Bring a taste of summer to your kitchen with these Lemon Sugar Snaps! Easy sugar cookies are filled with zesty lemon flavor and rolled in sugar for a sparkly finish. The perfect combo of sweet and tangy!
Do you crave lemon desserts in the summer?
I know I do. The refreshing zing of lemon, whether it’s in a cold glass of lemonade or a sugar cookie, always perks me up on a hot sunny day.
These Lemon Sugar Snaps are something special. While I definitely think of them as a warm weather cookie, they’re too good not to enjoy all year long. So whether your days are full of sunshine and swimming pools, or covered with snow, go ahead and whip up a batch of lemon sugar cookies. Your day just got a little brighter!
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Lemon Sugar Snaps have the crackly sugar coated top of a ginger snap. Instead of spices, I flavored these cookies with lemon, lemon and more lemon. These look beautiful right out of the oven, no frosting required!
I based this recipe on Martha Stewart Lemon Snaps. Since making them the first time, these easy lemon cookies have earned a spot on my regular rotation of favorite cookie recipes. They’re ideal for summertime picnics and lunch boxes.
If you like tea, you’ll love pairing Lemon Sugar Snaps with a cup of earl grey for an afternoon pick-me-up.
What do I need?
Here’s what you need to make these easy lemon cookies:
- baking soda
- cream of tartar
- unsalted butter
This recipe uses both the zest AND the juice of the lemon. Zest the lemons before juicing them. It softens them up so you’ll get more juice!
TIP: roll the lemon on the counter under your hand to soften it up. It will make it easier to juice as well.
How to make lemon sugar snaps
Start by mixing the lemon sugar cookie dough. Refrigerate it for at least 2 hours. Once its chilled, you’ll roll it into small balls. Then roll each ball in granulated sugar until well coated.
I tried rolling them in powdered sugar as well to see which would be best – definitely stick with the granulated sugar.
Bake the lemon snaps until the edges are golden.
How to store cookies
You can also make the cookie dough ahead of time and store it for later. Make sure to wrap it in plastic wrap so it doesn’t dry out. Keep raw dough in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready for homemade lemon cookies, just thaw dough and proceed with the recipe as directed.
Looking for more great lemon cookie ideas? Try my recipe for Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze or these Lemon Coconut Sugar Cookies. The coconut gives them a fantastic tropical touch.
Not into lemon today? These Root Beer Float Cookies pay homage to a soda fountain favorite with delicious results. After you try a couple of less traditional cookie flavors (like Wasabi Chocolate Crinkle Cookies), revisit the greatest hits with a batch of Peanut Butter Cookies or Chocolate Chip Cookies.
This little yellow citrus fruit has so many uses in cooking and baking. From adding zesty flavor, to tartness and moisture, it’s a staple ingredient in dozens of my recipes.
Give them all of my lemon desserts try and see which ones are your favorite!
- Lemon Marshmallow Poke Cake
- Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake
- Blueberry Lemon Bread Recipe
- Easy Lemon Bars
- Lemon Crepes
- Lemon Meringue Cheesecakes
- No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake
It may not seem like it but I do eat food that isn’t dessert too! You’ll love these lemon-infused savory entrees at meal time.
- Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken
- Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta
- Steamed Lemon Herb Tilapia
- Baked Basil Lemon Trout
I found this recipe in the Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, p.93; author, Martha Stewart; publisher Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House; ISBN 0-307-23672-2.
Sunny and sweet, Lemon Sugar Snaps put a little pep in everyone’s step!
Lemon Sugar Snaps
- 2 medium mixing bowls
- 1 Mixer
- 1 small mixing bowl
- 1 sheet plastic wrap
- parchment paper
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar plus more for rolling
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons Freshly grated lemon zest I used three lemons
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in a medium bowl.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add the egg and lemon zest and juice and beat until combined.
- Add the flour mixture; beat until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Transfer dough to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Prepare two large baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
- Place sugar in a shallow bowl and shape leveled tablespoons of dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in sugar to coat completely.
- Place about 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
- Put cookie sheets into oven and rotate about halfway through. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until the edges just begin to golden.
- Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Cookies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
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This post was originally published 4/7/11. It has been updated in format and with pictures on 1/28/22.
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I’m just gonna leave this here for future reference:
Lemon Coolers Knock-off Recipe
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tblsp. water
1 cup powdered sugar
1 pkg. unsweetened Kool-Aid lemonade mix
Preheat oven to 325° F. Cream together sugars, shortening, egg, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl. Add the 1/2 tsp. Kool-aid mix, flour and baking powder. Add 1 Tblsp. of water and continue mixing until dough forms a ball. Roll dough into 3/4-inch balls and flatten slightly onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes (you don’t want them to brown).
As cookies bake, combine 1 cup powdered sugar with the 3/4 tsp. lemonade drink mix in a large plastic bag and shake thoroughly to mix. When the cookies are removed from the oven and while they are hot, add 4 or 5 at a time to the bag and shake it until the cookies are well coated. Repeat with the remaining cookies.
I also added a couple of drops of lemon oil for extra kick.
Oh, my gosh, Pat, thank you! I’m definitely going to have to give these a try!
Thank you for your great things you make . I’m glade I found your blog . My question is .. l can’t find tartar cream here what can I use instead of it?
Fahad, thank you so much for your comment.
Here are some substitutions for cream of tartar: http://www.cookinglight.com/eating-smart/smart-choices/substitute-for-cream-of-tartar
Great flavor in a crispy cookie. Easy to follow instructions.