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Bakery Style Lemon Sugar Cookies |

Bakery Style Lemon Sugar Cookies


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup all vegetable butter flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zest of 1 large lemon (save lemon for juice in frosting)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • yellow food coloring or yellow sprinkles, optional


  1. In the bowl of beat together butter, shortening, sugar and lemon zest with an electric stand mixer, medium speed until fluffy.
  2. Add in egg and mix until blended.
  3. Then add egg white, lemon extract and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Add the cake flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Blend in just until combined.
  4. Place dough in an airtight container and refrigerate 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration.
  6. Scoop out an even 1/4 cup of dough at a time and roll into a ball.
  7. Place dough ball on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle top lightly with flour.
  8. Light press to dough down with your hand, flattening it slightly.
  9. Then using something flat and smooth (such as the storage container lid), press and evenly flatten dough to 1/2″ thick and 2 2/3″ – 2 3/4 ” in diameter.
  10. Place six cookies on a cookie sheet. Bake in 375 degree oven 9 – 11 minutes, just until edges begin to get golden.
  11. Allow to cool 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost with Lemon Frosting.
  12. For the lemon frosting:
  13. Combine butter, powdered sugar, lemon extract, and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip until frosting is smooth and fluffy.
  14. Mix in food coloring if desired. Frost cookies with frosting and sprinkle cookies with yellow sprinkles if desired. Makes 12 cookies.
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