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Soft Citrus Sugar Cookies

These soft, pillowy citrus sugar cookies have bright bursts of orange, lemon, and lime. A true sweet treat!
Author: Marlynn Schotland, Urban Bliss Life


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened to room temperature (3 sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs near room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Zesty Rolling Sugar

  • 1/2 cup baking sugar crystals, turbinado sugar, or sugar in the raw
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until creamy and well blended, about 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixer as needed.
  • Add the orange, lemon, and lime zests to the mixer, and blend together for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and blend together until incorporated. 
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the cake flour, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.
  • With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until ingredients are fully combined. Shape the dough into a disc, wrap in wax paper, and chill in the refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes.
  • While the dough is chilling, mix together the rolling sugar with 1/2 teaspoon each of orange zest, lemon zest, and lime zest. 
  • Once dough is properly chilled, form the dough into balls and roll into the zesty citrus sugar. Place on cookie sheets covered in parchment paper. Using the bottom of a glass or the palm of your hand, gently press down onto the tops of each cookie to flatten a bit (cookies will not spread much during baking). 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-11 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. 


Makes 4-5 dozen, depending on size.