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Lemon Coconut Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins

If you love one-bowl, no-mixer, cookies with crisp edges and chewy centers, raise your hand. Hello, Lemon Coconut Sugar Cookies!

Course: Dessert/Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Coconut Sugar Cookies
Servings: 36
Calories: 128 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • ½ cup Demerara, Turbinado or raw sugar for rolling
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • finely grated zest from two medium-size lemons
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Pour ½ cups Demerara or Turbinado sugar in a shallow bowl. You can use regular granulated sugar if you can't find Demerara or Turbinado. See Café Tips above.

  2. Place butter in a microwave-safe medium-large bowl and microwave on high power until partially melted, about 45 seconds. (see Café Tips above).
  3. Remove from microwave and add the 1 ½ cups sugar. Stir until well blended then add egg, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Stir again until the egg is completely incorporated.

  4. Sprinkle baking soda, baking powder, salt, flour, and coconut over the top of the butter mixture and stir just until all of the flour is incorporated. Be sure to check the bottom of the bowl to make sure all flour is mixed in.
  5. Scoop up the dough (I use a cookie scoop) into roll 2 tablespoon balls and roll them in the Demerara or Turbinado sugar. Place sugared balls on the prepared baking sheet, spacing approximately 2 inches apart.

  6. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until just barely golden at the edges. Don't overbake. Allow to cool on the pan for 2-3 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  7. Store in an airtight container.
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips (above in post) for further instructions and tips.

Adapted from Real Housemoms.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Coconut Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 116mg5%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 165IU3%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.