The perfect soft and chewy lemon sugar cookies that stay soft! A must make dessert for Spring or any time!

I’ve never been super artsy in the sense of drawing or painting. But, for some reason yesterday I got this idea in my head that I’d love to try. I saw a child finger painting on canvas and that made me want to do it. It looked fun. So, then I started doing what I occasionally do when I get random crafty ideas in my head… I ran off to do Google searches for inspiration. That lead me to watch a video of an artist, finger painting the most beautiful field of flowers. I wish I had those skills. So the next logical step was to see what painting studios are around. You know, the ones that are popular for girls nights out, painting and wine… that kind of thing. It looks fun. But in reality, I doubt I’ll ever go. Have you ever done one of those classes or attempted any painting projects without any previous skills?

Also, I just discovered Jessica Jones on Netflix. It kept coming up as a suggested show to watch, but I’d never heard of it outside of that, which makes sense because it’s only on Netflix. I finally gave it a try and I’m completely hooked! The only problem is there’s only one season so far and I’m almost done! But, a second season has been confirmed. The only question is when it’ll become available. If you like any of the other Marvel shows, you should definitely give it a try.

Coooookies. Everyone loves them. And, seeing as it’s been a good while since I last made some, it was clearly time to whip up a new batch.

These are am-aaazing.

You’ll want to make a double batch because they’re just that good. My family was sad when they were all gone. Good thing the dough is super easy to whip up! I may have to make another batch for the weekend.

Absolute PERFECT soft and chewy lemon sugar cookies, that stay soft!

A guaranteed family favorite that will be requested time and time again. Be sure to add these fun cookies to your Spring baking plans!

Perfect soft and chewy lemon sugar cookies that stay soft! Recipe from @bakedbyrachel
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Soft and Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Yield: 24 cookies
The perfect soft and chewy lemon sugar cookies that stay soft! A must make dessert for Spring or any time!


  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 C granulated sugar, divided
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tb lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 C all purpose flour


  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and 1 cup granulated sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Mix in zest, lemon juice, egg and vanilla. Scrape bowl as needed. With mixer running on low, slowly incorporate baking soda, salt and flour. Continue mixing until well combined and no streaks remain. Transfer batter to a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, roughly 2-4 hours or overnight. 
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. 
  • Use a medium scoop to portion dough. Shape into smooth balls. Coat well in remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Space 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes. Allow cookies to rest on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to several days. 


Recipe yields roughly 2 dozen cookies.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel


Calories: 112kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 71mg, Potassium: 14mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 118IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 0.5mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Cookie, Lemon

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