These soft and chewy sugar cookies boast of bright lemon and a hint of almond for a festive treat this season that is sure to brighten your days.
Sugar cookies come in all shapes and sizes, so I’ve learned over the past few years. We’re mostly familiar with the traditional thicker cookie decorated in royal icing, but like many other cookies, these holiday gems are incredibly versatile.
Inspired by lemon drops, today’s sugar cookies are a perfect cross between the two, lending a cake-like texture to the beloved classic.
The beauty in this recipe lies in its simplicity. It’s an all butter batter meaning that unlike some other variations, you don’t need cream cheese. The dough is soft yet pliable enough to roll in sugar before baking, though you could certainly forgo this step and ice these cookies instead. Another fun option is frosting them if icing isn’t really your think. Today, I finished them off with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar.
Now, the key to a soft cookie really depends on the baking time. Like with most cookies I bake, I take them out slightly under-baked and let rest on the hot tray for a minute before transferring them to the cooling rack. This method ensures that the cookies stay soft even after they cool. My recommended time is 10 minutes but it can also depend on your oven temperature. You’ll know the cookies are done when they crack ever so slightly and the edges are turn very light golden.
Lemon, vanilla, and almond are the key flavors. The touch of almond gives these a more wintry-touch in my opinion and play well into the lemon and sweet vanilla.
If you’re not a fan of almond flavoring, you can actually omit the extract. It won’t change the consistency of the dough or the outcome. Lemon and vanilla is still a winning combo.
These cookies will make a bright and pleasant addition to your holiday cookie box. I hope you try them soon and love them as much as I do!Print
Lemon Sugar Cookies
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 2 dozen cookies 1x
- Category: Dessert
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Zest of 1 small lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon whole milk
- 2 cups AP flour
- 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Crystalized sugar, for rolling
- Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of your mix master, beat butter and sugar until combined. Add egg, vanilla, almond extract, lemon zest, and milk. Beat on medium speed until whipped.
- Add flour, salt, baking powder. Mix to combine until a soft dough comes together.
- Spoon about 1 tablespoon worth of dough. Roll between your hands into a ball and roll in crystalized sugar. Flatten slightly and place on the prepared baking sheets. You should be able to fit 4 rows of cookies on each sheet, with four cookies in each row.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies are slightly cracked and the edges are a pale golden color. Remove and let cool on the cookie sheet for about 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before dusting with confectioner’s sugar.
- Cookies can be stored fresh in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.
Keywords: dessert, cookies, lemon cookies, holiday cookies, holidays
Today I finally get to share with you something that’s been in the works here at LTG for some time. I’m excited to be one of Google’s paid early testers for their Thank with Google pilot program!
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It’s just in time for the holiday season so if you come across a recipe you really love and want to share it with your friends and family, you can do so in a new and unexpected way.
This upcoming feature is revolutionary for how the audience and publishers interact. I’ve said it so many times throughout the years, but blogging has connected me with so many wonderful people, many of whom I have been lucky enough to call friends.
When I started blogging, it was just a hobby to share what I love- family recipes. Over the years it grew into something I could never have expected- a community of foodies who share in the same passion. Aside from food though, you have shared with me so many considerable moments over the years- hardships, and celebrations and all the holidays in between. I truly consider you all extended family now and you’ve filled my heart in ways I could never properly express.
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