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Super Soft Lemon Cookies

Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

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These Super Soft Lemon Cookies are simple, lemony and incredibly tender. The secret? Cream cheese! Once baked top with a dusting of powdered sugar and prepare to fall in love.
Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, citrus, cookies, cream cheese, lemon, lemony cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 27 cookies
Calories 108
Author Laurie McNamara


  • cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) softened
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese (4 ounces) softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 lemon juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar. Set aside.
  • Combine lemon zest with granulated sugar. Use your fingers to massage the sugar into the zest. Stop once the sugar resembles wet sand.
  • In a larger bowl, add softened cream cheese, unsalted butter and lemon sugar. Mix until light and fluffy.
  • Next add in the whole egg plus an egg yolk, vanilla, lemon extract and juice of 1/2 a lemon. Mix until incorporated.
  • Gradually add in the flour mixture. Mix until the flour is just combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as you go.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Once chilled, preheat your oven to 375°
  • Use a metal scoop to measure out the cookie dough. Place 12 scoops of cookie dough 2-inches or so apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
    Keep unused dough refrigerated between batches, otherwise the cookies will spread more while baking.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, rotate the pan halfway through baking.
  • Remove and let cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completley.
  • Once cooled, dust with powdered sugar.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg