Lemon Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

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Traditional Christmas sugar cookies are given a decadent twist with these lemon chocolate sugar cookies. They’re just as buttery and crunchy as simple sugar cookies but they also satisfy your chocolate cravings with the addition of decadent chocolate chips.

These delicious lemon chocolate chip sugar cookies are easy to make and require simple ingredients (most of which you probably have on hand in your pantry). They maintain their crunchy texture and keep well in the freezer. They would be the perfect addition to your selection of Christmas cookies, whether they are served to guests or given as gifts.

Lemon Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

Lemon and chocolate are an unsuspecting power couple. The balance of flavours of the sweet, bitter chocolate and the freshness and sour bite of lemon makes for a delicious and unique flavour combination. The addition of lemon heightens the flavour of the chocolate chips and also adds a delicate and subtle flavour to the cookies.

Lemon Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

As of last year, we started baking Christmas cookies as a family, albeit we can only manage to make a few batches with two little ones in tow! Last year we made these Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies.

On a side note, be mindful of the fact that if you do make these with the kids you’ll need to tack on some extra minutes to the total prep time.

Having said that, I’m quite certain that seeing the joy on your kid’s faces as they prepare these will definitely make up for the extra time and effort!

Lemon Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!

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Yields: About 3 dozen
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large organic egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
zest of 1 lemon + 1 tbs. fresh lemon juice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, stir together the dry ingredients and set aside. Cream together the butter and sugars in a stand mixer (or large bowl) with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, lemon juice, and zest, and mix again until combined.


Add the remaining ingredients (including the chocolate chips) and mix again until combined. The batter should be somewhat sticky yet clump together easily.


Roll half of the batter at a time into a large ball. Place on a large cutting board (lined with parchment paper or sprinkled with flour) then flatten out the batter using a rolling pin until about 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters of choice to cut out shapes. Continue reusing the leftover batter by repeating the entire process until all the batter has been used up.

Lemon Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

Transfer the cookies to a large baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove immediately from the oven and set aside to cool.

Lemon Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

Store in an air-tight container for up to one week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Lemon Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

  • Those sound amazing. I love lemon in a sugar cookie, and chocolate chips just gilds the lily, really.

  • Nicole

    These look delightful! Thanks for sharing. You are an amazing photographer too btw:)

  • Jeanette

    I have never thought of putting lemon in chocolate chip cookies. I put lemon in a lot of stuff so I am not sure why I never thought of putting in the cookies!

    • I’m definitely liking the idea. I think it would give those flavors a real boost.

    • It really balances out the flavour of the sweet chocolate chips…you should try it!

  • Jaime Nicole

    I really like the addition of lemon. This sounds like a great recipe and I really hope I get to try it out this weekend.

  • Saving Common Cents

    Lemon is one of my favorite flavors, orange is a close second. I bet both of these flavors would combine well with chocolate chip! I love your snowflake designs!

    • The next time I make these I’m going to add some orange zest instead of lemon!

  • I love lemon anything and I bet the chocolate chips are great in those cookies!! I need to try these out for sure!!

  • These sound so good and I love those shapes! I have got to try this flavor power combo!

  • I’ve never had a lemon chocolate chip cookie before, but I bet it would taste good.

  • rika agustini

    This recipe sounds delicious! Great ingredients and looks very easy to make

  • Alli Smith

    Lemon makes everything better – it’s one of my favorite flavors. These cookies are calling my name. They look scrumptious.

  • I love the flavor combination of the lemon and chocolate!! What a way to dress up plain ‘ol sugar cookies!!

  • Ourfamilyworld

    I bet they taste better with lemon. I love lemon and I can’t wait to try this.

    • I do love the addition of lemon zest…it really cuts through the sweetness of the cookies.

  • It’s awesome to find a sugar cookie recipe with different flavors in them. I can’t wait to make these with the girls. Sugar cookies and Christmas go hand in hand in our home.

  • Maggie

    So many yummy flavors in one cookie, I love it! I never would have thought to add chocolate to my sugar cookies.

  • PennyPincherJenny

    I love to make cookies with my kids. It’s a tradition every year to make sugar cookies on Christmas Eve for us. These look really good.

    • It’s become a tradition with us…I can’t wait for it to become a bit easier as they get older, lol!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    These cookies will be perfect to make for our cookie exchange next month. I will have to get the ingredients i need to make these tomorrow.

  • Ashleigh

    These cookies look so fun and yummy. Thank you for sharing this yummy treat.

  • Oh this looks so delicious and easy to make! Can’t wait to try it with my son’s help for Christmas :) Thank you for this. Off to pin it.

  • blm03

    These look delicious! I can’t wait to make them!

  • michele d

    Your cookies look so yummy. Any cookies made out of Chocolate Chips I’m a fan of.

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    Wow this is so different. I love a good sugar cookie but this? Would be amazing. They look delicious!

    • I also have a recipe for peanut butter sugar cookies…this one’s my fave though!

  • Rebecca Swenor

    This is an interesting mix of flavors that sounds really good. I will have to try this recipe for sure. The kids will eat anything with chocolate chips in them. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Mine too…they also love lemon so these are a hit!

      • Rebecca Swenor

        My dad love lemon so the kids and I will have to make him a batch too. Thanks again for sharing the recipe. :D

  • Lynn Dee

    Bet they’re delish! And I love the shapes. SO cute! I’m actually going to bake cookies today! Can’t wait!

    • Thanks! Did you actually make THESE today?!

      • Lynn Dee

        No, because I didn’t have all the ingredients. I baked coconut chocolate chip cookies. But I will try your recipe soon!

  • Have never tried a lemon chocolate chip sugar cookie before and the combination sounds delightful. BTW I just love the cookie cutter shape you used.

  • Robin Rue

    Those cookies sound awesome. I have never had a cookie like this before,but i can’t wait to try it.

  • Eileen Mendoza Loya

    These cookies are good enough to be given away as gifts! I don’t think you can ever refuse anything as yummy as these! Thanks for the recipe!

  • OMG these cookies look so good. I think these might be out Santa cookies for this year.

  • Megan Elford

    I don’t know if I’ve ever had lemon and chocolate flavours together, but I bet it’s delicious! These came out beautifully, perfect for bringing to Christmas cookie exchanges!

  • I have never had this cookie combination before but I looooove lemon so I would be open to trying this. The shapes you cut them in are so adorable.

  • I don’t know if I have ever had a lemon cookie with chocolate chips. That sounds like such a sweet combination!

  • Melissa

    Wow these look so yummy and I love that shape. I bet my daughter would love to make these with me this weekend!

  • Terri Lynn Grothe

    Oh Lisa, this looks amazing, I love lemon and chocolate

  • rika agustini

    Yum… i’ve never had this cookie combination but i always love LEMON ;) can’t wait to try this recipe

  • Miles L.

    I love cookies and the kids as well. I’ve been looking for a new recipe and I would like to try this one.

  • Maurene

    It is my first time to read about
    lemon chocolate chip sugar cookies. I would really love to try this one.

  • Yummy! I love the taste of peanut butter, this would be perfect for our family Christmas Party! I love your creative way of the shapes its really cute.

  • chubskulit

    Oh my, these looks so good. I bet it smelled so good as well.

  • Oh wow, I never would have thought of lemon and chocolate together, but that sounds delicious!

  • I love anything lemon flavored and these cookies look so good!!! Great recipe!!

  • MyTeenGuide

    I’m sure the lemon added a different twist to the cookies. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  • These sound delicious. I wouldn’t think of trying lemon and chocolate. I’ll have to try these cookies.

  • Those look totally delicious, we love lemon flavors :D

  • themommyfiles

    I would love to try these cookies! This recipe looks and sounds amazing.

  • Maggie L

    I would love to try these cookies. The recipe is nothing I’ve heard of before but sounds great!


    I’ve never had lemon chocolate chip cookies before. These sound and look scrumptious! =)

  • Tracy Iglesias

    I love the snowflake shape! I think Santa would like these on his plate on Xmas Eve! :-)

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  • Ashley

    I love your site. You always have unique ideas! I never would have thought to have lemon and chocolate chips!

  • April Mims

    I’ve never thought about lemon and chocolate together but I’m intrigued enough to try it out. I love both flavors so I’ll definitely try it soon.

    • It’s definitely worth a try! I normally prefer just chocolate but lemon adds such flavour to these cookies.

  • Great snack food. Love this! Awesome recipe indeed.

  • They look so delicious! Now you made me completely hungry :P

  • I have never had chocolate chip lemon cookies. However, I bet that they’re beyond amazing!

  • Alli Smith

    Lemon makes everything better, even sugar cookies. And the chocolate chips puts them over the top. Yum!

    • The combination of bittersweet chocolate, creamy butter, and tart lemon is amazing!

  • mail4rosey

    I love lemon. What a good idea to mix it with chocolate chips.

  • I love these sugar cookies! They sound and look so delicious. The snowflake shape is so pretty. My kids would absolutely devour these!!

  • ckrusch

    They look sooo good! My husband loves anything with lemon in it!

  • Prairie Gal Cookin

    These look amazing!!! Saving this recipe! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Tonya Blackstone-Coleman

    I’ve never added lemon to chocolate chip cookies. I’ll have to give it a try.

  • I love Lemon in cookies but never thought of adding them to choc chip cookies.