This post was created as in partnership with Imperial Sugar. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

These soft, chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies are so light and sweet and lemony good! If you love lemon desserts or cookies, you will adore these easy lemon cookies.

Spring and summer are our favorite seasons for lemon desserts. They are just so bright and refreshing! Some of our other favorite lemon recipes are Fresh Squeezed Homemade Lemonade, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, and Lemon Tarragon Pasta Salad.

stacked lemon cookies with cookie and lemon slices to the sides

Lemon Sugar Cookies

I love lemony treats and desserts. They always make me think of spring and summer with their bright, sweet-tart flavor and sunshine color.

We are lucky to have neighbors with lemon trees, so whenever they bring over bags of extra lemons, I like to use them up making fresh-squeezed homemade lemonade or a no-bake sour cream lemon pie

If they happen to be meyer lemons, I especially like this meyer lemon pudding cake that looks and feels fancy but is incredibly easy to make.

But lemon cookies are always my go-to approach when I have a couple of extra lemons sitting around. One of my all-time favorite cookies are the double lemon glazed cookies I shared during my first few months of starting this blog! They are buttery and tender and pack a wallop of lemon flavor with the sweet-tart glaze on top.

These lemon sugar cookies are something else though, and totally worthy of a second lemon cookie post on the blog.

An image of lemon sugar cookies with thinly sliced circles of lemon.
An image of soft and chewy lemon cookies with lemon zest and slices of lemon around them.

These unfussy cookies are a simple drop cookie that you can whip up in about 5 minutes. Then you just scoop them out into uniform balls of dough and bake until just slightly underdone.

Underbaking cookies is one of the biggest keys to ensuring cookies stay soft and moist. The edges should be set and just barely starting to brown, but the middle of the cookies should still be very soft. I even like them at the point of doughiness, since the cookies will continue to set as they cool.

Speaking of cookie dough, this cookie dough is so, so good. I have zero qualms about eating cookie dough. The fresh lemon zest gives it a brightness that is perfectly complemented by the sweetness of the sugar and the richness of the butter.

An image of balls of lemon sugar cookie dough on parchment paper.

Differences Between Cut-Out Sugar Cookies and Drop Sugar Cookies

Drop cookies are perfect when the cookie cravings hit. There's no rolling out on floured surfaces or even really chilling the dough (although many bakers swear by chilling the dough for almost any cookie recipe).

These lemon sugar cookies are a drop sugar cookie rather than a cut-out version. 

Drop cookie dough is softer than cut-out cookie dough and it won't hold it's shape when you bake it even if you did decide to chill it, roll it out, and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. You need a firmer sugar cookie dough for that. Instead, drop cookies are almost always circular in shape.

The two cookie types also have different textures, with drop cookies tending to be soft and chewy and cut-out cookies leaning towards more of a soft and crumbly texture.

An image of a stack of soft lemon sugar cookies.

How to Make the Best Lemon Sugar Cookies

These lemon sugar cookies are super easy to make. Start by creaming the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.

Then mix in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract, along with vanilla and eggs.

Mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then just scoop and bake!

An image of balls of lemon sugar cookie dough lined up in rows on parchment paper.

Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy.

I made these Lemon Sugar Cookies for Imperial Sugar. You can get the FULL RECIPE on their site.

RECIPE:  Lemon Sugar Cookies

An image of lemon cookies stacked on top of each other next to slices of fresh lemon.

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Hi, I'm Amy

I enjoy exploring the world through food, culture, and travel and sharing the adventure with mostly from-scratch, family friendly recipes that I think of as modern comfort cooking.

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Reader questions and reviews

    1. Yes, I think it would work well. It would be a little softer than a traditional tart base, but I think it would taste delicious.