Crisp Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Crisp Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

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I have had this recipe for about 40 years, and in that time I've made a few changes. These cookies are my husband's favorite, so I bake them for him almost every week. One of my daughter's friends still remembers having these special treats when she stopped in on her way home from school. -Dollie Ainley, Doniphan, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:39 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 39 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Additional sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 96 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 87mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, milk and extracts. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  2. Shape into 1-in. balls or drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.
  3. Bake at 400° for 9-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Immediately remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 6-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Crisp Lemon Sugar Cookies in Reminisce May/June 2001, p49

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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susancat2 User ID: 8292747 264029
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2017

"These cookies are wonderful. I am always looking for lemon recipes to treat my Mother with. I admit... we are sharing this first batch! Next time I will double."

[email protected] User ID: 1634700 258388
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2016

"To everyone who wonders, Crisco makes a shortening with butter."

Tom User ID: 8985567 258133
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2016

"I made these cookies for the first time this morning. They are absolutely wonderful. The only thing I would comment on is I must have made mine bigger then the recipe called for, although we didn't think they were very large. I ended up with 33 cookies. I will double the recipe next time but they are very yummy and easy to make. I give them 5 stars."

kdcannon User ID: 1581550 244434
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"Do you have to use butter flavored shortening??"

Marykauhi User ID: 6011692 241129
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"Best Crisp Lemon cookie I ever tasted. Made it following recipe, again without sugar topping, again with finely chopped pecans. All were first place winners."

Sbhill1 User ID: 7411106 231338
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"These cookies are outstanding! Made the recipe exactly as written, but only yielded 3 dozen. This recipe is definitely a keeper!"

_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 225971
Reviewed May. 6, 2015

"These are absolutely heavenly!

They are lemony and crisp with a sugar ,topping and you couldn't ask for more in a lemon cookie!
Nancy Foust (_nlfPA)
Field Editor PA"

Vonrid User ID: 3962049 217051
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"Delicious cookie. Tasty with ice cream or sherbet"

[email protected] User ID: 2350474 214381
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"I love these lemon cookies. I am baking my Christmas cookies ahead and freezing them so I won't be so rushed later on. This is the first time I have baked these but I will bake them again."

Linda_from_NH User ID: 993489 85525
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Perfect! My new favorite!"

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