When life gives you lemons… make lemon cookies! I’ve found that people either really love lemon-flavored treats or dislike them. I personally love this fragrant citrus flavor in desserts like cookies, tarts, cupcakes, pies, etc. I decided to make lemon crinkle cookies for my co-workers who also happen to favor the tartness. These cookies turned out delicious with a chewy texture and fresh lemon flavor. Even better – the “award-winning” recipe was quick and simple.
Lemon Crinkle Cookies Recipe (yields 24-30 cookies):
- 1 stick butter, softened (I used unsalted)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 whole egg
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (1-2 lemons)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (1/2 – 1 lemon)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray, or line sheets with parchment paper
- In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together (salt, baking powder and soda, flour)
- In a separate mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and juice until combined. Gradually add dry ingredients.
- Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll teaspoon-size balls of dough into the sugar.
- Place powdered cookie dough balls on baking sheets evenly spaced apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte. Cool for a few minutes and transfer to wire rack.
Jamie’s tips for this recipe:
- If you’re a lemon fan like I am, I would suggest adding a little bit more lemon juice/zest next time for an extra kick.
- The amount of powdered sugar for rolling the dough balls in was a little too much, so I reduced it from 1/2 cup to 1/3 cup.
- From what I’ve read – if you decide to use parchment paper, be prepared for thinner cookies.
- Feel free to make a lemon icing to spread on the cookies – I personally think they taste great on their own sans frosting.
I want to take a moment to reflect on last week’s tragic events at the Boston Marathon and at MIT. As a Boston native, I was heartbroken when I heard about the senseless acts of violence happening to the wonderful city that I was born in, grew up in, and call home. My heart goes out to all the victims and those affected. We are Boston Strong.