Air-Fryer Lemon Slice Sugar Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min./ batch + cooling


about 2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Here's a refreshing variation of my grandmother's sugar cookie recipe. Lemon pudding mix and icing add a subtle tartness that tingles your taste buds. —Melissa Turkington, Camano Island, Washington


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ICING:
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, pudding mix and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and milk. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, shape each into a 6-in.-long roll. Wrap and refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.
  3. Preheat air fryer to 325°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/2-in. slices. In batches, place slices in a single layer on a parchment-lined air-fryer basket. Cook until edges are light brown, 8-12 minutes. Cool in basket 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and enough lemon juice to reach a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set.
  5. To Make Ahead: Dough can be made 2 days in advance. Wrap and place in a resealable container. Store in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze Air-Fryer Lemon Slice Sugar Cookies?

Place wrapped logs in a resealable container and freeze. To use, unwrap frozen logs and cut into slices. Cook as directed, increasing time by 1-2 minutes. Prepare icing; drizzle as directed.

Test Kitchen tip
  • In our testing, we have found that cook times vary dramatically among brands of air fryers. As a result, we have given wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cookie: 110 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.