Lemonade Cookies

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Indulge in the zesty delight of Lemonade Cookies! This recipe offers a refreshing twist on classic sugar cookies, blending tangy lemon flavor with buttery sweetness for a treat that’s sure to brighten any day.

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These cookies are soft and fluffy, rolled in sugar and delightfully citrusy thanks to the frozen lemonade concentrate.


  • butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • frozen lemonade concentrate

Step by step

  1. Cream butter & sugar.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to incorporate each egg thoroughly
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking soda
  4. Add 1/2 of dry mixture and alternate with 1/3 cup lemonade concentrate, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Chill the dough for at least an hour.
  6. Place additional sugar in a small bowl. Roll chilled cookie dough into balls, about 1 tablespoon of dough per ball. Roll the ball in the sugar and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, placing cookies at least 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are just golden brown. Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
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Tips for Best Results

  • Don’t have an hour to chill the dough? You can make these cookies without the chill time but they will be drop cookies and not quite as pretty. (But they will still taste delicious!!)


  • skip rolling the cookie dough in the granulated sugar and instead dust with powdered sugar after the cookies have baked and cooled
  • want even more lemon flavor? Add lemon zest or extra lemon juice to the batter
  • try pink lemonade or strawberry lemonade concentrate for a fun pink-hued cookie

Sweetly sugared and lightly lemon-y, these are sure to be a hit at your Spring brunch, Easter party, or lemon-themed spread along with lemon coconut cookies, lemon bundt cake, and glazed lemon bars.


Store leftover lemon cookies in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap at room temperature. They taste even better the day or two after you make them, so if you have the patience, they just keep getting better and better!

If you try this recipe please comment and rate it below, I love hearing from you!

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Soft Lemonade Sugar Cookies

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  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 36 1x



1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed & divided
additional granulated sugar to roll the cookies in


  1. Cream butter & sugar.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to incorporate each egg thoroughly
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking soda
  4. Add 1/2 of dry mixture and alternate with 1/3 cup lemonade concentrate, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Chill dough for 1-2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Roll about a tablespoon of dough in your palms into a ball (it will be a little sticky) and then roll it in sugar.
  8. Place cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet or baking stone two inches apart.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  10. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 111
  • Sugar: 11.2 g
  • Sodium: 90.5 mg
  • Fat: 3.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.5 g
  • Protein: 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.5 mg




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  1. Oh yum I love lemon cookies and these look delish! Thanks for sharing!


  2. These sound like great cookies! I’ve never had lemonade cookies, love this idea though, and your recipe looks really good! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Keri,

    Just came over from Mandy “sugar bee” and I think I really have to try this recipe. I made many cookies but haven’t found the perfect recipe yet. Maybe this one will works. I let you know! Thanks for sharing and I’m glad I stopped by.

    Marieke from the Netherlands

  4. Hope you enjoyed your v-k, they always fly but at least we get them. cookis look wonderful my dau is a lemon girl so will have to try these for her……thanks, andi

  5. These sound delicious! Would love for you to share at my party: http://iamaddictedtorecipes.blogspot.ca/p/link-party.html
    Have a great day!

  6. Wow, these sound perfect for summer. I’m totally pinning them. Happy to have found you as a co-host to Ginger’s party. 🙂

  7. Those look fantastic! I would love for you to share it (and any other creations) at my new linky party “Pin it and Win it Wednesday” at www.cheapcraftymama.com!

  8. Those sound amazing!! You had me hooked at lemonade! I need to make these! Thanks so much for sharing this as well at Thursday’s Temptation.

  9. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I used to make something similar but had lost the recipe. Now I can’t wait to make them again!

  10. Yum! Do you know that I have had lemon cookies on my list to-bake for months? MONTHS. I must remedy that! I want these cookies, NOW!

  11. Oh, I love citrusy cookies, in fact I have a batch of citrus-doodles I made yesterday stocking my freezer right now. I definitely need to add your recipe to my “to-bake” list.

    We’d love for you to link this post to our Finished Friday party.

  12. THESE LOOK….OH MY GOODNESS DELICIOUS! I would be thrilled to have you share these at my link party going on!!

  13. These cookies look incredibly delicious and refreshing! Thanks for sharing!

    Take care,


  14. Thanks for stopping by to check out my paper plate baskets! I just pinned this recipe 🙂 few ingredients and delish? My fave!

  15. Your cookies look so good! We hope you’ll be back to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. We loved having you! -The Sisters

  16. Thanks for sharing..I made these and they turned out great (it was my first time making cookies from scratch!)

    The Teacher Tattles

  17. They look light and refreshing, great for those warm summer days. Consider this recipe stolen 🙂

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    1. Hi Sarah – I think the lemon flavor was a little stronger after a day or two once the flavors settle in a bit. If you want a bigger punch of lemon flavor, you could make a simple lemon glaze or frosting, too. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  19. these came out so boring. 1 1/2 hours in frig & still could not roll them. No flavor & I followed the recipe exactly.

    1. Hi Suzanne – I didn’t actually roll these out (like you would a cut out cookie with cookie cutters) but rather rolled about a tablespoon of dough in my hand. It was a little sticky and I just kept my hands a little wet to help with the sticking. I found that these cookies were better the day after they were baked – the flavors seemed to settle in a bit. And these cookies are lightly lemon – not a huge PUNCH of flavor but more of a subtle blend of classic sugar cookie and a hint of lemon. Hope this helps with the success of your cookies!


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