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Lucky Lemon Sugar Cookies


These lemony sugar cookies won't last long.

  • Yield: Makes about 6 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Fall 2004


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • Colored sanding sugar, for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Cream butter, shortening, and granulated sugar on medium-high speed in the bowl of a mixer with the paddle until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in eggs and zest. Mix in flour mixture, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Refrigerate dough 15 minutes.

  2. Roll teaspoonfuls of dough into balls; roll in colored sugar. Place 2 inches apart on lined sheets. Bake until edges are set but centers are soft, 7 to 8 minutes. Cool on sheets 2 minutes; transfer to wire racks.

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  • blueeyedcook
    28 MAR, 2013
    So glad I tried this a few days before Easter. The recipe itself tastes great, but the consistency of these cookies is awful. Thin, crumbly, and stick to the paper or a greased pan. I would just go with a snickerdoodle recipe and add the lemon flavor. Will not be making these again!!!
  • rayneday2
    14 MAR, 2012
    HIgher altitude... add up to 1/2 cup of flour, and you should never let your butter sit out past 1/2 hour or 30 min. As per Martha, or your cookies could spread because your butter is too warm.
  • marci65
    20 MAR, 2011
    I am a lazy baker, and I don't always have fresh lemon in the house when I want to bake. Has anyone tried this with bottled lemon zest sold in the spice aisle?
  • MS10023006
    18 MAR, 2011
    Thank you so much auntiemaryann and judenco! Some of these recipes call for attachments that I don't have! Foods Now I will try to make the cookies! haha
  • judenco
    18 MAR, 2011
    Regular beaters will work just fine.
  • auntiemaryann
    18 MAR, 2011
    levidan, use the mixer you've got. back in the day, i only used a wooden spoon. cookies came out great. best regards!
  • MS10023006
    18 MAR, 2011
    I got this email recipe today 03/18/2011, and I have a question for anyone that can answer this. The recipe states, "High speed in the bowl of a mixer with the paddle", however I do not have a paddle with my stand mixer. Will the recipe work just as well with regular beaters? I hope someone else got this recipe e-mail today as well.
  • SusanCheyney
    5 AUG, 2010
    High altitude...Add 2 tablespoons flour, cut back the baking soda by about one third, reduce butter and sugar by 1 tablespoon each. Use extra large eggs.
  • GrammaMambo
    2 AUG, 2010
    Cookies are good, but was wondering if there were any changes for a higher altitude. They ended up being about 4 inches across and only 1/8 of an inch in thickness. Husband likes them.
  • MBS4174
    17 NOV, 2008
    made these for a family party last month and received some very high praise. one guest told me they reminded him of his mom's recipe from when he was a boy. also made them for 2 bake sales and they sold right out.