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Easy Cut Out Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe | Christmas Edition

Adding a fresh twist to the classic cut out sugar cookie, this recipe of lemon sugar cookie will be a great addition to your cookie recipe collection. Easy to roll out and with a simple glaze idea that will brighten up your cookie spread.

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I did not grow up baking cookies but it is a tradition that my family and me have grown to love. For the past few years, we have baked and decorated cookies around the holidays and have completely enjoyed it. Every year, we try to add some new recipes that we like to our cookie boxes and these experimental lemon sugar cookies were the surprise hit this year. The first batch we made was a little low on the lemon flavor but we amped it up in subsequent batches to bring you this perfect lemon sugar cookie recipe.

The sugar cookie

My this recipe of cut out sugar cookies is really the easiest, perfect cookie recipe. Soft, chewy, sweet, buttery with a perfect glaze and a design that you can customize. Why mess with it then, you ask? It is actually not messing with the recipe but taking it to a different level and adding a new flavor profile. This lemon sugar cookie recipe is a fun and festive take on the classic sugar cookie that is, indeed the best. 


The Lemon Sugar Cookie

The recipe is pretty much the same as my other cut out sugar cookie recipe. The changes that I have made include taking out the almond extract and adding lemon juice and lemon zest. The glaze on this cookie is phenomenal. Addition of lemon juice to confectioner’s sugar gives the glaze that distinct lemon flavor that completes the character of this cookie. Buttery, lemony cookie with a slightly tangy, sweet glaze. And don’t even get me started on how easy this design is though I know it looks pretty daunting. While you can make these cookies in any shape, I thought that it’s the season to crack out the star cookie cutters (or stocking cookie cutters will be real cute too). So here are some lemon-flavored sugar cookies with red and green-marbled icing to get into the spirit of the holidays.


Easy Recipe:

I have to admit that for most of my baking recipes, the first step is Plan Ahead! Because I believe in room temperature eggs and butter. But not for this one! Which makes this recipe even easier and another bonus – there is no chilling time like this cookie recipe. Double the fun and no planning ahead! So when craving hits, you can make this recipe right away. I mean – is that a major plus or what!


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5 from 3 votes

Easy Cut Out Lemon Sugar Cookie Recipe

Adding a fresh twist to the classic cut out sugar cookie, this recipe of lemon sugar cookie will be a great addition to your cookie recipe collection. Easy to roll out and with a simple glaze idea that will brighten up your cookie spread.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, Cutout Cookies, Easy Cookie Recipe, Gel Colors, Glazed Cookies, Lemon Cookies, Sugar Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Author Vaishali


For the Dough:

  • 3 cups All-purpose flour + more for dusting
  • 2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter or 2 sticks, cold and cut into chunks
  • 1 Egg large
  • 3/4 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the glaze:

  • 1.5 cups Confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk or half-and-half
  • 1.5 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Red and green gel food coloring


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream sugar and butter at medium speed. Mix the flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl, set aside.

  3. To the butter and sugar mixture, add the egg, vanilla extract, lemon zest and juice and mix in on low speed.

  4. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined, scraping down the bowl.

  5. Transfer the dough out on a floured kitchen counter, the dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands just a little bit.

  6. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to about 1/4″ to 3/8″ thick, and cut into desired shapes (stars in this case). If you do not have a shaped cookie cutter, you could also use a glass jar or cup to cut a circular shape.

  7. Place on parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the cookie sheet, and then transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool completely.

  8. While the cookies are cooling, make the glaze.

  9. In a medium bowl, whisk all glaze ingredients except the food coloring until smooth. Take another bowl and divide the glaze into two parts.

  10. Drip a few drops of gel food coloring on top of glaze in each bowl, then swirl with the tip of a paring knife for a marbled effect.

  11. Dip the cooled cookies into the glaze, letting any excess drip off, then place on a wire rack to set for 15 minutes before serving or packing.

Recipe Notes

For more distinct marbling for all the cookies, add a tablespoon of glaze into a separate bowl for each color and make a lighter shade of the food color. Then add a few drops of this to the glaze bowl along with a few drops of straight up gel color.


If you make these Easy Lemon Sugar Cookies, please leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and Facebook! I love to look through your creations!!

Love – Vaishali

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  1. Bonnie Kaiser

    August 18, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    How much lemon juice? Some of my lemons are very large some smaller, some give much juice, some less.
    Should I have 1 Tbs or 1/4 C or…?

    1. Vaishali

      August 21, 2022 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks for pointing this out, Bonnie. 4 tbsp lemon juice should work. I will make a note for this in the recipe as well.

  2. Susan Whited

    November 28, 2022 at 7:13 am

    5 stars
    These are beautiful! And they look so yummy!

    1. Vaishali

      November 28, 2022 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks Susan! Such a fun recipe!

  3. catnipandkombucha

    November 28, 2022 at 7:59 am

    These look great, pinning for later…

  4. Ivanka Hristova

    November 28, 2022 at 9:40 am

    5 stars
    The cookies look very delicious! I would definitely try it out for Christmas! Thanks!

    1. Vaishali

      November 28, 2022 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks Ivanka. Everyone loves them!

  5. Bart Coleman

    November 28, 2022 at 10:56 am

    5 stars
    Yum!!! I love lemon anything honestly

    1. Vaishali

      November 28, 2022 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks Bart. A great way to cut the sweetness

  6. Jimmy Clare

    November 28, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    I want to bake some cookies right now

    1. Vaishali

      November 28, 2022 at 9:21 pm

      Ha ha…these cookies can have that effect!

  7. April

    November 28, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    My youngest lives all things lemon! I’ll be pinning this to try this holiday season!

    1. Vaishali

      November 28, 2022 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks April. I hope they like these!

  8. Katie

    December 24, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    I see salt in the ingredients, but when do I add it to the recipe?

    1. Vaishali

      December 24, 2022 at 6:05 pm

      Hi Katie, You add it to the flour before adding it to the butter, sugar and egg mix. Hope this helps. Thanks and happy baking!!!

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