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Old-Fashioned Lemon Sugar Cookies

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These large cookies have a classic lemony flavor, a chewy texture, and glistening, crackly tops created with a double sprinkling of sanding sugar.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2005
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  • travelbugderek
    23 JUN, 2016
    I use A LOT of Martha's recipes and I'm getting skilled enough to alter many of them to make them healthier (i.e. whole wheat flour, some rolled oats for flour, applesauce for oil, etc.). These cookies are PERFECT. Instead of slightly flattening them, I rolled them in balls and rolled them in granulated sugar. Again, PERFECT!!!
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  • capturedghosts
    17 MAY, 2016
    I've made these cookies twice now, and they're incredible fresh out of the oven. However, both times, as soon as the cookies cooled completely, they became very hard/crisp. They don't seem to retain their chewiness. All ingredients were room temp, I didn't overmix, and I even underbaked them a bit this time, with no success. Has anyone else had this problem? This doesn't happen with any of my other cookie recipes. Could it be the high flour content?
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  • tchicklingmail
    7 NOV, 2015
    I changed the recipe a little bit by using equal amounts of brown & white sugar. I also, added 1 Tbls. chopped crystallized ginger, 1 Tbls. Vanilla Extract, & 1 tsp. baking power. Also, it needs to be refrigerated before baking. Otherwise, it will look like a mess. I refrigerated my second batch, and rolled each cookie in sugar before baking. The family loved the taste, but this is a very thin cookie. I will probably make it again.
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  • natashalu7777
    3 APR, 2015
    I was so excited to make these and I am not disappointed. One word...delicious!!! I used 3/4 cup less sugar. It is perfect. Thank you.
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  • seaprincess112
    4 OCT, 2014
    nice recipe gave a great result for my first successful cookies
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  • -Mary-
    3 AUG, 2014
    Delicous!
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  • 1Tink
    3 AUG, 2014
    Great cookies. For those of you that leave out the lemon and zest, substitute baking powder for the baking soda.
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  • LindaChef 55
    15 JUN, 2014
    I'm wondering if the baking soda should have been baking powder. These cookies were very thin and flat. I'm replacing the soda for baking powder next time and see what happens.
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  • limeyg
    9 OCT, 2013
    Dangerously yummy, decadently rich, delightfully chewy...you NEED to make these! My only complaint is the size/yield; with a 2-inch scoop I only got 16 MONSTER cookies. I would make them at least half the size next time (all the more to enjoy!). I also played a bit with the white/brown sugar ratio, but only to a negligible degree (also, I omitted the sugar topping, as these were plenty sweet and textural without). This is a store-away-pass-on-to-children sort of recipe.
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  • Gingersnap
    31 JUL, 2013
    This is a great recipe! I replaced the lemon ingredients with a little extra vanilla extract and enjoyed a delicious treat!
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