Perfect Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are divine.These lemon sugar cookies aren’t the only things that were been perfect today. What an awesome Saturday. I enjoyed my coffee in bed, watched a little bit of Food Network, and then listened to my son and his friends that spent the night giggling in the front room. Ushered all the kids, including my daughter, out the door with my wife, who drove them to places they’d been invited for the day. Then, I spent a few hours at the barn riding horses with friends. I came home to find my daughter still at her friend’s house, and then later, my son was invited to spend the night at his friend’s house. My daughter didn’t come home until about dinnertime. With all that quiet free time, I got to try out a few of the recipes I’ve saved on Pinterest. And now, with no further adieu, we come to the cookie recipe portion of this post.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and lightly mist three cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

In a second larger bowl, mix together the sugar and the lemon zest until incorporated. Add the cream cheese, pour in the warm melted butter, and stir together to combine (it will be slightly lumpy).

Add in eggs, lemon juice, milk, vanilla extract, and lemon extract. Stir together until smooth. Then, pour the flour mixture on top and gently fold it into the wet ingredients until a soft dough comes together. Refrigerate for ten minutes to make the dough easier to handle.

Spread about 1/3 cup sugar out on a plate. Scoop a large tablespoon of dough up at a time, and form into a ball. Roll the ball in the sugar until coated and place on cookie sheet, allowing 12 balls per sheet. Bake each sheet on its own for 11 to 13 minutes, but do not over-bake; the cookies are done when they are set and only just beginning to turn a light golden brown around the bottom edge. Allow it to sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.

For me, this recipe made 32 cookies. The cookies are delightful and the recipe is definitely a keeper, or it wouldn’t have made it to my blog. They are the perfect blend of chewy and slightly caramelized on the bottom. The flavor is sophisticated and rich. They would fit right in at a tea party, but since I don’t have many of those around here, I’ll settle for just making my family’s tummy happy with them.

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