Monday, 23 September 2013

Old-Fashioned Lemon Sugar Cookies #CreativeCookieExchange

The Creative Cookie Exchange was established by Laura (The Spiced Life) and Rebecka (At Home with Rebecka), with the idea that we will all have fun baking cookies together. Each month an ingredient or theme will be selected and then we will all be baking some amazing cookies and sharing them with you on our blogs.

The theme selected for this month is Back to School.  

As you might have realised I love to bake, so when I saw this cookie exchange I knew I wanted to take part. I like for my son to have something that is home made in his lunch box, and I have been wanting to try these sugar cookies out so here was the perfect opportunity. 


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks), softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • Sanding sugar, for sprinkling


  1. STEP 1

    Preheat oven to 180c degrees. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl; set aside.
  2. STEP 2

    Put sugars and lemon zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed 30 seconds. Add butter; mix until pale and fluffy, about 1 minute. Mix in eggs, 1 at a time, and then the lemon juice. Reduce speed; gradually add flour mixture, and mix until just combined.
  3. STEP 3

    Scoop dough out to about a large marble size, place cookies 3 cm apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten cookies slightly with a spatula. Sprinkle tops with sanding sugar, then lightly brush with a wet pastry brush; sprinkle with more sanding sugar.
  4. STEP 4

    Bake cookies until golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks using a spatula; let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.
    Recipe from Martha Stewart 

Here's how you can be part of the Creative Cookie Exchange:

  • Write a blog post with recipe and original photo (please include some language here specific to that month's theme). We would like the recipe to be one you’re making for the first time, and photos must be original.
  • Post the Cookie Exchange badge somewhere on your blog so others can join in the fun ~

Creative Cookie Exchange

You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes - be sure to check out our Facebook page, our Pinterest Board, and our monthly posts. You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration for this month's theme, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made so far ~

  • Pecan Chocolate Bars by Laura at The Spiced Life
  • Chocolate Chip Skillet Brownies by Rebecka at At Home with Rebecka
  • Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip by Stacy at Food Lust People Love
  • White Chocolate Oat Cookies by Renee at Magnolia Days
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies by Becca at It's Yummilicious
  • Fortune Cookies by Holly at A Baker's House
  • Whole Wheat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies by Karen at Karen's Kitchen Stories
  • Orange Cookies by Kathya at Basic N Delicious
  • Melting Moments by Felice at All That's Left Are The Crumbs
  • Pumpkin Oatmeal Pecan Cookies by Sophie at If I Ever Owned A Bakery...
  • Peanut Butter No-Bakes by Miranda at Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
  • Banana Apple (Banapple) Spice Cookies by Kim at Liv Life

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    I would also like to thank Amanda from Graham's Landing  for sending me some lovely gifts I had won in her first giveaway. 

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    1. I love homemade cookies! This recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing it.

    2. I wish I had a new recipe to share for this one but my goodness I about fell over when I saw your recipe! All you had to say was sugar and lemon! Yum! Thank you for sharing this one!!!

    3. Yum....I'll have to try these! Love anything lemon.
      Happy week to you :)

    4. It would be so much fun to participate in this! I have a recipe in I just have to see if I can make the time to follow your directions, but whether I can or not, thanks for posting :)

    5. Thank you for sharing the recipe, it looks delicious! Julie x

    6. Mind if I take one? These are mouth watering, there's nothing better than a homemade biscuit/cookie.

    7. Your biscuits look very tasty! Love the idea of the link up and am tempted, but trying hard just to keep up with the scavenger hunt!

    8. Ooohhh yum! I think you need to construct a cook book.

      Nina x

    9. These look delicious, thanks for sharing.
      Patricia x

    10. Those sound great. I love sugar cookies but have never tried them with lemon, I think it would be delicious.

    11. I love your new header and those cookies look so yummy too.
      Sarah x

    12. This is a great cookie! I love the citrus flavor of lemon, it brightens up the cookie. This would be perfect for my lunch!


    13. Lucky me, my daughter loves to bake. These look simply divine (nice photography, btw) and how I love lemony desserts :)

    14. Yum yum!! Well done for winning the giveaway. x

    15. I think I'm putting on weight just reading your blog, Jill! I love to bake too, but I can't resist what I bake. So I have to work out more! Terry and I are working our way through a peach pie I made on Sunday afternoon. I need to bake cookies for Thanksgiving dinner ~ so I'll be back here looking for a recipe! Take care!

    16. Love your recipe and lovely photos. I think I might have to join in the cookie exchange. Might give me the push I need to try some recipes I've been wanting to bake for a while instead of same old!

    17. I LOVE these cookies! Yum! Thanks for joining us!

    18. Lemon + sugar cookies = heaven. Loveeee this recipe!


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