Lemon Crinkle Cookies

06.26.2014

These lemon crinkle crinkle cookies are the perfect dessert in the summer, but they also make the perfect holiday cookie in the winter. They’re brimming with lemon flavor and have a delicious, soft texture. Plus, they take less than 25 minutes to prepare!

Lemon Crinkle Cookies on a yellow plate

The BEST Lemon Crinkle Cookies

If it’s lemon, it’s all mine. So that must mean I get this entire batch of lemon crinkle cookies to store away for myself. I used to hate pretty much anything lemon-flavored when I was younger, but good thing tastes change as we get older and much wiser, right?

We grow up and realize spaghettios, boxed pop-tarts and playdough/superman ice cream aren’t everything we thought them to be (I’m still totally a sucker for bubblegum ice cream and applesauce with cream and cinnamon though; some childhood favorites will just never change).

If I tried these lemon cookies as a kid though, they might have changed my mind about lemon!

Eat one of these lemon crinkle cookies warm out of the oven and your life will basically change forever. They melt in your mouth at that prime stage. I love the unique texture of these cookies, it’s a texture I haven’t really found in other cookies.

They just seem to have a little bit of everything. The edges are lightly crisp while the centers are slightly fluffy and lightly cakey, yet they are still chewy and their softness is simply dreamy. Indeed it is the texture you’ll quickly fall in love with.

And since I’m going to call these lemon cookies, you’ll definitely find an abundance of lemon flavor. I just never could get enough of it! Which is why we could say I ate my fair share of these.

With the fresh lemon zest, fresh lemon juice and a fair amount of lemon extract you’ll find in these cookies, it ensures you’re not going to take a bite of this lemon crinkle cookie without knowing right away what flavor they are.

It’s a good thing I can make these anytime or I would have a very hard time not hoarding them all away for myself. Just try them, you’ll see what I mean.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cookie Ingredients

This a super easy lemon cookie recipe that requires just a handful of ingredients, most of which you likely have in your pantry already. Here’s what you need to make these lemon cookies:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Lemon zest
  • Eggs
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon extract and vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Yellow food coloring (optional)

How to Make Lemon Crinkle Cookies

  • Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whip together butter, sugar and lemon zest until pale and fluffy.
  • Mix in the egg and egg yolk, then add the lemon juice, lemon and vanilla extracts, and optional yellow food coloring. Mix until combined.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Shape dough into balls, then roll in powdered sugar to evenly coat.
  • Bake 10-13 minutes, then cool on baking sheet for several minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Do I Have to Use Yellow Food Coloring?

No, the yellow food coloring just helps makes these lemon cookies even brighter in color. You can omit the food coloring if desired.

Can I Use Brown Sugar Instead of Granulated?

No, for the best results you need to use white granulated sugar.

How to Store Cookies

Keep these lemon crinkle cookies on your countertop in an airtight container. You can also freeze these cookies in a freezer baggie and reheat them in the oven at a later date.

Tips for the Best Lemon Crinkle Cookies

  • When creaming together the butter and sugar, occasionally scrape down the bowl throughout entire mixing process.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Add in yellow food coloring to achieve an extra bright yellow color.

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies

4.65 from 34 votes

These lemon crinkle cookies are the perfect dessert in the summer but they also make the perfect holiday cookie in the winter. They're brimming with lemon flavor and they a delicious soft texture.

Servings: 30 cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest (from about 2 medium lemons)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, sugar and lemon zest until pale and fluffy (occasionally scrape down bowl throughout entire mixing process if not using a paddle attachment that constantly scrapes bowl).
  3. Mix in egg then blend in egg yolk. Add lemon juice, lemon extract, vanilla extract and optional yellow food coloring and mix until combined. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  4. Pour powdered sugar into a small bowl. Scoop dough out about 1 1/2 Tbsp at a time (25g each) and shape into a ball, then drop in powdered sugar and roll to evenly coat.
  5. Transfer to a parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet, repeat with remaining dough and space cookies 2-inches apart on baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven 10 - 13 minutes.
  6. Cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. 

Recipe Notes

Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. 

Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Potassium 45mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.7%
Vitamin C 0.7%
Calcium 1.9%
Iron 2.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crinkle cookies, lemon cookies
Calories: 109 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

201 comments

  • Anna: Amazing recipe. I tried this recipe about a couple of years ago and I keep going back to it. Everyone adores these cookies and they’re so simple and delicious to make. This is my go to lemon cookie recipe and often get many requests to make them for people. I don’t use food colouring and my cookies come out with a nice yellow colour! May 19, 2019 at 12:20pm Reply

  • TERESA ALLEN: I would like to know how many cookies are in 1 serving? My family would think 6 is a serving. LOL May 12, 2019 at 12:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Per cookie with the recipe yielding approx. 30 cookies. May 12, 2019 at 1:57pm Reply

      • TERESA ALLEN: Thanks for your response. I need to stop shoving these delightful gems into my mouth May 12, 2019 at 9:37pm Reply

  • Kate: Going to try these as teacher thank-you gifts this year. How many drops of food coloring do you suggest? May 10, 2019 at 5:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It will vary by brand but you shouldn’t need much just start with a few drops and go from there. May 10, 2019 at 7:23pm Reply

  • Mel: Thank you for sharing this recipe. I absolutely loved the cookies and so did the others who I shared them with. :) May 4, 2019 at 8:56pm Reply

  • Pen: Lovely cakey texture. Didn’t crack as much as picture and were quite domed rather than flat. Delicious – could maybe have been a bit more lemony but don’t think my lemon essence was strong enough. Yum though – went down well. April 20, 2019 at 1:41pm Reply

    • Anja: I had the same problem re not cracking very much, but mine were not domed. Anyone have any ideas on how to get that nice crack? They tasted great otherwise! April 28, 2019 at 11:16pm Reply

      • TERESA ALLEN: Oven was not hot enough/maybe? Or a tad too heavy with flour? May 12, 2019 at 12:34pm Reply

  • Mia: Love the recipe! But, will there be the same result if I don’t roll the cookies in the powdered sugar. March 30, 2019 at 11:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: They should be about the same, just not as sweet. March 30, 2019 at 1:57pm Reply

  • Nisrine: Very delicious cookies with tangy taste 👍🏻 January 25, 2019 at 8:22am Reply

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