This recipe comes from an old cook book we had growing up. It’s tattered and worn with lots of use. I don’t make these cookies often enough. They’re tasty and you can adjust the recipe easily to change the flavours subtly and add icing.

Simple Lemon Sugar Cookies

Simple Lemon Sugar Cookies

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2- 1 tbsp Lemon or other citrus Zest
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg, unbeaten
  • 2 tbsp Milk (I use almond)
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  1. Preheat oven to 400′
  2. In large bowl blend together butter, salt, zest and sugar.
  3. Beat in egg and milk.
  4. Stir in flour, baking powder and soda.
  5. Either roll out and cut shapes or roll into balls and then flatten slightly with the bottom of a round cup. Place on lightly grease cookie sheet.
  6. Sprinkle cookies with nutmeg or sugar or dust with icing sugar or leave plain if you’ll add icing later.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light golden. Don’t overbake!!
  8. Cool on a rack.

Simple Lemon Sugar Cookies

Quick Citrus Icing

  • 1/2 cup Icing Sugar
  • 1 tsp Lemon or other citrus Zest
  • 1/2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Water
  1. Combine all and blend until smooth. If too thick, add a bit more juice. Ice cookies when they’re cool.

7 Responses to Simple Lemon Sugar Cookies

  1. Rochelle says:

    Sounds wonderful! I will give them try!

  2. Kate says:

    yum, yum, yum! Thanks for the recipe:)

  3. Mickey S says:

    This is a simple-er one than mine so you know what that means? ?? ?? ?
    Out with the old and in with the older recipe that is!

  4. Love lemon anything. I hope to make these tomorrow! Thanks Annie for sharing such wonderful recipes.

  5. dancingdragonfly says:

    I too love anything lemon. I will be making these soon. I always use rice milk as I have not always had success with almond so go to know it worked with almond. I love the lime cookies you also posted.

  6. Dawn Suzette says:

    These look like they are just the thing for this snowy day!
    And did I mention that I love that pic with the jar! Great kitchen shot!

  7. kathy says:

    I went searching today for a lemon sugar cookie recipe because I had the Betty Crocker cookbook when I was young and loved those cookies!!! Thank you – I could hardly believe my eyes.

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