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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sweet Saturday: Lemon Sugar Cookies!

Happy Saturday, my dear friends! I hope everyone is doing well! :o)

What a week it has been. My sweet dad had surgery yesterday and not the greatest of days leading up to it. But he is always a brave little toaster and I am so proud of him! I positively needed to bake him a quick treat to end the day on a sweet note. A burst of sunshiny love, courtesy of beautiful lemons: Lemon Sugar Cookies!
We all loved them! The lemon zest and lemon juice are such bright, refreshing flavors... and although treats are turning to beloved Autumn favorites, I couldn't resist going the summery route for the occasion. Much of his summer has been spent in pain, so before I spoil him silly with pumpkin, apple, and all sorts of harvesty desserts, I wanted to give him some sunshine on a plate. :o) These cookies have soft and chewy interiors with delicate crisp edges. And you know what makes them even better? They sparkle with my love. :o) Okay, maybe technically the sugar they were rolled in is what's sparkling... but still. ;)

I inadvertently rolled mine larger than intended, but no one seemed to mind. They were a lovely ending to a tough day. :o) Sparkly cookies are magical.

Thank you for zipping on by! I wish you a day sparkling with love and light. :o) Hopefully I'll be playing with Copics and making a fun little card today. It can be so soothing. :o)

Lemon Sugar Cookies
Yield: 3 dozen cookies

2¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
Zest of 2 large lemons
1½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Extra granulated sugar for rolling cookies

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth. Add lemon zest, egg, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Mix until combined. With the mixer on low speed, gradually blend in the dry ingredients.

Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets, about 1½ inches apart.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are slightly brown around the edges and set. Let cookies sit on the baking sheets for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

* To keep cookies soft, store with a slice of bread in an airtight container.

Source: Two Peas & Their Pod


  1. I'm glad all is okay with your Dad, and I'm sure he indulged on those yummy Lemon Sugar cookies too! They look delicious by the way.....
    TFS the recipe - love your amazing talents my friend.
    You are a master of everything!
    Enjoy your lovely weekend~

  2. WOW These look delicious Karen, a really thoughtful treat for your dear Dad. Thank you for the recipe, making me hungry just looking at it!
    I hope you dad makes a good recovery and you take care too.

    Hugs Sue

  3. i was so sad to hear about you dad.. i will be keeping him in my prayers (as well as you and your mom). He is so blessed to have you as his daughter, i am sure the cookies brought a BIG smile to his face. Everything you do sparkles with love my friend.. Sending you a BIG hug and hope your dad has a speedy recover.. love and hugs

  4. *hugglers my bravest little toaster sis and her sweetest bravest little toaster daddy tighter than ever*


    I can't even begin to say how proud God is of you both for sparkling through yesterday with so much grace and strength. Your daddy is going to heal up SO nicely now, Sunshine and everyday he will grow stronger than ever in God's squishy love. And do you know what else is going to help him heal up faster than ever? THESE COOKIES!!! AHHHHHHHHH!!!

    GASP! Aren't they amazing, sis?! I LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!! I am for sure going to try to make some in the next little while. I just can't get them out of my head. My tummy is screaming for me to make them right this second! Will you help me make them sis? I refuse to have any others than the perfection ones you bake! WHEEEEEEE!!!


    *forever squishy lemon zest sparklie hugglers*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  5. Awwww....My prayers are with you and your Dad!!!!The cookies look yummy!!Wish I had some right sweets!!TFS
    Sending my bloggie love,hugs,and prayers to you and your Dad!

  6. I am so glad your sweet Dad is doing better!! I am keeping him (and you and your family) in my prayers. Ummm, these cookies look delicious!! I bet they do taste like a burst of sunshine!! I would love to have some right now!! I hope you have a wonderful, happy evening my dear friend!! Huge HUGS!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Sugar Cookies are my favorite...and adding the Lemon sounds like a dream. Great recipe

  8. I'm so glad I stopped by to see what you have been doing:) I am going to try these cookies when I can, they look so good! But now I am going to my prayer closet to say some prayers for your Daddy. Please let me know how he is doing.
    Your heart is so big and you share with so many, please let me share your burdens too! I love you, Pam

  9. "I inadvertently rolled mine larger than intended..." That made me LAUGH!!! There's nothing wrong with oversized cookies!! I'm not surprised that nobody seemed to mine!
    I'm sorry about your dad and do hope that he is recovering well. I'm sure these cookies did a lot to bring some cheer to his life.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'm hoping to give it a go next weekend. My middle guy loves lemon so I'm quite certain they will be a hit! He's had a bit of a rough week and I've been overdoing the treats... but more won't hurt at all!!


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