Nana’s Famous Hint-of-Lemon Cookies are just what they say they are—famous. Fluffy and sweet, with a little touch of lemon flavor you can amplify to taste, these cookies are a delight around teatime. Nana’s Famous Hint-of-Lemon Cookies are a refreshing dessert that is easy to make and even easier to love. One taste of these and you’ll feel like you’re right back in Nana’s kitchen.

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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk


Step 1 -Beat together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.

Step 2 -Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition before adding the next one.

Step 3 -Beat in the lemon zest and the lemon extract.

Step 4 -Whisk together the flour, the baking soda, and the salt in a separate large bowl.

Step 5 -Add the butter mixture and the buttermilk into the bowl with the dry ingredients mixture, alternating between the two and adding about 1/3 of each at a time.

Step 6 -Cover and refrigerate the bowl until the dough’s gluten relaxes and the butter solidifies, about 1 hour 45 minutes.

Step 7 -Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 8 -Drop the cookie batter on an ungreased baking sheet by the tablespoonfuls, making sure the cookies will have enough room to spread out as they bake.

Step 9 -Bake until lightly browned, about 7-10 minutes.

Step 10 -Cool completely.

Step 11 -Serve.