Posted on 2 April, 2013

Lemon Brown Sugar Cookies


Back in High School, I bought this Brown Sugar Body Scrub from Fresh that I became obsessed with. It smelled like lemon and burnt sugar. Good enough to eat as some would say.  The only problem was that it was expensive like sixty bucks expensive. So I only used the scrub on special occasions and when the tub ran dry, that was it. No more baby soft skin for me.Until I found drug store brands that where equally as good for half the price but that’s a whole another enchilada.

The point of this story is that I recreated these Lemon Brown Sugar  Cookies after that very same body scrub. They have a hint of lemon with a buttery burnt flavor, which makes you keep reaching into the cookie jar for just one more taste. I used the Maple Brown Sugar Cookie recipe from Averie Cooks as my guide. The bread flour in combination with white whole-wheat flour makes for a puffier and thicker cookie. What really helps though is chilling the dough. For a girl as impatient as me, it was torture to wait 2 hours but in the end, totally worth it. These Lemon Brown Sugar cookies came out looking like little pillows of heaven. Enjoy!

Yield about 10 medium sized cookies 


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon bakery emulsion ( I found mine at Ross)
  • 1/2 lemon zested
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste


In a stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter with the two brown sugars for about 5 minutes until well combined. Add 1 egg, vanilla extract, lemon emulsion, zest, and lemon juice, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides as needed. Fold in the dry ingredients.

Using a two once cookie scooper or an ice cream scooper, dole out cookie dough onto a large plate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours up to 5 days.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place dough 2 inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through.

Adapted from here

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  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks 2 April, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Your cookies look so puffy and wonderful! I bet the lemon adds a nice pop! Thanks for linking back to my recipe!

    • Reply Nicole 2 April, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Of course! Your recipes are always my go to when I want a no fail cookie recipe.

  • Reply Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies 2 April, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    These sound SO good! Though really, you could sell me on anything that has lemon in it ;-) Chilling dough is a dangerous time for me. I’ll keep sticking a spoon in the fridge and soon enough, I ate all the dough and there’s none left for real cookies ;-)
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    • Reply Nicole 2 April, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Trust me, I was sneaking bites of the dough through the painful two hour wait. That is why I only got 8 cookies instead of 10!

  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife 2 April, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Cookies based off a body scrub? Now that is finding inspiration in an unlikely place! I love puffy cookies and brown sugar, so these look like winners to me. I’ll take a dozen please!
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    • Reply Nicole 2 April, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      I know! But thankfully these cookies turned out amazing. They don’t taste anything like body scrub. :)

  • Reply Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe 2 April, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Love the addition of lemon in these cookies! What I wouldn’t give for a couple of ‘em with a hot cup of tea right about now…
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    • Reply Nicole 4 April, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      OHHH! Hot tea sounds fabulous along side these cookies.

  • Reply crazyforcrust 2 April, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Adding lemon to those cookies sounds amazing! I want one (or 7) please!
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    • Reply Nicole 4 April, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Trust me, I had seven and my tummy wasn’t happy. But they taste so delicious it was hard to stop at one.

  • Reply The Domestic Rebel 3 April, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    If I’m crazy for two things, it’s lemon and brown sugar. Okay, I lied, three things: and puffy cookies. I cannot resist their puffiness!! These look awesome, Nicole.
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    • Reply Nicole 4 April, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you! Brown sugar and lemon is my new favorite combo now.

  • Reply Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste 3 April, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Love the burst of fresh citrus in these cookies! I’ll take a dozen!
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    • Reply Nicole 4 April, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Coming right up! :)

  • Reply Nik@ABrownTable 3 April, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    The cookies look so delicious and that little burst of lemon must be so amazing!
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    • Reply Nicole 4 April, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      It really is! It has just enough of a pop from the lemon that the brown sugar doesn’t get lost.

  • Reply sally @ sallys baking addiction 3 April, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    These look SO SO good! I love lemon desserts. And just look how thick they are! Averie’s cookie recipe looks divine, too. They are never a fail!
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    • Reply Nicole 4 April, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      I can always count on you and Averie to have a fool proof cookie recipes.

  • Reply Megan {Country Cleaver} 4 April, 2013 at 3:39 am

    I LOVE brown sugar scrubs – I have a couple DIY ones on my blog. I always make them for friends around the holidays. I just got too cheap to buy them at the stores. But besides that – brown sugar makes the ultimate cookies. I’m 110% behind these beauties!!

    • Reply Nicole 4 April, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      What a great idea! I always knew brown sugar body scrubs where easy but was always too lazy to attempt making them. But I am gonna check out your DIY and give it a go. They make your skin so silky soft.

  • Reply amy @ fearless homemaker 4 April, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Ooh, these sound SO fantastic – I could go for a whole bunch of these right now!

    • Reply Nicole 4 April, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      I could too but I ate them all :(

  • Reply cookingactress 10 April, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    OMG brown sugary goodness!
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