Summer Lemon Sugar Cookies

"I call these "summer" cookies because I made them for a June graduation party. They are very refreshing and light. Top with a lemon glaze and you have perfection! I received this recipe in a newsletter from the Old Farmer's Almanac."
photo by Katzen photo by Katzen
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Ready In:
4 dozen




  • Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar; add eggs, beating well.
  • Beat in lemon rind and juice.
  • Gradually add flour mixture, then stir in oats.
  • Chill dough thoroughly (at least 2 hours).
  • Roll level tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place onto greased cookie sheets, allowing room for cookies to spread.
  • Using a flat-bottomed glass or custard cup that has been greased and dipped into sugar, flatten each ball to a 1/4 inch thickness (dip the glass into sugar each time).
  • Bake at 375 degrees F until lightly browned around the edges, about 8 - 10 minutes.
  • Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute, then carefully move to wire rack.

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  1. Very good cookies. Made half the recipe and it gave me 33 cookies. Baked them for 11 minutes and they were crunchy on the edges and semi-soft in the middle, just how we like it. The lemon taste was very subtle and next time I will add more lemon juice and zest. When cooled the dough was very stiff but it was no problem to roll the cookies. Did not flatten with a glass, just used my fingers, which by the way I did NOT dip in sugar.........The suggestion from Jamilah.s Kitchen to make some of the batter into a crust is a very good idea. Will try that and make a lemon pie. I am very pleased I found this recipe. Thanks for posting.
  2. These were delicious. I did make a lemon glaze when I first baked these. I liked how the oatmeal added a crunch. I made a batch and froze the batter then later I baked the rest and made it into a crust for cheese cake. It was delicious. Love Lemon thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Mace for PAC Spring 09.
  3. Personally I would have given it four stars because although the flavor was fantastic (after I tweaked it) I thought the texture was a little weird. However, everyone that tasted them thought the texture was not weird at all, they actually liked the different texture. That being said I decided to give it five stars. I tweaked it by doubling the lemon zest and juice as was suggested by another reviewer. I also added a teaspoon of lemon extract. I like a strong lemony flavor to my lemon cookies. Everyone thought the flavor was fantastic.
  4. ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL TASTE TO THESE COOKIES! I was going to send some off to work with my other half, but they are so addictive that by the time Monday morning came around most of them were gone! We really enjoyed the lemon flavor & another time I'd like to make it even more intense by taking the suggestion & making a lemon glaze! LOVE THOSE LEMONS! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adopted chefs at the tail end of the current PAC]
  5. Nice, light, cookies. Very simple & delicate flavour, slightly chewy texture. These would be a great cookie to cleanse the pallet. Watch them carefully; don't overbake! Made for PAC Spring '09. **Note - I had to change my rating after sending the cookies into my DH's work and everyone was begging for the recipe! They were a HIT!


  1. I doubled the juice and zest as well as added a teaspoon of lemon extract.


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