Lemon Butterball Cookies

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These lemon butterball cookies are melt in your mouth delicious! Buttery cookies with a hint of lemon rolled in powdered sugar. 

If you enjoy lemon desserts be sure to try  lemon cookies , blueberry lemon pie and lemon pull-apart bread

lemon cookies stacked on a plate

These lemon butterball cookies are a huge hit at our house. Buttery cookies infused with hints of lemon make a tasty combination. 

I love serving them with coffee, hot tea or even a tall glass of iced tea in the summer. These sugar confections are sure to become a favorite. 

Why this recipe works

  • Delicious version of snowball cookies with a lemon twist.
  • Great gift for friends and family.

Find full recipe HERE

Ingredients needed

Butter – This is the big ingredient for this cookie so make sure you use quality butter. 

Powdered sugar – I like using Imperial Sugar confectioners powdered sugar

Vanilla extract – Adds a nice warm sweet note.

Lemon juice and lemon zest – This adds the perfect amount of tart to this sugar cookie. 

Lemon extract – Enhances the lemon flavor. 

All-purpose flour


How to make lemon butterball cookies

  1. Cream butter and powdered sugar together. 
  2. Add in the vanilla and lemon extract, zest and lemon juice.
  3. Slowly mix in flour and salt. 
  4. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Roll dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheet. 
  6. Bake for about 12 minutes and then let cool for a few minutes and roll in powdered sugar.
  7. Let completely cool and roll in powdered sugar again.  

lemon zest on a plate, cookie dough in balls on sheet pan, cookies baked

Can you freeze?

These cookies can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. You might need to re-roll them in powdered sugar once they thaw. 

Recipe tips

  • Make sure butter is softened to room temperature.
  • This dough can be made ahead of time, just cover and keep in the refrigerator. 
  • Make sure to give the dough enough time to chill, at least 30 minutes, before rolling and baking. This helps to chill butter.
  • Use a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop for the batter to keep cookies even size. 

For full, printable recipe, click on Lemon Butterball Cookies

snowball cookies stacked on plate

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**I have an ongoing relationship with Dixie Crystals for recipe development. I was compensated for my time to create this recipe. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



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