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16. Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies

Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Lemon Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1  tsp vanilla
  • 2 TBSP milk
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP lemon zest
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.  Add egg, vanilla, sour cream, lemon juice and zest.
  3. Gently whisk together dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix to combine. Continue process, adding 1/3 of the dry ingredients at a time until it’s all mixed in.
  5. Scoop out 1.5 TBSP of dough and roll into a ball. You can use a medium cookie scoop to make this process faster. Rolling the cookie ball is optional, but I wanted very pretty cookies, so I took the additional 5 seconds and rolled them individually. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Cool fully before frosting.
  7. To make the frosting:
  8. Mix butter, vanilla, milk, lemon juice and zest for 30 seconds with a mixer. Add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  9. Transfer frosting to a piping bag with a closed star tip- I used a Wilton 2D. Begin piping in a tight circle in the middle of the cookie. Continue piping frosting in a circular motion until you reach the outside of the cookie. Frosting will set but I recommend not stacking cookies that have been frosted with a rosette so that you don’t squish them. Cookies frosted normally can be stacked though! 

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Originally posted 2019-03-12 14:02:07.

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