Yeah, you read it correctly—this is a recipe for lemon rosemary sugar cookies! Don’t be afraid though. While it seems wild to include a gorgeous, savory herb like rosemary in a perfectly zesty lemon sugar cookie, it’s actually a terrific combination. Rosemary bodes well with sweet notes, much like when it’s paired with oregano in Italian cuisine.

Don’t be fooled by the total recipe time because most of that is chilling the dough for at least an hour. Chilling the dough helps bring the ingredients together and achieve those picture-perfect discs!

We drizzled ours with a delicious glaze but if you prefer a more of a sweet biscuit rather than a sweet cookie, feel free to leave it out. These cookies taste awesome with a frosty glass of muddled strawberry mint tea!

A fresh batch of lemon rosemary sugar cookies that are ready to serve.

Lemon Rosemary Sugar Cookies Recipe

These surprisingly delicious lemon rosemary sugar cookies are made with a sugar cookie base and a hint of lemon and rosemary that melts in your mouth.


Yield: 24 cookies
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  • Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon juice and egg in large mixing bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, lemon zest and rosemary until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Form 1" balls with dough and place on prepared cookie sheet. Moisten the bottom of a glass and lightly press the cookie flat. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Combine lemon zest and sugar then sprinkle over each cookie.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes and let cool completely.
  • Drizzle cooled cookies with glaze and enjoy!


These are the best cookies EVER. We couldn't quit eating the dough!
Calories: 146kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 55mg, Potassium: 41mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 8g
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Lemon rosemary sugar cookies recipe