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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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"

MY REVIEW 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!"

keepinyouinstitches User ID: 2668277 117401
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"During baking some of the lemon flavor disappears, so in the future I'd do three teaspoons of lemon extract and no vanilla."

tamarachronister User ID: 1908061 52610
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"These cookies are so good! With real lemon flavor. I used all butter, a turkey egg, and Sugar in the Raw. My husband is the cookie monster and he agrees, they are great! This recipe is now in my personal recipe book!"

mybugisgreen User ID: 5542164 30135
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011


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