Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Jill Published: December 1, 2020 Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies

These lemon cookies are sweet and perfectly chewy. On top of that, they’re also infused with some fresh lemon juice for that perfect level of tartness.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



  • cupsall-purpose flour
  • 2tspcornstarch
  • 1tspbaking powder
  • ½tspBaking Soda
  • ½tspsalt,heaping
  • ½cupunsalted butter,at room temperature
  • 3tbspvegetable shortening,at room temperature
  • 1cupgranulated sugar
  • 1tspfresh lemon zest
  • 1largeegg
  • 1tbsphoney
  • 2tsplemon extract
  • ½tspvanilla extract
  • 1tbspFresh Lemon Juice
  • Yellow food coloring,optional
  • 3ozcoarse sanding sugar,or granulated sugar, for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, shortening, granulated sugar and lemon zest until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg.

  3. Add honey, lemon extract, vanilla, fresh lemon juice and yellow food coloring to reach desired intensity of color (if using) and mix until combined. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until well blended.

  4. Place coarse sanding sugar in a bowl then scoop the dough out about 2 tablespoons at a time. Roll each one in the coarse sugar to evenly coat.

  5. Transfer parchment paper-lined baking sheets, flatten slightly to about ⅔ inch and bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for 1 minute then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Calories: 150.05kcal
  • Fat: 6.00g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.04g
  • Trans Fat: 0.38g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1.82g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.71g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.86g
  • Fiber: 0.36g
  • Sugar: 13.20g
  • Protein: 1.59g
  • Cholesterol: 18.70mg
  • Sodium: 83.88mg
  • Calcium: 19.45mg
  • Potassium: 19.50mg
  • Iron: 0.65mg
  • Vitamin A: 37.24µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.58mg
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