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Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 32 cookies 1x


You’ll never want plain old sugar cookies again after you try these! The lemon flavor is obvious but does not overtake the cookie. The cookie is soft and almost like a cross between sugar cookie and shortbread. The frosting is a must and ties everything together in a beautiful and delicious bow. I dare you to just eat ONE cookie. It’s impossible.




  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 5 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Zest from one lemon
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 Tbsp milk


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 3 cookies sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. Make the dough: add butter, shortening, sour cream and zest to mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Mix for one minute on a low speed. Add in sugar and vanilla, mix until smooth. Add in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix on low speed until the dough comes together and flour disappears.
  3. Form the cookies: Use a cookie scooper (about 1 1/2 Tbsp dough) and scoop the dough onto a cookie sheet.
  4. Flatten the cookies: Use the bottom of a glass to flatten the cookies. They aren’t supposed to look perfect, they will be “rustic” on the edges.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes. They won’t look brown or “done.” Let them rest on the pan for about 3-5 minutes and then remove the cookies and let them cool on a cooling rack.
  6. Make the frosting: Beat the butter, sour cream, powdered sugar, lemon juice, zest and salt together in a bowl. Add in the milk and mix until smooth and creamy.
  7. Frost the cookies: Once the cookies are cooled use a butter knife to generously frost the cookies.
  8. Eat and enjoy! Freeze leftovers in an airtight container. I like to microwave a frozen cookie for about 9 seconds for a perfect treat.


This recipe is adapted from A Bountiful Kitchen’s Lemon Lime Sprig Cookies.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven