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Lemon Butter Cookies

These tender cutout cookies have a slight lemon flavor that makes them stand out from the rest. They're very easy to roll out compared to other sugar cookies I've worked with. I know you'll enjoy them as much as we do. —Judy McCreight, Springfield, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 13 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Colored sugar, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, milk and extract. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and chill for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-in. cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.
  • Bake until the edges just begin to brown, 8-9 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 70 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 55mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • cindiak
    May 19, 2020

    I love these cookies. These days, I'm all about lemon and they had the perfect amount of lemon flavor and held their shape well during baking.

  • Jane
    Mar 20, 2019

    I used this recipe for large cookies shaped like wedding dresses for a shower. It was easy to work with and the cookies came out beautifully (large cookies w/ a recipe that includes a lot of butter sometimes don't). Also: delicious.

  • Diane
    Apr 10, 2018

    Would I be able to mail these overseas? Looking for new flavors to send my military daughter.Thanks

  • Shannon
    Jan 25, 2018

    I would have to rework this one, as it doesn't need to have the baking powder and soda and they don't sound too buttery with 4 cups of flour and only 1 cup of butter, but if you have the A-typical american sweet tooth I'm sure these are great..

  • 2124arizona
    May 8, 2017

    I use a star cookie cutter for these with yellow sugar. The dough is easy to roll out and the lemon flavor is not overpowering.

  • LouBerrymore
    Sep 4, 2014

    They are easy to make. I didn't use a cookie cutter. I rolled them into tiny balls and pressed them with a cup. I think they need soething extra like a glaze but my neighbour thinks they are great as is.

  • tapenn
    Mar 22, 2013

    No comment left

  • deb319
    Dec 10, 2009

    I have had this recipe for quite some time now. This has got to be the best cutout cookie recipe I've made. I have subbed other flavors for the Lemon many times.