Lemon Sugar Cookies
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5 from 1 vote

Lemon Deluxe Sugar Cookies

These adorable cookies present so nicely on your platter. The lemon flavor is very mild and they aren't extremely sweet. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Bakery
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kid friendly, lemon
Method: Bake
Skill Level: Intermediate
Servings: 24
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Marilyn Lesniak


The Cookies:

  • 1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • colored sprinkles
  • candy sprinkles

Lemon Buttercream Frosting:

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar plus more if needed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemons zest of
  • 7 tablespoons fresh lemon juice plus more if needed
  • 1 -2 drop of yellow liquid food coloring
  • candy sprinkles


The Cookies:

  • Mix thoroughly butter, powdered sugar, egg, and lemon extract. Blend in baking soda, cream of tartar, and flour. Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Divide the dough in half, and roll each half of dough 3/16" inch thick on a lightly floured or cloth-covered board.
  • Cut into desired shapes and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown on the edges.

The Lemon Buttercream Frosting:

  • In a food processor, process the powdered sugar and lemon zest until the zest in evenly incorporated, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the butter, and process until very well blended -- and smooth. Add 1 1/2 tsps lemon juice and food coloring, if using, and process till smooth and well blended. If necessary, add a bit more powdered sugar to stiffen the frosting or a bit more lemon juice to thin it so that is of spreading consistency.
  • Spread the frosting onto the cookies, apply the candy sprinkles. Let stand until the frosting completely sets -- at least 1 hour.


Store in a single layer or layered with wax paper in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 2 days. Refrigerate for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 2 months.
Recipe Source: The Thai Kitchen


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg