Best of Swanky Recipes/ Cookies/ Desserts

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.

MY LATEST VIDEOS

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?

Print Pin
4.47 from 13 votes

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

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

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.

Chocolate Chip Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies

 

Twix Cookies

Twix Cookie Recipe

Snickers Cookies

Snickers Cookies

Cake Batter Sugar Cookies

Bakery Style Cake Batter Cookies

You Might Also Like

78 Comments

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Ginnie
    09/08/2014 at 11:21 am

    These sounds so good to me right now:) Thanks for sharing!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Trisha @ Home Sweet Homemade
    09/10/2014 at 12:30 pm

    Hi! Found you on Whatever Goes Wednesday blog hop! Nice blog!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Diana Rambles
    09/11/2014 at 1:04 pm

    WOW! I can tell these melt in your mouth! YUM!

    • Avatar for Jessica Knott
      Reply
      Jessica Knott
      09/22/2014 at 11:16 am

      Yessss, they melt in the mouth. I love that about lemon cookies. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Erin @ The Speckled Palate
    09/11/2014 at 6:36 pm

    These gorgeous lemon cookies *almost* make me want to wish summer would stick around so we can continue enjoying the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables… but I bet these cookies would be delicious ANY time of year if you could get your hands on a lemon to zest!

    Also, this was one of my favorite links from last week’s #thatsfreshfriday link-up! I’m sharing it on my blog tonight, along with other favorites, and I hope to see you back at the party this week! Keep up the good work!

    • Avatar for Jessica Knott
      Reply
      Jessica Knott
      09/11/2014 at 9:58 pm

      I’m very honored to be featured on That’s Fresh Friday, thank you! Have a good weekend, Erin

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Suzanne
    09/13/2014 at 9:36 am

    Your cookies look so tempting! Thanks for linking up to Saturday Sparks. You have been featured.
    Have a Great Day,
    Suzanne
    Pieced Pastimes

    • Avatar for Jessica Knott
      Reply
      Jessica Knott
      09/13/2014 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you so much for the feature, have a good weekend!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    LAURA
    09/15/2014 at 7:35 am

    hi Jessica- these look great! This is a Tickle My Tastebuds feature tomorrow at http://imnotatrophywife.com. Thanks for linking up and would love a social media shout out tomorrow to help grow this party! Hope to see you again! Your photos are amazing and the “models” are perfect!!! laura

    • Avatar for Jessica Knott
      Reply
      Jessica Knott
      09/22/2014 at 11:29 am

      I added you to the link party list and will give a shout out on twitter tomorrow, thanks!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    LAURA
    09/15/2014 at 7:39 am

    hi Jessica
    PS: Who designed your social media buttons at the bottom of your post and your categories shaded in gray? Love those! laura

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    09/19/2014 at 9:10 am

    I LOVE these! Thanks for linking up with Show Stopper Saturday! Pinned!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Karly
    09/21/2014 at 10:17 am

    Totally craving these now! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

    • Avatar for Jessica Knott
      Reply
      Jessica Knott
      09/22/2014 at 11:30 am

      Thanks, Karly 🙂

      • Avatar for Jessica Knott
        Reply
        Judy
        08/13/2015 at 9:26 pm

        How far in advance can you make these cookies… and how would you store them?

        • Avatar for Jessica Knott
          Reply
          Jessica Knott
          02/15/2016 at 11:59 pm

          Just getting this message now, sorry! Yes, go ahead and make in advance and they store well in an air tight container for about 5-7 days. The dough can be made ahead of time and put in teh freezer until ready to use.

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Nancy
    10/08/2014 at 7:43 pm

    I just made the lemon cookies from scratch. Oh my gosh are they yummy. I love lemon anything. Because I love lemon I substituted the water in the glaze with lemon juice and also added extra lemon zest to the cookie. I will make them again and passing on the recipe to a friend who loves lemon as much as I do. Thank you for sharing your recipe,

    • Avatar for Jessica Knott
      Reply
      Daphne
      10/11/2014 at 3:42 am

      Hi Nancy,
      This recipe is pretty much identical to the lemon cookies on the Duncan Hines website. I use DH Lemon Supreme and like you, I add zest of a WHOLE lemon along with 1 tsp lemon extract. Oh my word, crisp bite, slight chew and the sweetness and tartness are perfection! Give a try, they won’t disappoint! 🙂

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Marisa
    10/11/2014 at 6:37 pm

    How do these freeze?

    • Avatar for Jessica Knott
      Reply
      Jessica Knott
      10/12/2014 at 6:05 pm

      Hi Marisa, I haven’t tried, but it should freeze just fine. I’d wrap them in plastic/cling wrap a few times, then place in a ziploc bag. Thanks!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Renee @ Awesome on $20
    10/19/2014 at 9:47 pm

    Wow, these look simple and packed with flavor.

    • Avatar for Jessica Knott
      Reply
      Jessica Knott
      10/20/2014 at 11:24 pm

      Thanks, Renee. They are one of my favorite cookies!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    anna
    11/29/2014 at 12:13 pm


    If I triple this recipe should I triple each ingredient. They look delishes

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    kim
    12/03/2014 at 10:02 am


    I have to say, I “cheated” ,and made the box recipe first. I didn’t like at all, and neither did my family. So I decided to make from scratch. So much better! Actually delicious. The box cake recipe has such a fake lemon taste. It is nasty! And a fake yellow color too. Two very important reasons why I say, don’t waste time, or money with the box cake recipe.

    I give this recipe 3 stars, and say omit the box cake recipe altogether…which would haven you 5 shining stars!!!!! Happy Holidays!!!!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Alison Johnson
    12/15/2014 at 9:24 am

    Do you know if they will turn out the same way if a butter substitute is used, like Smart balance Olive Oil spread?

    • Avatar for Jessica Knott
      Reply
      Jessica Knott
      12/20/2014 at 2:03 pm

      I have not tried, but it should be fine. If the olive oil butter is has more liquid than reg. butter maybe try adding a little extra flour. Let me know how it goes!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Michelle
    03/08/2015 at 9:12 pm

    These are delicious and I even used lemons from our own backyard. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Anonymous
    06/03/2015 at 11:32 pm

    Wow, this post is good.

    • Avatar for Jessica Knott
      Reply
      donna
      06/04/2015 at 4:46 pm


      These are the best lemon cookies I have ever tasted and I have been around long enough to know when I have found a winner and this is it baby. I am on my second batch. I finishedt the first batch 2 day ago and I was having withdrawals, so welcome again to my tummy.

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Kendra
    10/06/2015 at 7:23 pm


    Made these last night. Added a ton of extra lemon zest. The texture of the cookie was perfect, but I found them a bit too sweet. If I make them again, I would halve the amount of sugar.

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Becca
    10/25/2015 at 10:51 pm


    Made the Glazed Lemon Sugar cookies today and they were fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!!!

    Becca

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    Reply
    Cathleen
    12/13/2015 at 9:46 pm

    What type of butter is used, salted OR unsalted?

    • Avatar for Jessica Knott
      Reply
      Jessica Knott
      12/13/2015 at 10:55 pm

      Hi Cathleen, unsalted butter for the recipe

      • Avatar for Jessica Knott
        Reply
        Christine
        12/16/2016 at 10:44 pm

        The recipe just states “butter”

        • Avatar for Jessica Knott
          Reply
          Jessica Knott
          12/17/2016 at 7:14 pm

          Hi Christine, I’ve updated it to include that it should be softened. It doesn’t really matter if it’s unsalted or not. However, I prefer unsalted. Hope that helps!

    1 2 3

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Send this to a friend