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Lemon 'Swig'Style Sugar Cookies

If you are a fan of citrus, you will be a fan of these Lemon 'Swig' Style Sugar Cookies. They are perfectly soft, sweet, and oh so lemony!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Sugar Cookies
Prep Time 18 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 296 kcal
Author Yvonne


For the Cookie

  • c. + 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. cream of tarter
  • 1 c. 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • c. sugar + ¼ c.
  • ¾ c. powdered sugar
  • ¾ c. canola could also use vegetable
  • 2 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs room temperature

For the frosting

  • 5 tbsp. butter room temperature
  • c. + 1 tbsp. sour cream
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 ½ to 4 ½ c. powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 drop yellow food coloring


Sugar Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.    

  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tarter; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream butter and both granulated & powdered sugars together for 2 minutes until fluffy. Slowly stream in the oil while beating. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla and then beat in the eggs one at a time until well combined.

  4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing until combined (scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed). 

  5. Roll dough into 2 inch balls to make approx. 36 cookies. Place ¼ cup sugar in a small dish. Place rolled dough on a baking sheet about 3 inches apart. Using a drinking glass (or something that is 2.5 inches in diameter), dip into sugar. Press the glass into a ball of dough until it is ½ inch thick (the dough will form a jagged edge and spill past the edge of the glass). Repeat the process of dipping the glass into sugar and pressing it into a ball of dough.

  6. Bake for 8 minutes only. Gently remove cookies from pan onto a cooling rack and let them cool completely. Place them in an air tight Tupperware in the fridge. 


  1. Cream butter and sour cream.

  2.  Slowly add powdered sugar a little at a time, alternating with adding the lemon juice. Add extra lime juice or powdered sugar if needed to reach desired consistency.

  3. Lastly, add food coloring and vanilla; mix until combined. 

  4.  Spread over cold cookies and serve immediately or let the icing dry (it will dry to the touch) and then store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Garnish & Glaze

Nutrition Facts
Lemon 'Swig'Style Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 139mg6%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.