Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies
With the first day of spring arriving tomorrow morning at 6:02 am, these delicious Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies are a wonderful way to welcome the new season. I have been waiting for this day to arrive ever since winter began on December 21st. Although tomorrow is the first day of spring, it’s going to feel like the first day of winter! Temperatures are supposed to only be around 26 degrees with overnight lows dipping into the teens (the average temperature this time of year is the mid 50′s). Needless to say, I need some springtime weather coming my way! 😀
This recipe includes fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, giving the cookies a delicious lemon flavor. They’re adapted from one of my favorite cookie recipes, the amazing Chewy Lime Coconut Sugar Cookies! Soft and chewy in the middle with slightly crisp edges…just the way a sugar cookie should be! If you’re a fan of lemony treats, these cookies are for you! They’re certain to steal the spotlight on your Easter dessert table this year.
Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies
Soft and chewy sugar cookies packed with lemon zest and lemon juice for a springtime spin on the traditional sugar cookie.
Yield: 24 cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar, plus 1/3 cup for rolling dough
2 oz cream cheese, softened, cut into 8 pieces
Zest of one large lemon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and still warm
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
Adjust the oven racks to the upper- and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of sugar, lemon zest, and cream cheese in a large bowl. Pour the warm butter over the cream cheese mixture and whisk to combine. Whisk in the oil, egg, milk and lemon juice until smooth. Use a rubber spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the wet, until a soft dough comes together.
Place the remaining ⅓ cup sugar for rolling in a shallow bowl. Roll two heaping tablespoons of dough into ball between your palms, roll the ball in the sugar, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet spacing the balls about 2 inches apart (you should be able to fit 12 cookies on each sheet). Butter the bottom of a drinking glass and then dip the bottom of the glass in the remaining sugar. Flatten the dough balls with the bottom of the glass until they are about 2 inches in diameter, dipping the glass in sugar as necessary to prevent sticking (after every 2 or 3 cookies). Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with the remaining sugar, using about 2 teaspoons per sheet of cookies.
Bake until the cookies one sheet at a time until golden brown around the edges and their center are just set and very lightly colored, 11 to 13 minutes. The tops will be puffy and slightly cracked. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes then using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely.