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Sugar Cookies

These cookies are soft and chewy with a hint of lemon and a bit of crunch from the coarse sugar which they are rolled in. I also like the 'crackly effect' on top. They are a nice addition on a cookie plate at Christmas or you can bag them up for gift giving.
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Zest of a lemon
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Coarse sugar for rolling cookies
  1.  Beat butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.
  2.  Add egg, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix well.
  3. Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Add gradually to the creamed mixture until well blended.
  5. Form rounded teaspoons of dough into balls and roll in coarse or regular sugar.
  6. Place on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  7. Bake in a 350ยบ oven for 8 to 10 minutes, just until lightly browned on the bottom, that is if you want them soft and chewy. I baked some a bit longer until they were lightly browned on top but then it resulted in a crispy cookie, still good but I wanted chewy.
  8. Once out of the oven allow to cool slightly on the pan before removing them to a cooling rack.
  9. Yield: 3 to 4 doz depending on size.


  1. I love sugar cookies...and so do my boys. These look particularly yummy there Betty! What a great shot and it makes me feel so Christmasy and bring back so many memories of years gone by!

  2. I think that no matter how many cookies there are available the good old sugar cookies are always a hit.

  3. Sugar cookies are a "must have" at Christmas time, these look great...

    Would be nice in gift baskets, and easy too!


  4. YES, they are chewy and sooo good!!! Thanks Betty, I am so fortunate to have a sister that loves to bake and of course share!!

  5. These look fantastic, Betty! Are you full swing into Christmas baking already? I'm feeling very behind this year, hope to get my tree up & decorated this week yet though. :)

  6. I should have all the decorations finished tonight....then its on to baking. These look like a wonderful addition to my cookies this year.

  7. ooh i love sugar cookies...
    definitely a reminder that Christmas is coming!

  8. Love sugar cookies with tea, and a friend. I'll put on the tea,...and can you bring the cookies? Kathy

  9. I'm not baking much this year, but these look too good to pass up. Beautiful picture, you can almost taste them.

  10. Oh yummy. . .the idea of the sugar out crunch. .makes my mouth water.

  11. I won!!! I am so excited,thanks.
    I am getting ready to print this recipe and will use it this Christmas.Thanks.

  12. Yummers! I am always looking for a sugar cookie that tastes like Grandma's! I can't wait to try these!

  13. I love sugar cookies. These look so good. I can't wait to start my Christmas baking. But one year we started too soon and we had eaten them all before Christmas and I had to bake twice. So not doing that again. Wondering what are the lovely looking cookies besides your blog title. They are chocolate ones with cherry is it and two kinds of chocolate drizzled on top. They look like they are to die for. Blessings Deborah

  14. A soft chewy sugar cookie is hard to beat and I love the addition of lemon.

  15. DK..the cookies you see on the header are Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, you can find them in the recipe file under Cookies and Bars.
    Jeanine..yes I am in 'full swing' with baking..I have to keep baking, I've promised I'll support a few fundraiser bake sales.

  16. My kids loves Sugar Cookies!


  17. of all the cookies I've made, sugar cookies are still one of our most favorites here and probably the ones I make with the most frequency. LOVE the little bit of lemon in these. A special cookie, I know!!

  18. Lemony sugar cookies...all the better. I'll try this recipe next time.

  19. Those look yummy! Too bad it's just me at home - and heaven knows I don't need to eat 3-4 dozen cookies by myself!

  20. You can't ever beat a sugar cookie. Everyone loves them.

  21. Excellent! We baked them today and love them!

  22. Sugar cookies are my favorite! My mother in law makes them with sour cream and they are so yummy. I love lemon... I believe I will be trying this recipe. Thank you!!!

  23. Just made them - they're delicious! I didn't have any course sugar but I did find some red and green sparkle sugar to look very Christmas-y. Love the touch of lemon.

  24. I made these cookies last week and forgot to put them in the freezer! The next morning the cookies sort of looked droopy because I put them in a round container and they sagged. I quickly threw them in the freezer and took them to a potluck on Sunday. I took out the frozen cookies and placed them on a platter. I was WRONG--they only looked droopy and saggy. They weren't! They looked and tasted wonderful. I'm nibbling the last one right now as I type. The only thing difficult was finding coarse sugar! It cost me $5 for a divided container with 4 different colors! Where do you find this stuff? Yummy!


  25. I baked these cookies for a picnic at Spanish Banks/Vancouver tonight. They are the best sugar cookies ever - really, you should repost this recipe!!
    Chewy/soft inside with crisp edges and a bit of sugary crunch all around. Not the kind you'd want to roll out and cut out shapes with, more of a roll into balls and flatten before baking type.