Easy Lemon Sugar Cookies

CATEGORIES: Cookies, Kate

We’ve talked before about how I love sugar cookies, but the whole extensive sugar cookie process means they pretty much never happen for me. The chilling. The rolling. The cutting. The rolling of the scraps. The decorating. The mess. The older I get, the more I’m like, “Cookies and Netflix now, please.” 

Not only are these lemon-kissed sugar cookies delicious (like, seriously amazing–I adapted them from America’s Test Kitchen Baking Book, so you know they’re going to be awesome), but they a) are done, start to finish, in 30 minutes and b) are made by hand–no need to pull out the mixer, all you need is a sturdy wire whisk and a silicone spatula. It doesn’t get better than this.

Easy Lemon Sugar Cookies from Our Best Bites

You’re going to need all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, table salt, butter, vegetable oil, a small lemon, cream cheese, and an egg. 

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Imagine there is an egg and cream cheese in the above picture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment sheets and set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

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Set aside.

Place the 1 1/3 cups sugar and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl.

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Using a metal whisk, stir until combined.

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Pour the melted butter over the mixture, then add the vegetable oil, egg, lemon zest, lemon juice,

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and milk.lemon sugar cookies-7Whisk until combined.

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Stir in the flour mixture with a silicone spatula until the dough is cohesive and smooth (it will be very moist.)

lemon sugar cookies-9Using a standard cookie scoop (which is 1 1/2 tablespoons), generously scoop the dough (you want about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie) and roll into the reserved sugar.

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Evenly space 12 cookie balls on the sheet

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and flatten the dough balls with a drinking glass (to about 1/2″ thick).

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repeat with the other baking sheet. Bake for 6 minutes. Rotate the pan and bake for another 5-6 minutes or until set around the edges. Repeat with the second pan. Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes on the pan and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Easy Lemon Sugar Cookies from Our Best Bites

Try not to eat ’em all at once…

Easy Lemon Sugar Cookies from Our Best Bites

Easy Lemon Sugar Cookies

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 12 min Total Time 22 mins
Serves 24     adjust servings

Light, delicate, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, with a hint of lemon, these super-easy lemon sugar cookies don't require any chilling, rolling, or cutting!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups (11 1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour, lightly spooned into measuring cups and leveled with a knife
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) sugar, plus 1/3 cup for rolling
  • 2 ounces full-fat cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted and still warm
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • Zest of 1 small lemon
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment sheets and set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Place the 1 1/3 cups sugar and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Using a metal whisk, stir until combined. Pour the melted butter over the mixture, then add the vegetable oil, egg, lemon zest, milk, and lemon juice. Whisk until combined. Stir in the flour mixture with a silicone spatula until the dough is cohesive and smooth (it will be very moist.)
  4. Using a standard cookie scoop (which is 1 1/2 tablespoons), generously scoop the dough (you want about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie) and roll into the reserved sugar. Evenly space 12 cookie balls on the sheet and repeat with the other baking sheet. If desired, sprinkle cookies with remaining sugar. Bake for 6 minutes. Rotate the pan and bake for another 5-6 minutes or until set around the edges. Repeat with the second pan. Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes on the pan and then transfer to a cooling rack.

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9 comments

  1. Thank you! My three year old son keeps asking to make sugar cookies in his sisters little girl scout oven and these will be perfect! I didn’t want all the steps either!

  2. Oh, yum! Thank you! I was going to make sugar cookies today but didn’t want the plain old version. This is perfect!

  3. These sound amazing. If I didn’t already have half of a birthday cake and half a batch of cookies sitting on my counter I would ignore everything I’m supposed to do today and make these. I feel like they need to go with strawberry ice cream, though, because I don’t know if you can dip lemon cookies in milk.

  4. These look so tasty! I don’t really think that sugar cookies are a big thing here in the UK, but I see them a lot online and they always make me drool haha. Plus, I love lemon in anything sweet (lemon drizzle cake is just about my favourite thing in the world). So, I shall definitely have to give these a go at some point!

    I feel like they would taste great with a cup of tea (as though I didn’t make it obvious enough that I was British yet ha).

    Bethany | Curly and Wordy

    1. “Give these a go” has to be one of my favourite things about you Brits. 🙂 Next to my OBB addiction is my love for House Hunters International, hoping for a UK city! Sorry for the ramble away from sugar cookies. Cheerio!

  5. I just made these, totally yummy! I wanted to mention 2 things about the recipe. 1. Press the cookie balls with a glass. It is included up in the step by step but not in the recipe directions. 2. The sugar measurement is confusing because it seems like the ingredient list has you using 1 1/2 cups sugar in the dough but the instructions say to use 1 1/3 cups in the dough. ( I use 1 1/2 cups in the dough & thought the cookies were perfect)

  6. Omg these look amazing, I am making these today with my daughter and my niece! I have some lemon icing left over from making a zucchini cake last week so I might even put a little drizzle on top of these cookies!! Yummy we can’t wait!! Thank you for the recipe!!

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