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.