Lemon Sugar Cookies

To add on to my ever-growing list of lemony goodness, I bring you these gorgeous lemony cookie clouds. If you look at my recipe list, you’ll notice the lack of cookie recipes.

I need to come clean. I am not a cookie person. I like cakes, crumbles, pies… just not cookies. And I don’t know why. They are supposed to be very nice, right? I just find cookies to be the drier cousin of cakes. Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks like that.

Despite that, I decided to make 2 types of cookies for my Mom’s Chinese New Year cookie table. One of which I’ll be featuring soon enough. For today, I want to share with you these. Lemon cookies. They were a big big hit! To my surprise, honestly. The bright lemony fragrance really shone through and that appeals to so many. I had a total of… 3? Since it was well received, I figure it’ll be good to bump up my blog with one or two cookie recipes. You know, in case cookie junkies come by. 😉

So these contain Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Butter, Sugar, Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice, Egg and more Sugar
Lemon Sugar Cookies 1

These cookies called for loads of lemon zest. It was like perfume! There was no mistaking that these were lemon cookies.
Lemon Sugar Cookies 2

The process is really simple. Beat up the butter and sugar. Then whisk in the egg, zest, juice & vanilla.
Lemon Sugar Cookies 3

Followed by beating in the dry ingredients.Lemon Sugar Cookies 4

And we’re done with the dough! Super easy, right? Now comes the fun part. Rolling and dunking!Lemon Sugar Cookies 5

I did these in 2 sizes. Actually I rolled the first batch into 1-inch sized balls. I found that the cookies turned out too big for my taste so I halved it. You know, to be cute.Lemon Sugar Cookies 6

They puff up and get all pillowy in the oven. I’d sleep on those. If only my pillows smelled as glorious.Lemon Sugar Cookies 7

These will sink and crisp up every so slightly on the outside while remaining chewy inside. Lemon Sugar Cookies 8

I haven’t seen anyone putting out lemon cookies for Chinese New Year. I like to think I’m unique. 😛Lemon Sugar Cookies 10

These looked exactly like the original recipe. Like, totally the same. A good indicator that the original recipe is a good one.Lemon Sugar Cookies 9

These are sweet. Like really sweet. Seeing that their name is Lemon Sugar Cookies. But if you’re like my family, you might want to reduce the sugar a little and forgo the sugary crust. Just sayin’.Lemon Sugar Cookies 11

As a cookie-indifferent human being, I have to say I did enjoy them. Probably has something to do with the lemons.

xoxoxo, Jayne

“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” (Luke 6:35)

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Lemon Sugar Cookies
recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod
(makes 3 dozen cookies, or 5 dozen small nibblets)


2 3/4 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
Zest of 2 large lemons
1 1/2 cup White Caster Sugar
1 cup Regular Salted Butter, at room temperature (if using unsalted, add 1/2 tsp Salt)
1 large Egg
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Caster Sugar for rolling cookies (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F or 175 C. Line baking sheets with parchment paper & set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda & baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, beat together butter & sugar until smooth & creamy.
  4. Add lemon zest, egg, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Mix until combined. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
  5. Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in sugar. This will produce cookies of about 2 inch diameter.  Place on prepared baking sheets,  about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are slightly brown around the edges and set. Let cookies sit on the baking sheets for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

*If you prefer less sweet cookies, you can forgo rolling the dough in sugar. Reducing the sugar in the dough would affect the end result. If you tried that and succeeded, I’d love to hear about it!


  1. I love lemony dessert. Lemon meringue pie and lemon slice are my favourites. I do like cookies too, but now I think of it I prefer pies and cakes more, just like you. 🙂

    • So nice to have a like-minded friend. 🙂 If it all comes down to it, lemons might be my favourite fruit because they are so versatile. Lovely in both sweet and savoury dishes. Speaking of which, probably time to make some lemon bars.

  2. Citrus and sweets – my favorite combination! Please send them to me! 🙂

  3. I love anything lemony, your cookies look so delicious!


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