Soft Lemon Cookies

Just in time for a nice spring picnic. These Soft Lemon Cookies will be the perfect complement to a nice, cold glass of iced tea or a cold glass of milk. Sweet, tart, and perfectly delicious.

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Soft Lemon Cookies

The perfect cookies for lemon lovers. I honestly think that these Lemon Cookies are the softest, most chewy cookies I’ve ever had. They have just the right amount of tang and sweet lemon flavor that melts in your mouth.

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Are you looking for cookies and cookie bar recipes for a nice treat? Try, some of my other recipe posts, like  these Coconut Lemon Bars ,  or these soft Gingersnap Cookies . These Vanishing Oatmeal Bars are the perfect chewy snack bar. 

Making Ahead and Storage

This Lemon Cookie Recipe can be made several days in advance and left out at room temperature. They will not harden. To ensure that they stay soft you can cover them in an airtight container and store them at room temperature. If you cover them, you might want to place wax paper between layers of cookies to prevent them from sticking to each other

Can I Freeze the Cookie Dough?

Absolutely. You can usually freeze cookie dough for up to three months. Drop rolled cookie dough on parchment-lined sheets with space between them and freeze. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer-proof bag. Allow for a few extra minutes while baking to make up for the frozen dough

Can I Glaze these Lemon Cookies?

You can, but I wouldn’t recommend it. The cookies already have a lemonade brushed topping with granulated sugar sprinkled on top making them the perfect combination of tangy and sweet.

How do I make a Glaze for cookies?

If you do decide to add a lemon glaze to the cookies, just mix about 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1 to 2 Tbsp. of water and a squeeze of fresh lemon for some tartness until it thickens to the right glaze consistency (it will harden more as it cools on the cookie). If it is too runny, add more powdered sugar.

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Tips and Tricks for Making this Lemon Cookies Recipe:

  • I like to roll my cookies into balls the old-fashioned way just like my mom used to into cookie dough balls, but it’s much easier and more uniform to use a cookie scooper
  • Don’t brush cookies with lemonade directly on your baking sheet, unless you don’t plan on reusing it to bake more. The lemonade and sugar will get all over the parchment paper or mat
  • Use wax paper to catch the runaway lemonade you brush on the cookies. Place a sheet under your wire rack. When you’re done, fold up your wax paper and toss it in the trash – Easy, Peasy!
  • Lemon zest would be a delicious addition to the sugar and lemonade topping


  • softened unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • applesauce
  • eggs
  • all-purpose flour
  • Lemonade  Powder Mix
  • baking soda


  • Lemon flavor drink mix
  • water
  • sugar for sprinkling

Extra Equipment:

  • cooling rack
  • wax paper
  • kitchen basting brush
  • parchment paper or silicone cooking mat

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soft lemon cookie recipe

Lemon Cookies

Tangy, sweet, and soft lemon cookies. So refreshing. Perfect for a nice summer day.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 48
Calories: 87cal
Author: Melissa


  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Lemonade Drink Mix
  • 1 tsp. baking soda


  • 4 Tbsp. Lemonade
  • Sugar for sprinkling

Extra Equipment:

  • cooling rack
  • wax paper
  • parchment paper


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • In a mixing bowl or stand mixer – cream the butter and sugar together
  • Add applesauce and eggs
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, lemonade powder, and baking soda
  • Mix the dry ingredients into  the wet mixture
  • Either use a cookie scoop or roll the dough into 1&1/2 inch balls and place it onto baking sheets that have been lined with parchment paper
  • Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes
  • Transfer to a wire rack
  • While the cookies are still warm, brush the cookies with your Lemonade and sprinkle with sugar



store cookies at room temperature for up to five days
Nutrition facts are only an estimate


Calories: 87cal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Patricia Sturdevant

    I don’t see the recipe.

    1. Melissa Haines

      Oh my goodness. I just added it back into the post. I honestly don’t know how that happened. I’m sorry that you wasted your time on a recipe with no recipe. It’s there now, if you want to try them. I promise you. They are delicious! Now, I have to check a bunch of other posts and make sure the recipe card is there. Thank you for the heads up!