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Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lemon Sugar Cookies
4.0 rating based on 12,345 ratings
4/5 (15)
Course: Drop CookiesDifficulty: Easy
Servings

48

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A simple lemon-flavored drop cookie topped with lemon sugar made by whizzing sugar and lemon zest together in your food processor.

Ingredients

  • For the cookie:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 cup butter-flavored solid vegetable shortening*

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • For the lemon sugar:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • zest of two large lemons

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and grease baking sheets. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In large mixer bowl, beat sugar and shortening until fluffy, beat in eggs. Stir in dry ingredients, then lemon juice. Mix well, set aside. To make the lemon sugar, process 1 cup granulated sugar and zest of two large lemons in the food processor for a few seconds. Drop dough onto prepared baking sheets, 2″ apart. Sprinkle with lemon sugar. Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Notes

  • Photo by NikiSublime under Creative Commons license.
  • * You can also use real butter for flavor, but these cookies stay softer with shortening. Your choice!

Reviews

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Review

★★★★★
I loved these! My mom and I made them and instead of sprinkleing them with extra sugar, we made a buttercream frosting with lemon flavoring in it. They were wonderful.
- A Baker

★★★★☆
Very easy; the rating of four is only because I'm not overly fond of lemon myself, but I heard nothing but rave reviews from my friends. I added the eggs into the sugar/shortening mix (since the other reviewer neglected to mention how she winged it), and they came out very well.
- A Baker

★★★★☆
It was a very simple recipe to make and the hint of lemon was just perfect to make this more than a simple sugar cookie. I found that in my oven, I had to bake about 20 minutes. I got about 36 cookies from the recipe. The only thing to note about the recipe is that it doesn't include where to add the egg. I winged it and i think they came out fine. I'm going to take them to the office tomorrow to see how they go over in public. I think they would be wonderful with a cup of tea!
- A Baker

★★★★★
These cookies are fabulous! The right amount of tangy flavoring!!
- Andrew in New York

★★★★☆
These cookies were lovely to look at, delicious, and easy to make. I used key lime juice instead of lemon juice, and I selected butter flavored shortening. I found that the cooking time needed to be extended to 15 minutes. Afterward, they were excellent as is, and also dipped in dark chocolate
- A Baker

★★★★★
We love these :D I , personally, doubled the lemon juice and added a tea spoon of vanilla and it was exactly what we were hoping for :)
- A Baker

★★★★★
I love this! They are sugar cookies and the juice only gives it a little extra oomph but in the end they are sugar cookies, if you are expecting really potent lemon cookies you may want to look elsewhere. I actually used 1/3 cup of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and 1 teaspoon orange extract this gave a wonderful aftertaste of citrus. I rolled them into 1 tablespoon balls and rolled them in sugar and baked for 13 minutes and they turned out wonderfully and will make delicious xmas cookies for my family! Very simple and very pretty and very hardy!
- Melissa in PDX  

★★★★★
tasted great will make again
- A Baker

★☆☆☆☆
Absolutely no pzazz. Blahh, wish I had read the reviews. My goodness ..I should have made up my own recipe. They tasted like glorified shortening and sugar.
- cookies in WYOMING

★★★★★
I love this recipe. So easy. Made a few times, and everyone liked these cookies every time :)
- lemon lover

★★★★☆
I also used lemon peel, and baked 12 minutes... they were flavorful and mildly tangy, nice texture... I didn't use extra sugar, and found them moderately sweet without it
- A Baker

★☆☆☆☆
I made these cookies today and was very disappointed in their taste. They tasted doughy and had a sour aftertaste. I also wonder if they shouldn't have been made with butter instead of shortening.
- A Baker

★★★★★
great cookies, they disappeared in like 5 minutes
- A Baker

★★★☆☆
I went against my instinct - which was to find a sugar cookie recipe that actually used butter instead of shortening - and regretted it. Once you are used to cooking with butter there is something synthetic tasting about shortening. These were merely okay - I would not waste my time or ingredients on making them again. I followed the recipe exactly, but rolled them in sugar before putting them on tray. Like others have suggested, they need to cook for more like 13-15 minutes.
- A Baker

★★★★☆
I agree they take 15 minutes to bake. Also, the step of adding the eggs was omitted. It would have ben helpful if they told how many the recipie made; I got 4 doz. And last but not least, I really intensified the color and flavor by adding the zest of one lemon and 6 drops of yellow food coloring.
- Santa's Elves in wisconsin 
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