Grandma's Old-Fashioned Lemon Butter Cookies Recipe Is So Refreshing by 30Seconds Food

Grandma's Old-Fashioned Lemon Butter Cookies Recipe Is So Refreshing

When it comes to baking, we think the best recipes are the simplest recipes. And when it comes to old-fashioned cookies, they just don’t get any easier (or more delicious) than Grandma's old-fashioned lemon butter cookie recipe.

Soft, chewy and loaded with lemon flavor, this easy lemon cookie recipe is sure to be one you'll make for years to come. You can whip up a batch of these refreshing cookies for a simple dessert anytime you need some baking therapy. Here's what you need: butter, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, an egg, flour, baking soda and dash of salt. The additional sugar for rolling is optional.

These cookies make a sweet snack anytime during the day. Serve them with a cold cup of milk or a hot cup of coffee or tea. A perfect Easter dessert, just like Grandma used to make! 

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes plus 30 minutes to chill dough
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes plus 30 minutes to chill dough

Servings: 24


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar, for rolling (optional)

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Recipe Notes

  • The number of cookies will depend on how much batter you use for each cookie.
  • For fun, you could garnish with sugar and/or additional lemon zest.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container to keep them soft.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes
  2. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and egg. Beat to combine.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. 
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  5. Put the 1/4 cup sugar into a shallow bowl (if using). 
  6. Form the dough into balls. Roll the balls into the sugar, if using, then place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are very lightly browned. Cool on the cookie sheets for a few minutes, then remove to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 148

Total Fat: 8.3g

Saturated Fat: 5.1g

Cholesterol: 36mg

Total Carbohydrate: 17.2g

Dietary Fiber: 0.7g

Total Sugars: 6.8g

Protein: 2.1g

Vitamin D: 1mcg

Calcium: 10mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 49mg

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Julie Rose
How delicious! 😍
I love lemon cookies. Making these very soon…
Elisa Schmitz
Pure lemony goodness. Absolutely YUM!

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