My favorite Soft & Chewy Lemon Cookies

They're soft, chewy, and bursting with lemony goodness.
Everything a perfect lemon cookie should be! 

Soft & Chewy Lemon Cookies

Are you ready to bake? 

  • 1/2 cup softened butter (unsalted)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (for rolling dough in before baking) 

Glaze: (optional)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together, then add eggs, vanilla & lemon extract, lemon juice, & lemon zest. Next mix in your dry ingredients until incorporated. 

Grab your favorite kitchen helper to crack the eggs for you! 
Soft & Chewy Lemon Cookies
*If you don't have a mixer, no worries! I've also used a bowl and wooden spoon and everything is still perfect!*

This dough will be very soft and sticky, so it will need to chill in the freezer for 30 minutes, or in the fridge for several hours until firm.
Soft & Chewy Lemon Cookies
 Once the dough is firm and no longer sticks to your fingers, roll about 1 tbsp of dough into ball, and then roll in powdered sugar, and bake for 11 to 12 minutes at 350.
Soft & Chewy Lemon Cookies
I bake mine for about 12 minutes, until the cookies are barely shiny.
Soft & Chewy Lemon Cookies
 Thick and chewy, but not cakey!Soft & Chewy Lemon Cookies
If you're really wanting a lemony treat, whip up the lemon glaze and add when cookies are cool. 
Soft & Chewy Lemon Cookies
Baking notes: I'm a bit particular about how I bake my cookies. I like to bake on a cookie sheet lined with foil. I don't use baking spray; ungreased all the way! There will be enough butter in the cookies to keep them from sticking. Plus, no mess to clean up on your pans! Occasionally I will use a silicone baking mat, but 99% of the time, I'll use foil. 

I'd love to know if you try these! 

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