My Homemade Pink Lemonade Cookies are the perfect sweet treat for anyone who loves the flavors of a lemon dessert. With only 6 ingredients they are a super simple bake too!
Pink lemonade cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Spring & Summer Parties, Baby Showers, or Gender Reveal Parties. In fact pretty much any party, as the recipe makes a big batch of cookies, ideal for serving all your guests.
Bursting with lemon flavor, these lovely moist cookies are perfect to enjoy on a warm Spring or Summer day. Crisp cookie on the outside with a lovely buttery center, little wonder these are so popular with all my family.
When I decided to make these lemonade sugar cookies, I took my Homemade Sugar Cookie recipe and added Pink Lemonade Powder into it. I was really pleased with the results and I love how sweet, tangy, and delicious these cookies are. Just like drinking a tall glass of ice cold pink lemonade.
There are just 6 simple ingredients in this recipe, and the method is really straight forward. These soft lemonade cookies are easy to make and a great recipe for baking with kids.
How to make Pink Lemonade Cookies:
- To begin, place 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup pink lemonade mix, 1 cup softened butter (2 sticks), ½ tsp vanilla extract, and 1 large egg into a large mixing bowl and mix well until smooth.
- Slowly add 2¼ cups flour into the mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Once the mixture is nice and smooth, the cookies are ready to be scooped out.
- Scoop the cookie dough into balls and place each ball on a lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart – you don’t want them running together in the oven.
- Place the tray in the oven and bake the cookies at 375F (I lower the oven to 350F if using my dark, non-stick pan).
- Bake for around 10-12 minutes until the edges start to turn golden brown in color.
- Once baked remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
Can I add a glaze?
You can enjoy my homemade pink lemonade cookies just as they are, but you can also add a glaze. Mix a cup of powdered sugar with 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice to make a thin lemon flavored icing to drizzle over the cookies. Just remember to cool the cookies completely before you ice them, otherwise the icing will melt and run off.
Soft Lemonade Cookies – baking hints and tips:
- There is no need for any fancy equipment, a bowl and whisk will work just fine. However, if you have a stand mixer it will make quick work of the cookie dough.
- The recipe makes between 36-48 cookies, depending on how big your scoops of dough are. You can use a teaspoon or ice cream scooper to scoop out the balls of dough. However, I prefer to use a small melon ball scooper as it’s the perfect size.
- If you want to glaze or decorate your cookies you might want them a little flatter. Use a small plate or the base of a glass to flatten each cookie.
- If you are not decorating or want a soft, fluffier cookie, just leave the balls round and they will bake just fine.
- This recipe is easily doubled up if you want to make a double batch of cookies.
Can I make ahead Homemade Pink Lemonade Cookies?
These easy lemonade cookies are a great make ahead bake. Combine the dough and scoop into balls, then place the balls of dough into a container with a lid and place in the refrigerator. When you are ready to enjoy just place on a tray and bake.
How to store Pink Lemonade Cookies?
Once baked and cooled, place the cookies in an airtight container with a lid. They will store at room temperature for up to 1 week. Or place in the freezer for up to 3 months, just defrost thoroughly before eating.
Can I freeze cookie dough?
You sure can. Once the dough has been well combined, scoop it into balls and place the balls into an airtight container and place in the fridge for up to 3 months. No need to defrost the cookie dough either! Just place on a baking sheet and bake from frozen, you might just need to add a minute or two of cooking time.
This recipe makes 36-48 pink lemonade cookies, you can bake half the cookies and freeze the other half to bake up fresh and enjoy another day.
Where can I buy Pink Lemonade Mix?
There are a variety of pink lemonade mixes out there and you should be able to find some in your larger stores. If not, then try and look for some online.
- I have used pink lemonade mix, but you can use different flavors of lemonade or Kool-aid to make different colors/flavors for other times of the year.
- If you can’t find pink lemonade mix, then you can easily substitute the powdered mix with the finely grated zest of 2-3 lemons. In fact this recipe would work with any citrus fruit, oranges would work a treat. Or how about a combination of lemon and lime zest for something a little different.
Homemade Pink Lemonade Cookies
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 2¼ cups Flour (I use self rising)
- 1/4 cup Pink Lemonade Mix
To begin, mix 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup Pink Lemonade Mix, 1 cup softened butter (2 sticks), ½ tsp vanilla extract, and 1 large egg until smooth. I then slowly add 2¼ cups flour into the mixing bowl. I will let the older boys use the mixer on low, with me standing right there to help them. Once it’s nice and smooth, they’re ready to be scooped out.
You can use a teaspoon to scoop them out, but I prefer to use a small melon ball scooper or ice cream scooper to get them even (and it’s easier for the boys). We scoop them out, and place about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet – you don’t want them running together. As I mentioned earlier, if you want them flatter for decorating, use a small plate or glass to flatten them. If you are not decorating or want a fluffier cookie, just leave the balls round and they’ll bake just fine.
Bake them at 375 (I use 350 for my dark, non-stick pan) for about 10-12 minutes until the edges are turning a golden brown. The recipe makes between 36-48 cookies, depending on how big your scoops of dough are.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
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Thursday 10th of June 2021
These sound AMAZING! I can't wait to try them.
Tuesday 29th of May 2018
This is a great recipe for the summer. I love trying new recipes and these cookies look so delicious!
Tuesday 29th of May 2018
They sound delicious. They would be perfect for summertime.
Tuesday 29th of May 2018
These look like a great summertime cookie! I am throwing a graduation party for my daughter... I think I will make these!
Monday 28th of May 2018
these look and sound totally delish, adding it to my list of recipes to try out sooon