Soft Lemon Cookie Recipe

A lemon sugar cookie with lemon glaze on a wire cooling rack.

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These chewy iced lemon cookies are soft and lemony and are drizzled with a sweet citrus icing. Made with lemon juice, lemon zest and lemon extract, these cookies are super flavorul. This is the perfect soft lemon cookie recipe.


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Lemon Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • zest of two lemons
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon extract
  • 1 3/4 all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Lemon Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • juice of one lemon
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • splash of lemon extract
  • pinch of salt


  1. Beat softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Butter mixture will lighten in color after a few minutes.
  2. Next, add lemon zest, lemon extract and egg and beat to combine.
  3. Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in baking powder and soda into flour before fulling mixing the cookie dough together. Don't overmix.
  4. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop dough about 2 inches apart onto two parchment lined baking sheets. This recipe makes about 24 small cookies.
  5. Bake cookies at 350F for 10 minutes. Let cool completely. Whisk together lemon icing ingredients and drizzle over cookies. Store in an airtight container for 5 days.