Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

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These are my favorite sugar cookies. The lemon adds a unique flavor. They sure are good with coffee when company comes. —Eula Forbes, Wagoner, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:66 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 66 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Additional sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 106 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugars and oil until blended. Beat in eggs and extract. Combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; stir into butter mixture (dough will be stiff).
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press with bottom of a glass dipped in water, then in sugar. Bake 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Yield: about 11 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Sugar Cookies in Country Extra March 1995, p47

Sweet White Wine

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

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Foodie498 User ID: 8449754 229581
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2015

"Good but not the consistency I was looking for. Will try again using all granulated sugar."

LBurkey User ID: 3719865 220761
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"These sugar cookies are light and heavenly. I have also added almond flavoring in place of the lemon, and that too, is good. My family loves them and they are easier than regular sugar cookies. This one is a keeper."

DakotaDaughter User ID: 7317906 218529
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"Recipe name is misleading. These are sugar cookies. Previous reviewer is right. Recipe is ok but nothing to be listed in T of H. If I made them again I would add a tsp of vanilla and half tsp of salt. I didn't have extract so added a tablespoon of lemon. I would double it next time. To make them a little prettier I rolled them in my hands and dipped in sugar. I am a snowbird in AZ and had forgotten my wonderful sugar cookie recipe in ND. I didn't hesitate to check T of H, but this one disappointed."

TNbluffbaker User ID: 46423 216091
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"These were easy to make, but my family didn't care for the taste of the lemon extract. I'll definitely make them again, but substitute fresh lemon juice and zest for the extract."

cdoyle5641 User ID: 8116922 8996
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"Tried these for the first time today. Only made a 1/2 batch and got 4 dozen. Unfortunately, they taste flat with only a slight lemon taste (even though I added a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice and also some lemon zest). Just realized that there is no salt or vanilla in this recipe. Will try next time with a bit of salt and some vanilla extract. May also add some sugar sprinkles to the top for added sweetness."

PatVanAntwerp User ID: 2678879 69062
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"I made these today and only got 7dozen. Added zest from 1 lemon and they still did not not taste lemony at all."

VeeVonne User ID: 7789564 40312
Reviewed May. 10, 2014

"I have made these cookies for years. Only I put Almond (pure) flavoring in mine. I am going to try it with lemon next time however. Love them.....and it's a very OLD recipe which surprized me."

Karmarose User ID: 7299686 201608
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"I took the reviews suggestions and added like a 1/2 tsp more lemon extract.I also just did drop cookies with them and made a lemon glaze to put on them with confectioners sugar,milk and lemon extract instead of the sugar,they were soooo delicious !!!!!"

suekg User ID: 3417903 15302
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

"I don't know if its because I beat the dough a lot or what but these just melt in your mouth! Maybe use lemon juice instead of water for the sugar dip."

Ridgeline7 User ID: 7196161 14857
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2013

"These are my 'go to cookie' ! easy and fast. Everyone loves them. They are great when you have to take a bunch of cookies to a function or as a Thank You."

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