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Giant Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Giant Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

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These wonderfully chewy cookies have a light lemon flavor from both the juice and zest. The sanding sugar on top adds sparkle and a bit of crunch. —Michael Vyskocil, Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 teaspoons coarse sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 340 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 147 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Beat in lemon peel and juice. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Shape 1/4 cupfuls of dough into balls. Place 6 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten to 3/4-in. thickness with bottom of a measuring cup. Lightly brush tops with water; sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  3. Bake 12-15 minutes or until light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight containers. Yield: 14 cookies.
Originally published as Giant Lemon Sugar Cookies in Taste of Home June/July 2014

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 340 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 147 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"Thank you Tmama71, Good cookie recipe. Please note: The individual lemon imparts the flavor and some lemons just are not that lemony , neither the juice nor the zest. Taste a drop before adding if it is not vey sour add more juice or get another lemon. You want a Eureka lemon not a Meyer. Also be sure the lemon is ripe the ones on stores generally are not. Hope this helps."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

"If you are looking for a lemony cookie, this isn't it. Even though the description says it has a "light" lemon flavor, that's an exaggeration."

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"looks delish...about the lemon flavour...what about adding some lemon extract to enhance the flavour"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"I'm giving it a 5-star rating because I substituted King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Baking Mix when I made these and they turned out great! I agree with Therapymom about more lemon juice. I added 3 tablespoons and still didn't have as much lemon-taste as I would prefer. So next round, I'll add 4 and see how it goes. Crispy outside and nicely chewy inside. Great cookie and glad the gluten-free flour mix worked well. I also love that no chilling was needed to make these."

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"I would've gave this recipe 5 stars if they weren't so sweet. I added more lemon juice and decreased the amount of sugar by 1/4 cup the second time that I made them. I also made them smaller than what the original recipe called for. Nice spin on traditional sugar cookies. My kids and family loved them!"

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