These citrus-flavored sugar cookies are a lovely addition to any holiday cookie platter.

Teresa Ralston
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010


Recipe Summary

1 hr 15 mins
Nutrition Profile:


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt in a small bowl.

  • Beat sugar and butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, honey, lemon zest, orange zest and lemon extract, and beat until blended. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating on low speed just until combined. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes or overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.

  • Roll the dough into 36 balls (about 2 level teaspoons each) with your hands. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake, one batch at a time, until puffed and beginning to crack, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the dough for up to 1 day. Store cookies airtight for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Equipment: Parchment paper or nonstick baking mats

Tip: To soften butter, let stand at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes. Or cut into small pieces and let stand for about 15 minutes. (Do not soften in a microwave--the uneven heat may melt the butter in spots.)

Nutrition Facts

60 calories; protein 0.8g 2% DV; carbohydrates 10.8g 4% DV; dietary fiber 0.2g 1% DV; sugars 6.1g; fat 1.5g 2% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 4% DV; cholesterol 8.6mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 47.8IU 1% DV; vitamin c 0.4mg 1% DV; folate 18.5mcg 5% DV; calcium 2.7mg; iron 0.3mg 2% DV; magnesium 1.6mg 1% DV; potassium 16.9mg 1% DV; sodium 36mg 1% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 5% DV; added sugar 6g.

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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
Great cookies! Really easy. Delicious buttery flavor even though there are only 4 TBS butter. Definitely a step up from your regular sugar cookie. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing Holiday Cookie!! I absolutely love this cookies! It's a great recipe for the holiday (I added 3 tblspns of white chocolate) and for the summer because of the citrus. Will make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing and chewy.. exactly what I expected. I can't stress how chewy they were... the outside was crispy and the inside was sooo moist... the honey added such a great flavor to the cookie. I added one tbsp dark cocoa and replaced half of the white sugar for black sugar and the result was amazing. Besides they were incredibly easy to make no rolling dough and cutting required. New favorite cookie recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Wonderful cookie! These where a hit with everyone who tried them! I did have to pat them down also and I put colored sugar on them for Christmas. I substituted 1 1/2 tsp baking powder for the baking soda and cream of tartar. They turned out crispy on the outside and soft & chewing on the inside. Yum! Pros: Great flavor and nice change of pace from all the chocolate and mint during the holidays Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A wonderful yet easy recipe especially if you have a micro plane to zest the peel. Everyone in my family loves them. They stay soft on the inside for several days and freeze beautifully. I rolled the dough balls in course raw sugar before baking which adds a great touch. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy and delicious! I brought these cookies to an early Xmas dinner party. Everyone loved them people told me I should sell them! At 7 minutes the tops just started to crack removed them and they were perfect. Very soft and the honey/citrus flavor was incredible. I'm can't wait to make them again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My friend and I have been baking Christmas cookies for 32 years. So we know cookies!! These lemon/orange cookies are perhaps the best lemon cookie we have made. Reminscient of lemon bars but not messy they are crisp on the outside with soft lemon/orange inside. We just finished baking and 4 are gone already! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Good but needed to smush Cookies tasted great first sheet the balls didn't flatten or spread out. I slightly flattened the second sheet before baking and they came out great had to cook the full 8 min. Pros: Very tasty Cons: balls didn't spread out Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Vegan Alternative I have friends who are vegan and so trying to find something to bring to their house for dinner is almost impossible for me. I made this recipe with a non-dairy margarine and half a banana instead of the egg and they were super delicious! I had to hide them from my husband to keep him from eating them all before we got to the party. Read More