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Lemon Sugar Cookies with Frosting

Lemon Sugar Cookies with Frosting

These Lemon Sugar Cookies with Frosting are soft and chewy with the perfect amount of citrus. The lemon buttercream frosting adds a touch of sweetness to the cookie!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Servings 14 Cookies


For the Cookies

  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature (8oz or 1 Cup)
  • Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 Tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Lemon Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest

For the Frosting

  • Stick Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • Cups Powdered Sugar, Sifted
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon + ½ Teaspoon Lemon Juice


For the Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk together to combine.
  • In a large bowl, using a hand or standing mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy (about 3ish minutes or so). Add in egg, egg yolk, lemon extract, lemon zest and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • Slowly pour in the dry ingredients and beat just until combined (do not over mix). Scoop the cookie dough onto parchment lined sheet trays and place about 2 inches apart. (Chill for about 30 minutes if desired, not required). 
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool before adding the frosting.

For the Lemon Buttercream Frosting

  • While the cookies are in the oven, with a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy- about 2ish minutes. Add in the sifted powdered sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla. Increase to high speed and beat for an additional 3ish minutes. Add additional pinches of powdered sugar if frosting is too thin or a tablespoon of heavy cream if frosting is too thick.