lemon sugar cookie recipe

Zesty Delights: A Refreshing Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe

When life gives you lemons, why not turn them into delicious lemon sugar cookies?

Bursting with bright citrus flavor and topped with a tangy lemon glaze, these cookies are a delightful twist on the classic sugar cookie.

Join us as we embark on a culinary adventure to create these zesty treats that will brighten any day.

The Ingredients for Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe

For the cookies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest (from about 2-3 lemons)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the glaze

  • 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Additional lemon zest for garnish (optional)

Mixing Up the Dough

Mixing Up the Dough

Begin by combining softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the egg, followed by fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract, to infuse the dough with a citrus flavor.

Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, including flour, baking powder, and salt.

Gradually combine the dry mixture with the wet ingredients until the dough is soft and well combined, taking care not to over-combine.

Rolling and Baking

Rolling and Baking

Once the dough is ready, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get rolling!

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to your desired thickness, then use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.

Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving a bit of space between each one to allow for spreading during baking.

Pop them in the oven and bake until the edges are lightly golden and the cookies are set.

Lemon Glaze Finishing Touch

Lemon Glaze Finishing Touch

While the cookies cool, whip up a simple lemon glaze to drizzle over them.

Combine powdered sugar with fresh lemon juice until you reach your desired consistency—you want it thick enough to coat the back of a spoon but still pourable.

After you have allowed the cookies to cool down, pour the glaze over them.

Wait for the glaze to set before serving the cookies.

Sharing the Sunshine

These lemon sugar cookies are perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Whether hosting a summer picnic, afternoon tea, or just craving a sweet treat, these zesty delights will surely be a hit.

Package them up in a pretty box or tin for a homemade gift that’s sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Conclusion

With their bright citrus flavor and sunny disposition, lemon sugar cookies are a delightful addition to any baking repertoire.

Whether enjoyed with a cup of tea or as a sweet snack on the go, these zesty treats will brighten your day with every bite.

So grab your apron, preheat your oven, and bake up some lemony goodness together!

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