This Lemonade Sugar Cookie Recipe has been a favorite summer dessert in our family for years! With a tart lemon taste, but a soft sugar cookie base, it’s a great twist on a classic cookie!
I first found this recipe in a Family Fun magazine many, many years ago, and I’ve been making them ever since. I’ve taken them to so many picnics and parties, and always get asked for the recipe.
You start with a tart lemon sugar cookie which would be good by itself. But then… THEN… you roll it in lemonade mix and that’s where the magic happens.
The sugar crystals in the lemonade mix get all gooey and almost caramelized when the cookie bakes. I don’t know the right way to describe this, but it gets better. So much better than if you were making just a classic lemon sugar cookie.
This also leads to the age old question… should you grease your cookie sheet or not? For most recipes, you do not need to grease your cookie sheets because there is enough butter in the recipe that they slide right off.
For this recipe, the lemonade mix acts as a barrier between the cookie and the pan and you definitely need to grease that cookie sheet! Otherwise, those sugar crystals want to stick to the cookie sheet like you won’t believe. So grease it. Grease it well.
Bake just until the edges begin to start turning slightly brown. I always under-bake my cookies by about a minute or so and let them finish cooking on the pan for a couple minutes after I take them out of the oven. I love a soft cookie, and these are perfect for me after about 10 minutes.
I used Country Time Lemonade Mix this time, because it’s what I happened to have on-hand. You can use whatever brand you wish. There are even times I’ve craved these and mixed some white granulated sugar with lemon zest and just rolled them in that. It’s not quite as tart, but it gets the job done when the craving hits!
Other Lemon Recipes:
- Lemon Icebox Pie
- Lemon Poppyseed Donuts
- Blueberry Lemonade (option to add vodka!)
- Strawberry Lemon Cake
- Tart Lemon Bread
Other Cookie Recipes:
- Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
- Hershey Kiss Double Chocolate Cookies
- Toffee Chip Cookies
- Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
Lemonade Sugar Cookie Recipe
Lemonade Sugar Cookies Recipe
A tart lemon sugar cookie is rolled in lemonade mix for the perfect summer dessert!
- 1 cup Butter softened
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1 1/4 cup Powdered Lemonade Mix divided
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 tsp Lemon Zest
- 2 3/4 cup Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 cookie sheets and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and 3/4 cup lemonade mix until well combined and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and lemon zest until combined.
In a small bowl, stir together the flour and baking soda. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until completely combined.
In a small bowl, place the remaining 1/2 cup of lemonade mix. Roll the dough into 1" balls and then roll in the lemonade mix. Place on the greased cookie sheets.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or just until the edges begin to brown. Cool on the sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
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