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4.88 from 31 votes

Small Batch Lemon Sugar Cookies

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time11 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 - 15 cookies
Author: Lorie Yarro


  • 1 stick butter, softened (1/2 cup)
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 c sugar (separated)
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • zest of 1 large or 2 small lemons
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk together to combine.
  • In a medium bowl, using a hand or standing mixer, cream the butter and 3/4 c sugar until light and fluffy. (about 2 minutes or so). Add in egg, lemon zest and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • Slowly pour in the dry ingredients and beat just until combined--do not over mix. Roll cookie dough into about 1 1/2 inch balls and roll into the remaining 1/4 cup sugar (add sugar into a small bowl first.) and place about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking pan. 
  • Bake 9-11 minutes. Allow to cool before eating.(ha--right, I burn my tongue every time) 
  • Store in an air tight container or freeze.