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Crisp Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

Crisp Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Crisp Lemon Sugar Cookies

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Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

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

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."

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!"

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"

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"Delicious cookie. Tasty with ice cream or sherbet"

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."

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Perfect! My new favorite!"

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."

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!"

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011


Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"Have we had butter flavored shortening 40 years--or is this a new update from the original?"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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