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Amazingly soft and perfect lemon sugar cookies with the best lemon cream cheese frosting on top!

lemon sugar cookie close up.

I am not even going to admit how many of these I ate. But I couldn’t stop eating them! I loved everything about these cookies. And the added lemon flavor and lemon cream cheese frosting made these cookies out of this world.

Rewind to the first time that I had my first Swig Sugar Cookie. I went on a road trip with my friend and these swig cookies were the talk of the town. We were so excited to try our first swig cookie. Was it worth the five hour drive? Yes! Swig cookies are AMAZING! They are so soft and the frosting on top is creamy and delicious.

So naturally I had to put a recipe for them on the blog. They tasted just like the real thing and even had their signature rough edge. I was in heaven.

lemon sugar cookies areal view.

So last week my family was craving a batch of Swig Sugar Cookies. But I decided to add lemon to them. HOLY YUM! These are incredible with the lemon flavoring added to them. And since I am a huge lemon lover, I loved these even more!

lemon sugar cookies in a stack.

I declare these the best lemon sugar cookies out there. They have a slightly crisp outside and a soft inside. The lemon cream cheese glaze was the perfect finishing touch! Try them out for yourself. You will quickly find why I couldn’t stop at just one! 🙂

Lemon sugar cookie close up of the inside.


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Lemon 'Swig' Sugar Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 1 vote
By: Alyssa Rivers
Amazingly soft and perfect lemon sugar cookies with the best lemon cream cheese frosting on top!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 Cookies


Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, vegetable oil, sugar (1¼ C), powdered sugar, and water. Add in lemon juice and lemon zest.. Add in eggs.
  • Slowly add in flour mixture until combined. Roll the dough into golf sized balls and place onto a non stick cookie sheet.
  • To give the cookies their signature rough edge, dip the bottom of a glass into the reserved ¼ cup sugar and press onto the cookie ball to flatten the cookie. You still want the cookie to be thicker so don't press them to thin.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is lightly brown. The cookies stay soft so do not over bake.

To make the lemon cream cheese frosting:

  • Beat cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar. Beat until creamy.


Calories: 439kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 4gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 242mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 1gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 442IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    OMG! After eating a “lemon” cookie at a national sandwich and bagel place that starts with P, I was determined to find a recipe that was like theirs but also actually tasted like lemon as theirs was super disappointing. Your recipe is amazing just as it is! The frosting is off the charts yummy! Next time I’ll make 36 cookies rather than 24 because these were huge cookies! Anyone on the fence about this recipe should jump right in and try them!

  2. These are delicious cookies! A friend made them and I made some and both turned out just like the picture and tasted so great with a light lemony flavor.

    1. I would use avocado oil instead of olive oil. Olive oil does have a taste to it where as avocado oil has a neutral flavor like vegetable oil.

  3. These look SO GOOD…HAVE TO MAKE THEM! Two questions though: Do they have to be refrigerated as would think so due to the cream cheese frosting. Also, does the frosting harden as they are shown stacked up on themselves? If they don’t harden, all the stacked cookie bottoms would have the frosting on them, right? Thanks

    1. Awesome questions I would like to know as well. A benefit I’m helping hoast is having a bake sale to raise money and if they are stackable I would love to use these!!

  4. Hi, Im in Australia and presuming the cup measurements are US cups, which I can convert to grams, but I notice the recipe says 5 1/2 C flour…. is that correct… it just seems like an awful lot of flour compared to the amount of butter/oil.. also could i use all butter.. not keen on veg oil!
    Thanks, they do look yummy
    Fiona, Sydney Australia