Soft, Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies

Soft, Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies

I love lemons.

I love limes.

I love oranges.

I suppose you could say, I am a girl with a need for a little bit of citrus in her life. Especially when Spring shines her pretty (and sometimes RAINY) face around town, I get to craving everything lemon. These Lemon Cream Cheese Tarts, and these fabulous Lemon Cookies with White Chocolate are two of my all time favorite ways to use lemon. If you are in the mood for something healthy with a hint of lemon give this Penne Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes a go. Fabulous, truly.

Now, if you love sugar cookies and you happen to love lemon you are in a great deal of luck, dear reader. The Soft Frosted Lemon Sugar cookies I am sharing today have a wonderful soft and chewy texture. The frosting is sweet with just a hint of lemon. I’ve made them twice in the past couple of weeks. Because I love lemons (and limes and oranges) as I have previously mentioned.

Let’s make them, man. You, me and a pretty lemon or two….


Time: 60 minutes
Yield: 48 cookies
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

1 C butter, softened
1 1/2 C sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon extract
3 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tb Instant Lemon Pudding Mix

1/2 C butter, softened
4 C powdered sugar
4 Tb milk
2 tsp lemon extract
2 tsp fresh lemon juice (more if you like a lot of lemon kick)
dash salt
yellow food coloring

1. Grab 1 cup of softened butter and 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Toss them into your stand mixer, or large mixing bowl and beat them on medium speed for about 2 minutes.


2. Add 2 eggs,


1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon lemon extract. Beat for an additional 2 minutes or until the mixture is light and slightly fluffy. Sorry about the stain on my lemon extract…she must have gotten something spilled on her. How embarracing, right!


3. Into a separate bowl add 3 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss it around a bit to combine.


4. Grab yourself a box of instant lemon pudding.


Measure out 3 tablespoons and add it to the dry ingredients. Toss it all together to combine.
5. Add the dry ingredients to your mixer and beat until well combined.


6. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place them on the sheet.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes or until the tops…


are cracked like this. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cook for a couple more minutes on the hot cookie sheet.
8. Remove them to a wire rack and let them cool completely.


9. To make the frosting beat 1/2 cup of softened butter until smooth.
10. Add 4 cups powdered sugar, 4 tablespoons milk, 2 teaspoons lemon extract, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, a dash of salt and a few drops of yellow food coloring. Beat the mixture until it’s nice and smooth.

11. When the cookies have cooled completely frost them. Serve and enjoy!

Store leftovers in an airtight container.



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Soft Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies from Jamie Cooks It Up!

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  1. 1
    April 10, 2013 at 4:09 am

    You had me at the picture and at the word LEMON!!!!! I will not rest til I make these cookies.LOL! Thanks for sharing,as always Jamie. I’m always up for anything involving lemon. YUM.

  2. 2
    April 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Jamie! I love your recipes! Can you tell me where you got that beautiful knife that has an awesome handle? You use it with most of your breads. I REALLY want one!

  3. 3
    April 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

    These look amazing! I’m all about lemon-flavored anything, but lemon frosting? I die. I could reeeeeeally use a sunny cookie right now. South Dakota is being hit with too much snow!

  4. 4
    April 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I’m with Lizette.I’d love that knife, as well.

    • 5
      April 11, 2013 at 6:37 am

      Susan and Lizette,
      The knife in the picture is from the following knife set.
      I love it! Couldn’t get along with out it. And you will find the whole set to be pretty reasonably priced. Good luck!

  5. 6
    April 10, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Jamie!! I am on a no dessert challenge until May 28th!! My weakness in life is frosted sugar cookies. I always love lemon bars and pies! I never thought about combining them! I am suppose to bake a birthday cake on May 28th, but I think I am making these if I can make it!

  6. 7
    April 11, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I love lemon and I love sugar cookies. These cookies scream spring. Can’t wait to try them!

  7. 8
    April 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    These look AMAZING! 🙂

  8. 9
    April 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    My frosting turned out super runny. Not at all thick and fluffy like yours. 🙁 but overall, still tasty!

  9. 10
    May 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Do you think that if someone was in a hurry / lazy (not me!) they could just use sugar cookie mix from the store and add the lemon pudding and extract to get the same results?

    • 11
      May 6, 2013 at 9:02 am

      I think you could, actually. The pudding mix gives the cookies a little bit more full texture. Add the extract and I bet you would be good to go. The Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Pouches are pretty darn tasty. Good luck! Hope you love them!

  10. 12
    July 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Could you use 2 tsp of lemon extract instead of 1 vanilla and 1 lemon.

  11. 13
    September 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    These are delish!! Soft and chewy cookie and a great lemony taste!!
    And now I’m curious about that knife!! I’ve never noticed it so trying to find pictures of it!!

  12. 14
    February 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Need to be able to print these recipes w/out all the pictures…

  13. 15
    March 25, 2015 at 8:58 am

    How can you tailor these for someone who is pre-diabetic?

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