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Lemon Cookies covered in powdered sugar on a blue napkin.

Lemon Powdered Sugar Cookies

These lemon powdered sugar cookies are sweet, soft and super delicious!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 22 cookies
Calories 122kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest ~zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, set aside.
  • In a large bowl (or bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment), cream the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. 
  • Add the vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Mix until combined, about 1 more minute. 
  • Add the salt, baking powder, baking soda, and flour. Mix until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. 
  • Place the powdered sugar in a bowl.
  • Scoop the cookie dough into 1 ½ inch sized balls. Roll the dough balls in the powdered sugar then place on the baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between each ball.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are set.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 


Store the lemon cookies in an airtight container or Ziplock bag at room temperature for 3-4 days. 
If you want the cookies to have a sharper yellow color, you can add a bit of yellow food coloring to the dough. 


Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg