Citrus Sugar Cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day!! When I was a little girl, my Dad had 3 valentines every year(my mom, me, and my sis).  He would bring home 1 big bouquet of flowers and big box of chocolates for my mom and 2 smaller bouquets and box of chocolates for my sister and I.  He sure knew how to make all his girls feel special!  In honor of this special day, I decided to make some citrus sugar cookies.  Adding citrus zest to these cookies gives them a wonderful flavor, so you don’t need to add frosting (well of course you can add frosting if you want), but I just added some colored sugar for presentation.  These cookies are delicious and perfect for your special someone.  Hope you are enjoying your day!


  • 1 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Decorative sugar for sprinkling


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy.  Add sugar and beat for 2 minutes until combined.
  2. Add egg yolk and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, and zests and add to butter mix.  Beat on low until combined.
  4. Scrape the dough onto a work surface and divide into 2 discs.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Remove dough from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. On a floured work surface, roll out one disc of dough to 1/4 inch thick.  Using a heat cookie cutter, cut out shapes and place on baking sheet.
  8. Repeat with the remaining dough scrapes being sure not to roll the dough more than 2 times, as it will become tough.
  9. Repeat with the second disc of dough.
  10. Sprinkle tops of cookies with sugar.
  11. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until tops are light golden.  Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before moving to a wire rack.


Filed under Baked Goods, Desserts

15 responses to “Citrus Sugar Cookies

  1. Oh, these are so pretty! And your dad sounds like a wonderful man. You lucky women! Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

  2. My dad brought flowers for my sister and I when we were younger too 🙂 I love when dads do that. And, I love these cookies! Citrus always adds the best hint of flavor to make sugar cookies extra special. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Lovely cookies! And the story about what you dad did on Valentine’s Day is soooo sweeettt. Thanks for sharing! And Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  4. Your Dad sounds like a wonderful man! And these cookies sound pretty wonderful too!

  5. So cute, yummy and easy! Love the photos! Happy V- Day!

  6. Daddy Kenyon

    Once again – a delicious looking cookie and I am hungry.

    Happy Valentines Day Kara – I love you so much.


  7. I love sugar cookies, and love that you baked these with some added zest! Look forward to trying them.

    My dad always bought me a box of Whitman’s assorted chocolates for Valentine’s Day. And of course he had an added stipulation that I had to share a couple pieces with him, but I was ok with that. 🙂

  8. Oh they look gorgeous! I love that you’ve used citrus in a sugar cookie – I wish I had thought of that, or saw your sugar cookies before I made mine. Next time! Thank you for sharing! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  9. These are super cute and I bet they are delicious. Love it!

  10. Oh I love this idea! Turns a classic favorite into a summery, refreshing treat! Thanks for posting!

  11. These are perfect for Valentines Day! I love the lemon and orange zest in them..sounds incredible! 🙂

  12. These a cute looking cookies and must taste great!

  13. Ah, the heart-shaped cookie, the Catch-22 of my baking existence. Am I too manly to make heart-shaped cookies, or does it show my softer side? I’ve got a feeling I might just ask my fiancee to make them … They look delicious!

  14. How sweet! My dad had mom and me – he used to give us cards that weren’t signed. The big joke – “You can use it again next year!” Love these cookies – citrus sounds amazing!

  15. What a wonderful twist to the classic sugar cookie – love the idea of the citrus.

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