Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies


Move over chocolate chip cookies, you’ve got a new competitor! These cookies are dedicated to people like my sister, who strangely enough don’t like milk/semi sweet chocolate chips in their cookies and also for people like me, who seriously love lemon. I’d have to say are definitely one of my new favorite cookies, no doubt!

Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies | Cooking Classy

You get a soft, thick and chewy cookie base which is loaded with lemon flavor from both plenty of fresh lemon zest and lemon extract, and you get the perfect amount of creamy sweetness to from the white chocolate chips to balance out the tartness of the lemon. They are a cookie you aren’t going to forget. Trust me! I’m sure these are going to be made far to often at my house.

Yes, a cookie can definitely become your favorite use for fresh summer lemons. I know it is now one of my favorite uses for lemons. Forget lemonade, make cookies instead! Enjoy!

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Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: About 2 dozen

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes


  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest (from about 3 medium lemons)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cornstarch for 20 seconds, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and lemon zest (not until pale and fluffy, just creamy). Mix in egg, then mix in lemon extract and vanilla extract (if you want the cookies a little more yellow, you can add a few drops of yellow food coloring when adding the extracts). With mixer set on low speed slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined, then mix in white chocolate chips.
  3. Scoop dough out 2 1/2 Tbsp at a time and shape into balls (I used a 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop and filled heaping). Place on Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 10 - 12 minutes (cookies should look slightly under-baked, they will continue to cook slightly once removed from oven). Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes (if desired, you can lightly press more white chocolate chips into tops immediately after removing from oven) then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.
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Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies | Cooking Classy

Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies | Cooking Classy

Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies | Cooking Classy


  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: Jaclyn, I could eat these all day everyday. I am a sucker for lemon desserts! August 9, 2014 at 10:40am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): Lemon with white chocolate is the best, love these cookies! August 9, 2014 at 1:43pm Reply

  • Liz@Virtually Homemade: Those are beautiful cookies and I love the lemony pics! August 9, 2014 at 1:54pm Reply

  • Paola Avila: I am definitly doing them tonight!! Is the perfect treat for tomorrow’s picnic!! Thanks!! =) August 9, 2014 at 2:10pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: They look so thick, puffy, and just perfect! Each and every chip is just precisely and perfectly positioned and spaced! These belong on a magazine cover!

    I know you love lemon cookies and I think this has got to be your like 4th? recipe for them? I know this only b/c I recently made lemon cookies for a post in a couple weeks and when I was researching recipes and googling, I kept finding one more, and another, and another of your amazing looking lemon cookies! You’re the queen of them! Pinned! August 9, 2014 at 2:16pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliments!! And yes seriously it’s got to be at least my fourth :), I’m a little obsessed with lemon. August 10, 2014 at 12:02am Reply

  • Kris: Oooh! I love lemon, too. I’ve never said no to a chocolate chip cookie, but sometimes I like to change things up. Yum! August 9, 2014 at 2:49pm Reply

  • Denise: Love lemon & this looks loke a great recipe as I am
    a white chocolate fan too.
    Thank you August 9, 2014 at 5:49pm Reply

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.: Oh, these look so yummy! I love lemon desserts! August 9, 2014 at 9:42pm Reply

  • Medeja: These cookies look just perfect :) I would like to grab one :) August 10, 2014 at 1:05am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Medeja! August 10, 2014 at 10:14am Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: Lemon and white chocolate is such a good combo! I bet the cookies have the perfect balance of flavor! August 10, 2014 at 5:18am Reply

  • Kate @ Diethood: I can relate!! I LOOOOVE white chocolate chip cookies waaaaay more than the ordinary kind! Besides, the addition of lemon?? GENIUS!! August 10, 2014 at 8:00am Reply

  • ATasteOfMadness: These cookies look amazing! I have had so many of the regular kind of chocolate chip cookies that this would be a welcome change! August 10, 2014 at 9:14pm Reply

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts: my sister doesn’t like semi sweet chocolate either! these lovely lemon cookies look like something both of us would enjoy though! yum!! love these pictures too – so bright & fun! August 11, 2014 at 9:27am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Angelyn! August 11, 2014 at 9:30am Reply

  • Lyubomira: These cookies look amazing and I love the combination of white chocolate and lemon. Your blog is a great resource for cookie lovers like me :) August 14, 2014 at 7:52am Reply

  • Lila: My sister loves lemon dessert and every year for her birthday I have tried a new kind of lemon dessert for her and they got “okay” reviews. I made this for her as a cookie “cake” this year. It was a hit! She said that I finally found her signature birthday cake! Thank you! October 7, 2014 at 11:33am Reply

  • Jenna: Made these!


    They were perfect. GREAT recipe. I even added a bit of tart lemon glaze on the top! I was really impressed with this recipe…It may replace my current chocolate chip cookie recipe. March 10, 2015 at 2:49pm Reply

  • Amanda: hi! i attempted your lemon crinkle cookies over the weekend and they were so delicious (although they didn’t crinkle as beautifully as yours). i would like to attempt this cookie this weekend and was wondering if there was anyway to incorporate lemon juice in this recipe since i’ll be using lemons for their zest anyway. June 9, 2015 at 2:01am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could replace the lemon extract with 1 – 2 tsp lemon juice BUT the lemon flavor won’t be quite as strong. You wont want to add any more than that or it could alter the texture of the cookies and make them cakey. June 9, 2015 at 5:23pm Reply

  • Lina: Do you think this recipe would still work if i swirl some strawberry puree into the dough? August 8, 2015 at 6:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend adding a fruit puree to this recipe because it will alter the texture, spread, etc. August 12, 2015 at 5:38pm Reply

  • Mariam: Could I replace the lemon extract with an equal amount of lemon juice? Look forward to trying these with lemon baking chips! Yum! February 15, 2016 at 8:43pm Reply

  • Tatiana Lampley: I had been craving lemon white chocolate cookies and was ready to buy some online until I found this recipe. Made them last night with my mom and they are amazing! My new favorite and will definitely keep this recipe around! Thanks for sharing! May 2, 2017 at 12:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Tatiana! May 2, 2017 at 4:11pm Reply

  • becky: these cookies are good. Next time I will add 3 tbs less sugar, 1 tbs more lemon flavor and 1 C coconut shreds July 18, 2017 at 1:40pm Reply

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