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Glazed Lemon Sugar Cookies

Glazed Lemon Sugar Cookies

Glazed Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lemon desserts and sugar cookies are my two favorite type of desserts.  This luscious cookie is packed with plenty of lemon goodness.  A lemon lover’s favorite dessert.  This quick and easy cookie is one of my most requested recipes.

The ultimate soft and chewy lemon cookie are great for any occasion.  You are not done with summer until you have baked a batch of these decadent and cheerful cookies.

I’ve listed two ways to make these cookies.  I have a homemade version that uses fresh ingredients like fresh lemons and I have an easier version listed to make a quick lemon cookie recipe.  I prefer the homemade version because fresh lemons are amazing, but I’ve also made the boxed version when I just didn’t have all the ingredients, wasn’t home baking or had a few minutes to make them.

Glazed Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

Easy Alternative Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

Looking to make these luscious lemon cookies but don’t have the time or all of the ingredients?

These Lemon Sugar Cookies can be made an alternative way and come out just as good.  We are talking about Lemon Cake Mix, the pre-made kind.  Yep, that’s right, the cake mix found in your grocery store.  Follow these simple steps to get started.

Ingredients
Lemon Cake Mix, I like Pillsbury
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a medium bowl, place all of the ingredients together.  Using a spoon, fold ingredients together until dough forms and everything is well incorporated.  Grease a cookie sheet and form 1 inch round balls and flatten slightly.  In a small bowl, roll the top of the cookie in powdered sugar.  Bake for 5-6 minutes, don’t allow to turn golden brown.  Remove from oven and cool.  Follow the recipe below to glaze these cookies.

Glazed Lemon Sugar Cookies

If you enjoy these Glazed Lemon Sugar Cookies, I made Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies and they are so soft and chewy.  Think bakery style cookies and they pack a lot of flavors too!  Summer is a great time to make lemon cookies and I cannot seem to get enough of them.  They are refreshing, flavorful, sweet and are the perfect bite-sized dessert to treat yourself with.

If you’re looking for another lemon cookie recipe, try these Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies, click here.

What are your favorite cookies?  Do you like them soft, chewy or crunchy?

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Glazed Lemon Sugar Cookies

Soft and chewy lemon sugar cookies rolled in powdered sugar and drizzled with icing. Truly a lemon lovers' dream dessert cookie.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 24
Author Jessica Knott

Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar for rolling

For the Glaze

  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup - 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. For the Lemon Cookie Dough
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
  3. Slowly add flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir well to combine.
  4. Use a cookie scoop or roll dough into 1 inch balls, then roll in powdered sugar. Place on lightly greased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes, or till set and crackly. After a couple minutes, remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
  6. For the Glaze - Slowly add powdered sugar to water until a thick consistency forms. Drizzle over cookies.

Recipe Notes

These Lemon Sugar Cookies can be made an ALTERNATIVE WAY and come out just as good. We are talking about Lemon Cake Mix, the pre-made kind. Yep, that’s right, the cake mix found in your grocery store. Follow these simple steps to get started. Ingredients Lemon Cake Mix, I like Pillsbury 2 eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil Directions Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, place all of the ingredients together. Using a spoon, fold ingredients together until dough forms and everything is well incorporated. Grease a cookie sheet and form 1 inch round balls and flatten slightly. In a small bowl, roll the top of the cookie in powdered sugar. Bake for 5-6 minutes, don’t allow to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Follow the recipe below to glaze these cookies.

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    Jennifer
    12/21/2015 at 9:28 am

    These are so yummy! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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      Jessica Knott
      01/16/2016 at 5:47 pm

      We make them all the time. It’s def a delicious cookie, thanks Jennifer!

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    Melanie
    12/21/2015 at 10:51 am

    These look delicious! How should the cookies be stored? Is room temperature ok?

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      Jessica Knott
      12/21/2015 at 5:26 pm

      Room temperature is fine. I’d place them in an air tight container for up to 5 days for the best flavor. They also freeze well, too, if needed!

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      Jessica Knott
      01/16/2016 at 5:50 pm

      Hi Melanie, room temp is good. Store them in an air tight container to prevent them from getting stale or in a bag.

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    Hannah
    01/17/2016 at 12:19 am

    Yum! These lemon sugar cookies look delish! I’m always looking for another awesome cookie recipe

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    Rose Sahetapy
    01/17/2016 at 2:16 pm

    This looks yum and cute. It’s easy to make, and with the lemon taste, nothing can go wrong.

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    maria @ close to home
    01/17/2016 at 3:03 pm

    I just love the flavor of citrus in the winter time.

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    laura londergan
    01/18/2016 at 12:28 am

    these look so amazing! I will have to make these soon as we love lemon anything lemon in this house! 😉

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    Eileen
    01/18/2016 at 2:14 am

    These are so delicious! I make a similiar recipe with yogurt instead of the oil and they are fantatic. Thank you for the recipe

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    jill conyers
    01/18/2016 at 7:28 am

    My husband loves lemon. Maybe I’ll surprise him.

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    Eva /Kid Minds
    01/18/2016 at 9:02 am

    My favorite cookies are actually lemon cookies. We have a family recipe that is very popular. When I bring my lemon cookies to parties, they are gone in a flash. I think the secret is lots of lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

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    Heather
    01/18/2016 at 6:32 pm

    Oh my gosh! These look to die for! When I was little, there was a bakery that made cookies similar to these, and I loved them. I will have to try my hand at making them.

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    CourtneyLynne
    01/18/2016 at 8:04 pm

    Omg these cookies sound amazing!!! Definitely giving this a pin to try myself. Yummy!

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    MaryJane
    01/26/2016 at 12:02 pm

    These cookies are absolutely delicious. I’m making another batch right now because the other batch were gobbled up last week. I added lemon extract instead of vanilla into the batter and added lime juice into the glaze instead of lemon juice. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    JoAnna
    02/01/2016 at 9:28 pm

    I love these cookies! Just made the from-scratch version tonight. Great fresh lemon flavor, and soft chewy cookies. I used lemon juice and water for the glaze, but otherwise didn’t change a thing. So glad I found this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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      Jessica Knott
      02/15/2016 at 11:48 pm

      They are one of my favorites, thanks, JoAnna. Glad you liked them!

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    Tiffany
    02/05/2016 at 12:29 am

    I found this recipe on Pinterest when I was looking for something to bake. I bake so much when I’m pregnant and nesting. Anyways, I loved this recipe and so did everyone that tasted them. The few things that I changed was that I used a whole lemons zest, I doubled the lemon juice, and I made a lemon icing. I was really craving something very lemony and these hit just the spot. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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      Jessica Knott
      02/15/2016 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks, Tiffany. Yes a lot of people love using the lemon in the icing but I love it without. Glad it liked it!

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    Natalie
    05/03/2016 at 5:04 pm

    Lemon taste is awesome for Cookies. Thank you

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    Emily
    12/03/2016 at 4:20 am

    these look delicious – i love lemon! question though…the recipe states that it makes 2. that can’t be right – is it??

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      Jessica Knott
      12/03/2016 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Emily, it makes about 24 or 2 dozen. I’ve updated the recipe. Hope you enjoy them 🙂

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    Laurel
    12/17/2016 at 2:21 pm

    I made the from scratch recipe and love the taste of the dough and the cookie, but they spread out way more than yours look and did not keep a crinkle. They are also crumbly? I chilled the dough for pans 3 and 4 ( 9 small cookies to a pan) Same result. They do not look at all like your picture-are those from the box cake recipe? Wondering if I should try again as a pretty treat for my Mom or not waste the ingredients.??

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      Jessica Knott
      12/17/2016 at 7:10 pm

      Hi Laurel, Id keep what you have as they are pretty good. If you want cookies like the photo, try the boxed mix, although If the taste is alright with the first batch, I usually get the best review of those cookies.

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    Christine
    12/20/2016 at 10:23 pm

    Should the cookies be a little brown on the bottom or not brown at all?

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    Julia Kruz
    07/13/2017 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Jessica! All your recipes look super. The first thing I cook for my husband from your list will be Snickers Cookies. On your pictures it looks amazing. Hope I will do same! Thanks for sharing!

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