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Soft Lemonade Cookies

I remember my mother making these cookies. They just go perfectly with warm days. They're so lovely and moist, you won't be able to stop eating them. —Margo A. Neuhauser, Bakersfield, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    6 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup thawed lemonade concentrate
  • 1/2 cup thawed lemonade concentrate
  • Additional sugar


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture alternately with 1/3 cup lemonade concentrate, beating well after each addition.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 8 minutes. Remove to wire racks. Brush with 1/2 cup lemonade concentrate; sprinkle with sugar. Cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 117 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • charlotte
    Feb 8, 2021

    I had this recipe in the middle to late 60's. Made them frequently for my daughter back then. So good.

  • Janet
    Jun 18, 2020

    Love these cookies. I've seen a couple of reviews saying there's not a lot of lemon flavor. But there have also been reviews saying they were great and lemon-y. I just added some lemon juice in my cookie dough for fun, and my cookies were very lemon-y. To be honest though, it could have turned out great w/o the lemon juice but I don't know. If you are worried about lemon flavor though, I would recommend some lemon juice. These are the best cookies. I didn'y have enough sugar so I used a little bit of brown sugar and it worked. At the end, I sprinkled powdered sugar on the cookies. My end result, was delicious! Fantastic! Awesome! Definitely recommend. :)

  • Nancy
    May 16, 2018

    These cookies are so good they would be taxed in California and New York. :-) Easy to make and light and fluffy when you eat them.

  • 0mickie0
    Jun 22, 2016

    These cookies were really easy to make and tasted great. The lemony flavor was easy for me to identify. And the cookie itself was moist and soft. As for the person (Jenna092) who commented on these cookies NOT being lemonade cookies, really? The recipe is made with lemonade hence the name "Lemonade Cookies".

  • Jenna092
    May 10, 2016

    These cookies were very good, but they are not lemonade cookies. Only when I told someone that there was lemonade did they get a hint of the lemon flavoring. They are great sugar cookies, but would need lemon extract in order to be called lemonade cookies.

  • cbenne12
    Oct 8, 2015

    Very nice cookies. Not really a whole lot of flavor to them, though.

  • Sue Zappa
    Jul 22, 2015

    Been making these delicious, lemony delights since the recipe first appeared in TOH in April 1996! The only thing I change in the recipe is reduce the sugar in the cookie to 3/4 cup. This brings out the zing of the lemon flavor even more! Yum!

  • jawarnken
    Jul 10, 2015

    These cookies are amazing! They are so tender, they seem to melt in your mouth. My son and I love anything lemon, so are crazy about these; my husband and daughter don't really care much for lemon, but even they like these cookies quite a lot. Easy to make, delicious to eat!

  • lauripobanz
    Jul 10, 2015

    I tried these out this morning. The only change I made was to use Limeade concentrate as I was out of lemonade. Oh, I added some lemon chips that I was looking for a use for as well. They spread out a bit more than pictured, but it didn't affect the taste which was very good, and I'm picky about my flavors. I think they will be even better after a day or two.

  • delowenstein
    Dec 1, 2014

    I recall using this recipe when it was featured in Taste of Home. I adjusted the recipe by using 1 tsp. salt. I also greased the baking sheets used! I'd taken the cookies to the Fellowship Coffee Time at our Chapel and they were enjoyed! delowenstein