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Light, tangy, crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, soft lemon sugar cookies with a lemon glaze drizzle. Better than a bakery! If you love sugar cookies, see all of our recipes here.
If you know me at all, you know that I love my sweets. Mostly that means rich, chocolatey, desserts, filled with peanut butter, cookie dough, mint, Nutella, or some other crazy good combination. I have so many favorite dessert flavors. But, if I HAD to put them in a list, it would go something like this:
1: Peanut butter and chocolate/lemon/cookie dough/mint
Basically…I can’t decide.
If you’re wondering why lemon is up there with all the chocolate stuff, wonder no more. I love, love, LOVE lemon! Sometimes, depending on what mood I’m in, I’d rather have a sweet and tart lemon dessert than a Reese’s cake. Anyone else this way?
Lemon is a delicious flavor, and it’s not hard at all to conquer. You just need to know how to do it right. The cookies themselves only have a slight lemon flavor, mainly sweet. The flavor comes from a touch of lemon extract and lemon juice. We just used bottled lemon juice, but if you have a lemon, I’d definitely squeeze ½ tablespoon of juice. There’s nothing like fresh lemon juice.
The glaze over the top is what brings out the lemon flavor in a HUGE way. It’s tangy. It’s sweet. It’s lemon. With a few simple ingredients, you can bring these cookies to a whole new level. The glaze isn’t mandatory of course, but trust me. You want it.
These plain cookies are perfectly amazing, even though the glaze gives them more flair. These cookies are like our other sugar cookie recipe we have on the blog, but these are slightly adapted into what we think is the perfect sugar cookie. They’ve got a sort of crispness on the outside, and a warm, soft, center. And they stay soft, even after they’ve cooled. Biting into a sugar cookie is what comfort tastes like. And when it’s lemon flavored… well, let’s just say that you can’t get much better than that!
If you want, you can make these cookies a little smaller and serve them at a party or a get together. I would just make sure to check them in the oven earlier, because they might take less time to bake. Just think of how cute these mini cookies would be with the little sprinkles on top!! Be warned, though, you might want to make a lot. These Lemon Sugar Cookies are so addicting they’ll disappear before you know it!
I’ve made a similar recipe for years but with finely grated lemon rind and squeezed juice from the lemon I grate. It’s a little more work but it’s worth it.
Hi! salted or unsalted butter? thanks!
Could you clarify the amount of flour?
I followed the recipe to the letter but my dough was so crumbly I couldn’t keep it together. I had to add another 1/4 cup of melted butter and tablespoon of milk just to get it soft enough to stay together.
And what kind of sugar is the glass supposed to be dipped in? Powdered sugar or granulated? Did you dip the cup in water first to get granulated sugar to stick?
Those were just a few holes I found in the recipe when I was making it.