Soft Lemon Cookies to Make at Home


In a world that often feels fast-paced and chaotic, there’s something truly delightful about indulging in a freshly baked treat that transports you to a realm of pure bliss. Today, we bring you a recipe that promises to do just that – Soft Lemon Cookies! Bursting with tangy citrus flavors and a melt-in-your-mouth texture, these cookies are the perfect remedy for any dreary day. With a twist of our own, we’ve added a secret ingredient that elevates these sunny delights to a whole new level. So, grab your apron and let’s embark on a zesty baking adventure!


  1. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  5. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)
  6. 1 tablespoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  7. 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract (optional, but adds an extra zing)
  8. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  9. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/4 cup cornstarch (our secret ingredient for ultimate softness!)
  12. Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide:

Step 1: Preparing the Lemon-infused Batter

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C) and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. This will ensure your cookies won’t stick, and cleaning up will be a breeze.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. It’s best to use an electric mixer for this to save your arms for the cookie devouring later!

Step 2: Citrus Burst!

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. This ensures a smooth and uniform mixture.

Now, it’s time for the lemony magic! Stir in the pure vanilla extract, fresh lemon zest, lemon juice, and, if you’re feeling adventurous, a dash of lemon extract. This vibrant combination will elevate your cookies to the epitome of lemony excellence.

Step 3: The Secret to Softness

In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and our secret ingredient – cornstarch! The cornstarch is the key to achieving that dreamy soft texture in your cookies.

Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, ensuring everything is well combined. The batter should be thick and velvety, reminiscent of sunshine in a bowl.

Step 4: Shaping Your Cookies

Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, portion the dough into walnut-sized balls. Place them onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving enough space between each cookie to allow for spreading.

Step 5: Time to Bake!

Slide your baking sheet into the preheated oven and let the cookies bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges turn a delicate golden brown. Avoid overbaking to preserve that luscious softness.

Step 6: Cooling and Optional Dusting

Once out of the oven, let the cookies cool on a wire rack. If you desire an extra touch of elegance, lightly dust them with powdered sugar, adding a snowy touch of sweetness to these zesty delights.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully baked a batch of Soft Lemon Cookies that will dazzle your taste buds and bring a ray of sunshine into your life. These citrusy treats are perfect for sharing with friends, enjoying during tea time, or even as a personal pick-me-up when you need a little cheer. Remember, the secret ingredient is not just the cornstarch but the love and care you put into each step of the process. Happy baking and savor the tangy, tender goodness!


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  1. If you leave out the cornstarch will it give a crunchier cookie?
    Some of us like soft cookies but some like crunchy.
    Thank you

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