Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

There are a few cookie recipes I think every home cook should have in their arsenal. A good lemon cookie is one of them. And these are really good lemon cookies.

I'd like to think I'm not an emotional eater, but I have to admit these cookies made me very happy. There's something about lemon that is so cheerful and bright. The taste, the smell, it all puts me in a good mood. It's impossible to feel stressed out or morose while eating something lemony.

These Lemon Crinkle Cookies take the best things about lemon and make them even better. Oh so slightly crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, sweet with a slight tart-- these cookies are absolutely incredible. They melt in your mouth. They also keep their texture better than any cookie I've ever made. I stored them in a plastic container for almost a week, and they still tasted exactly like they did on the first day. This does not happen often. Most of the time, cookies get sort of stale and limp by day three. Not these little champs.

I made these cookies intending to ship them off to my husband's co-workers like I do with most baked goods. My husband took one bite and said, "These can stay here." If that's not a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is. The only change I might consider is adding more lemon zest. Not to say these cookies aren't lemony as written, because they are, but it's an easy change to the recipe for the ultra-lemon lovers among us.


1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 tsp lemon zest (or more)
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 c. powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or grease with a light coat of non-stick spray.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and lemon juice until well combined. In small batches, add in the sifted dry ingredients, mixing just to combine. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or foil and place in refrigerator. Chill for at least an hour.

4. Place powdered sugar in a shallow dish or on a large plate. Roll chilled dough into one-inch balls. Roll each ball through the powdered sugar to coat, and then place on prepared cookie sheet.

5. Bake for 10-12 minutes in preheated oven, or until bottoms have started to brown ever so slightly and cookie takes on a matte (not glossy) appearance. Be careful not to over bake. Recipe yields about two dozen cookies.

Source: Lauren's Latest

This recipe is shared with Crazy Sweet Tuesday, This Chick Cooks, Cast Party Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, It's a Keeper Thursday, Sweet Tooth Friday, Fresh Food Friday, Sweets for a Saturday, Sweet Indulgences Sunday, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Craft-O-Maniac, On the Menu Monday, Recipe Sharing Monday, Made by You Monday, Delectable Tuesday, Tuesday Talent Show


  1. My cookie aresenal thanks you! I think I've been craving these lemon cookies all summer without knowing what they were!

  2. You're right. I do need a good lemon cookie recipe. And now I have it! I'm new to loving lemon, so I can't wait to try these.

    I've started a linky party on Tuesdays (Crazy Sweet Tuesdays) and would love for you to link up sometime!

  3. Ooooo these cookies look wonderful. Lemon anything appeals to me and is even better if it contains sugar. Ha. I will make these sometime soon. Thanks for the recipe and for visiting my blog. Please come again! Shannon

  4. You posted a lemon recipe too! I'll trade my muffin recipe for your cookie recipe. These look delicious!!!

  5. These look amazing. I love lemon ANYthing. :)

  6. Argh, I have everything but the lemon (which is weird, I normally have lemons hanging around). Tomorrow I am heading to the store to get some and then making these cookies. They look delicious :)

  7. I KNOW my husband will love these! This is a recipe I have to try.

  8. My husband isn't a lemon lover, but I am. I will keep this recipe handy for taking to a potluck or other event. They look yummy. Now that I've found you, I'll be searching for more recipes you've posted. Though he wouldn't like the lemon cookies, he definitely would like your cat. We have several cats here on our farm!

  9. Love your blog, Just wanted you to know that I made these today.......excellent thanks for a great new cookie recipe. andi


  10. Oh yum, lemon cookies are my favorite, these are so perfect looking.

  11. Hi Abby. I made these yesterday! They are yummy! My kids liked them and so did I. Nice and chewy and lemony. I saw your comment about adding more lemon zest. Instead, I actually used the jar dried lemon zest because it is stronger. I'm with you, I like a strong lemon flavor. Also, next time I will double the recipe because it only made 16. We want more! :-)

  12. Again, YUM! I can't wait to try these. Thanks for sharing with Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)

  13. I love the name: Lemon Crinkle Cookies. The Crinkle part makes me think of someone smiling (: Beautiful pictures!

  14. I am such a chocolate girl, but I have got a random crazy sweet tooth when it comes to lemon desserts!!! I just can't get enough :)

    Hope you're linking up to my Sweet Treats party & {awesome} Giveaway this weekend!! Please come! ...and bring these cookies too :)

    Sweet Treats Thursday {thu-Sun}

  15. Hi Abby,
    Your Lemon Crinkle Cookies looks so good. We just love the lemon flavor in a pastry and would really enjoy these cookies. Hope you have a wonderful holiday week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Those cookies look really good! Yum!

  17. I've never made lemon cookies! I must add them to my must try list.

    Thanks for stopping by sweet tooth Friday!

  18. Yum! I am SO bookmarking this! Thank you!

  19. This looks rich and delicious! Yummy! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  20. These look really good! Putting them on my "to make" list for my book group meetings! :)

  21. Oh yeah! I Love Love Love Lemon cookies! =) SO glad you shared. It is amazing they would taste the same after a week...I gotta try 'em!

  22. These look amazing! I can't wait to try them. I really LOVE lemon.

    Also they are perfect for this week's Sharing Sundays theme YELLOW! We would love it if you would come by and link up this recipe and any other Yellow ingredient recipes (banana, pineapple, Lemon, Eggs, Squash etc.)

    We hope to see you there!


  23. I actually just made a boxed cake version of these but I'm guessing that these are much better. :)


  24. I am so excited to have found this recipe! All of the lemon crinkle cookie recipes I have found use cake mix- but I would so much prefer making them from scratch. Bookmarked to try.

    Thanks for posting!


  25. Just made these and they were absolutely delicious! Very easy to make, and the result is a very soft, delicate cookie with a great balance between sugar and lemon. Officially a favourite now, thanks!


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