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Easy Lemon Zest Cookies

Easy Lemon Zest Cookies
Easy Lemon Zest Cookies
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Lemon desserts are always the perfect amount of sweet with a refreshing flavor. This recipe for Easy Lemon Zest Cookies is an easy recipe for soft, delicious cookies that everyone will love. Simply mix together the ingredients, drop on a baking sheet, and bake for about 10 minutes. This recipe is ready in no time, which makes it the perfect cookie recipe for when you need a quick sugar fix. These lemon cookies are a great evergreen recipe that can be served year-round. Looking for a sweet treat on a warm summer day? These lemon cookies are for you. Looking for a fun and easy recipe to share at your annual Christmas cookie exchange? These lemon cookies are also for you! Print out this recipe and save it for whenever you feel the need for a delicious and simple cookie recipe.

Makes24 cookies

Cooking Time10 min



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon very finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Place butter and sugar into a large bowl and beat with electric mixer until smooth. Add egg, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat briefly, then stir in the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

  3. Place powdered sugar into a small bowl. Use a spoon to remove a tablespoon of dough and roll into a 1-inch ball in your palms, then roll into the powdered sugar until well coated.

  4. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets and bake for about 10-12 minutes until dry on top and light brown on the bottom.

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Maybe it's just me but 1 cup of sugar seems like a lot for the amount of flour in this recipe. Do you think if I cut that amount in half it would be ok...I mean obviously it wouldn't be as sweet but I'm ok with that. I just want to make sure that it won't change the texture. And I have to ask...when you roll the cookie dough balls into the powdered sugar, doesn't it melt into the dough while it's baking or is the picture showing the sugar from sprinkling after the cookies have been baked?

These cookies sound sooo tasty easy. I'll make a batch for our cookie exchange. I'm sure they'll be delectable!

I love lemon cookies AND crinkle cookies. I didn't know there were lemon crinkle cookies. I have only had chocolate. I don't always use lemon peel. But, I like to buy the dried lemon peel for recipes. Where I live, good lemons can be hard to find so sometimes it has to be bottled juice and dried lemon peel.


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