Lemon Sugar Cookies

Tis’ the season for sweets, treats and cookie exchanges! I am so excited to share with you a family recipe {from my great aunt} for lemon sugar cookies that I’m posting in honor of Fresh Direct’s 12 days of cookies on Instagram! I love these cookies so much because they are light and a great addition to a season filled with decadent treats plus they’re really easy to make!

Fun fact: My favorite part about making these cookies this time for this post is Fresh Direct had the prettiest pink lemons that I used in the recipe! I had never used them before but they have a really refreshing taste of a grapefruit and lemon combination and really were fun to use. I love being able to slightly change a recipe just with one ingredient. I think that grapefruit or orange sugar cookies would be an amazing type to try with the recipe too and will keep you posted how they turn out when I make them in the new year.


Lemon Sugar Cookies

Makes: 4 dozen cookies

Prep time: 5 minutes (plus chill time 5-10 minutes)

Cook time: 8-10 minutes

4 1/2 cups unsifted flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. salt

1 cup butter softened

1 cup regular sugar

2 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 tsp. lemon extract

The juice & zest of 2 lemons


Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add oil, lemon extract, lemon juice, and peel.  Add dry ingredients.  Mix well. Chill dough until firm. Roll into small balls and then roll the balls into sugar. Flatten with your palm and add to the baking sheet.


Bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown and the cookies are baked all the way through. Take them out of the oven and sprinkle more sugar on top before cooling. Let them rest on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack. Once cooled store them in an airtight container.


What’s your favorite holiday cookie to make and eat? I ‘d love to hear your favorite recipes and it can be like our own little cookie exchange on here!  Fresh Direct’s blog has more fun and festive recipes for the holiday and 11 other cookies from my favorite fellow instagrammers! Check it out here !





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