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Lemon Sugar Cookies

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
    about 11 dozen


  • 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


  • 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).
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 106 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • lvarner
    Mar 2, 2019

    This is a simple but very tasty cookie. It came together easily, and I loved that I didn't have to chill the dough before baking. They were quite delicious,and I loved the lemon flavor. They are nice and easy to make.

  • Foodie498
    Jul 14, 2015

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

  • LBurkey
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.