball and place on baking sheet.
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until edges are golden. Don’t over bake.
  9. Let cool and frost.
  10. Sprinkle cookies with additional lemon zest.
  11. To prepare frosting, using the paddle attachment, beat butter, powdered sugar, and pinch of salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  12. With mixer still running, add in vanilla extract.
  13. Divide cream cheese into 4 cubes and drop them into the mixture one at a time until well combined.


Super Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies

Please let me know if you try these cookies! I know you will love them. Thanks for letting me share, Jen!



Thanks Melissa! Those cookies look so yummy! Lemon sugar cookies do sound perfect for spring. I’m thrilled to have Melissa as one of my amazing contributors this year! She has tons of great ideas on her blog, No. 2 Pencil. Here are a few recent recipes of hers that I love:


I love this Warm Vanilla Sugar Scrub she shared! It would make a perfect gift for any occasion!


I love a meal that is all in one pot! This One Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta looks SO good!


And, this Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake looks so moist and yummy! It would make a perfect Springtime treat!

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I just can’t wait to see what other amazing things Melissa shares with us this year!
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  1. I made these, but the dough was really sticky. I needed to add about twice as much flour.

  2. Those look amazing Melissa! I can’t wait to make them!

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  3. Thank you for letting me share, Jen! xo
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  4. Awwwww the look good!
    L x
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  5. Oh my, those lemon cookies look AMAZING!!! I am definitely going to try your recipe, thanks for sharing!
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