Lemon Sugar Cookies

Easy and colorful lemon sugar cookies, perfect for Spring and Easter celebrations.

Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Over the last handful of weeks I’ve been debating what food items really shout spring. Sure there’s asparagus and other veggies. There’s even strawberries… or so people in other areas of the country say. Strawberries aren’t ready until June up here. Finally I decided lemons are where it’s at. Whether they’re shipped in or not, they’re clearly a colorful tangy way to ring in spring. Of course that then left me back in debate mode with what to make! Back and fourth I flip flopped around over various possibilities finally settling on these lemon sugar cookies.

Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

They’re quick, simple and fun for the kids to get involved with. Best of all, they’re tasty. So much so that they disapear fast. Make them and you’ll see! I love that you can play around with the colors and even make them match Easter eggs, should you choose to.

Someone got a little goofy while waiting for the dough to chill.

Waiting is hard when you’re 3… or 30. Patience isn’t in our nature.

Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Easy and colorful lemon sugar cookies, perfect for Spring and Easter celebrations.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
15 mins
Total Time33 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookie
Servings: 3 dozen


  • 2 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 C shortening
  • 1 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest roughly 2 large lemons
  • colored sanding sugar


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare baking sheets with silicone baking mat or parchment.
  • In a medium bowl combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl or stand mixer cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and creamy. Scrape bowl as needed and prior to each new addition. Add eggs and zest. Mix until just barely combined. Slowly begin adding flour mixture. Mix on med/low until fully combined. Chill dough for at least 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile prepare desired sanding sugar into small bowls.
  • Grabbing a teaspoon amount of dough, roll into neat balls. Gently roll dough ball into desired sanding sugar color. transfer coated ball to a prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing balls at least 2 inches apart (minimum of 12 will fit a regular baking sheet).
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges are just slightly turning a golden color. Let cool on pan for 1-2 minutes before removing and transfering to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to several days. Any remaining dough can be frozen for up to several months if sealed well. Label properly with name and any important instructions such as bake temp and time.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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24 Responses to “Lemon Sugar Cookies”

  1. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I love the colors you picked! Your daughter is adorable, by the way:-)

  2. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — April 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    cute Easter idea! :)

  3. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — April 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    So festive!!! What a beautiful post!

  4. #
    Amanda — April 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    SO cute! Love your helper! :)

  5. #
    Aggie — April 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Such pretty colored cookies. Yes, lemon is definitely where its at, you can’t go wrong with lemon!

    Your daughter is a cutie!

  6. #
    Jessica @ How Sweet — April 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    These cookies are so cute!!

  7. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 12, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    love these!

  8. #
    Cookin' Canuck — April 12, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    These are so simple, but are one of my favorite Easter treats I’ve seen so far.

  9. #
    marla — April 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    How cute is your little girl! Looks like a fun day baking cookies :)

  10. #
    Sweets by Vicky — April 13, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Oh my days! These are soo pretty without a whole list of extra effort. :) Very festive!

  11. #
    natalie (the sweets life) — April 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    oh my gosh, she is so cute and so are these cookies! love the idea of a lemon flavor in there!

  12. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Aww! Look at your little helper! So cute! And these cookies are a keeper. I’m pinning them! LOL ♥- K

  13. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — April 15, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Your daughter is PRECIOUS!!!

  14. #
    Elle — April 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Cute cookies, cuter kid! These are perfect for Spring, and so simple, too!

  15. #
    Jenn@eatcakefordinner — April 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Your daughter’s rainbow shirt goes perfect with your colorful cookies! You must have planned that? Ha Ha! These cookies sound delicious and are perfect for Easter.

  16. #
    laura — April 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    thanks for sharing the recipe and the presh. pics! saving the recipe to my online cookbook. i’m hoping to veganize it!

  17. #
    Brittany — April 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I’ve been making these cookies for years – they are my Dad’s favorite – he’s crazy for lemon! I love all the bright colors of your sprinkles. I did adjust the recipe to include more brown sugar and less white sugar – I love chewy cookies instead of puffy ones.

  18. #
    Megan — April 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Adorable cookies and adorable kitchen help! :)

  19. #
    Lindsay — April 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I couldn’t help myself – I saw this post and I HAD to have those cookies! Mine didn’t come out quite as pretty as yours, but they sure are tasty! I have pictures of mine up on my blog: http://www.lindsayblogs.com/2011/04/23/easter-plansincludes-cookies-and-sammiches/

    Thanks for the great idea!

  20. #
    Aqiyl Aniys — April 6, 2014 at 12:17 am

    As soon as the pictures of the cookies popped on the screen I wanted to bite into them!

  21. #
    Oh Happy Dane — April 4, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    I love them, and I love the colors!!! One of my favorite cookies turned into a princess easter girly cookie! thanks!!!

    • #
      Rachel — April 5, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Thanks so much!


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