Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Recipe: Giant Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies

Last September, I was reading Design*Sponge and spotted this cookie recipe from food bloggers Big Girls, Small Kitchen. Being September and apple season at the time, cider and apple pie was all I craved. So I tucked this recipe away for springtime. Now, spring is so close I can taste it. And it tastes like big, giant, chewy lemon sugar cookies. It reminds me a lot of the "Lemonade cookies" sold at The City Market.

Giant Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies
Makes about 20 cookies

2 ¼ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1 egg
1/3 cup coarse sugar (plain, granulated sugar works if it’s all you have)
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Sift the flour, salt and baking soda together.
3. Cream the butter, 1 cup of sugar and lemon zest until very smooth. Add the egg and continue to beat until fluffy. Pour in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined — you don’t want to overmix.
4. Spread the remaining 1/3 cup sugar onto a shallow plate. Form balls out of the cookie dough 2 inches in diameter and roll them through the sugar. Arrange on a cookie sheet 4 inches apart — these spread!
5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until just the edges are golden. The tops of the cookies should remain pale. Cool completely on the cookie sheets before removing to a plate.

Happy Spring !


  1. holy moly that sounds ahmazing! lemon is one of my favorite flavors, ill have to try this one. thx! xoxo jcd

  2. Mmm I love lemon! These sound incredible, I can't wait to make them!

  3. looks scrumptious! a friend shared with me the best recipe for sugar cookies that i have ever used:

    for the lemon variation, you sub out the vanilla for fresh-squeezed lemon juice and the rind of one lemon, and leave out the hazelnuts and the brown butter (in favor of plain old butter).



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