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Mom’s Lemon Sugar Cookies

These tender, soft sugar cookies have just a hint of lemon. If you like more lemon flavor, go ahead and kick it up a notch. It's also fantastic made with orange instead. —Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. per batch
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon zest and extract. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 7-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 88 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • wendy
    Dec 27, 2020

    This batter turned out thinner than any cookie recipe I've made before. Wasn't sure if I did anything wrong, but I believe I measured everything as listed. Cooked them as directed. They were like eating a little slice of lemon cake. I enjoyed them very much. Thanks for the recipe

  • Ceege
    Mar 25, 2019

    Stephanie, you need to add part of the flour, then part of the buttermilk (to the creamed mixture), then more flour, then more buttermilk and end up with flour last . So that is flour 3 times and buttermilk 2 times. I hope this helps your confusion.

  • Stephanie
    Mar 23, 2019

    I'm kind of confused. It says alternate adding flour

  • Jennifer
    Dec 17, 2018

    I like lemon cookies, so I just put in a little extra lemon zest. These cookies as stated are light and very tasty. My new favorite cookie!