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Soft & Thick Lemon Sugar Cookies

These delicious Soft & Thick Lemon Sugar Cookies are easy to make, infused with a refreshing, light lemon flavor, and topped with thick cream cheese frosting!

Course Dessert
Category Cookie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 Large Cookies
Calories 338 kcal
Author Melissa Rose


  • 3/4 cup 1.5 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 oz cream cheese chilled (ie. straight from the fridge)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small glass bowl, microwave butter until melted. Pour into large mixing bowl. Add in white sugar and powdered sugar and mix for 10 seconds.

  3. Add eggs, vanilla, and lemon extract and mix on medium speed for 20 seconds.

  4. Turn mixer to low speed, and add baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix for 10 seconds. Half cup at a time, add flour and mix until flour is just incorporate (about 10-20 seconds). Do not overmix.

  5. Immediately after mixing, scoop dough into (3 tablespoon sized) balls. Lightly flatten each ball before placing on cookie sheet. (Because this has melted butter, do not let the dough sit out before rolling into balls & baking, or your dough will become dry and crumbly.)
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. (The magic number in my oven is 9 minutes) They may look underdone, but they will finish baking on the hot cookie sheet after you take it out of the oven. (Of course, because ovens bake differently use your best judgement to keep them in a minute longer if they look severely underbaked.)

  7. After removing from oven, allow the cookies to cool on the hot baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing them from cookie sheet.

To make frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese on medium speed using a hand or stand mixer (with paddle attachment) for 2-3 minutes (until light and creamy).
  2. Keeping the mixer on medium speed, slowly add in vanilla extract, lemon juice, lemon extract, and powdered sugar. Once incorporated, turn mixer to high speed and beat for 2 minutes.
  3. Spread or pipe frosting on cooled cookies and top with sprinkles!
Nutrition Facts
Soft & Thick Lemon Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 132mg6%
Potassium 99mg3%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.