Who can resist the sweet and tangy flavor of lemon cookies? Not only do they offer a refreshing twist on traditional cookies, but their crisp texture and citrusy aroma make them a favorite among baking enthusiasts, healthy eaters, and cookie lovers alike. Ready to bake your own batch? Follow this guide for a delightful lemon cookie experience.

lemon cookies

Ingredients You'll Need

Before you start, gather the following ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour (2 cups): The base of your cookies, providing structure.
  • Baking powder (1 tsp): This helps the cookies rise and gives them a light texture.
  • Salt (1/2 tsp): Enhances the overall flavor.
  • Unsalted butter (1 cup, softened): Adds richness and helps create a chewy texture. You can substitute with coconut oil for a healthier option.
  • Granulated sugar (1 cup): Sweetens the cookies. For a healthier twist, consider using coconut sugar or a sugar substitute.
  • Eggs (2): Binds the ingredients together and adds moisture.
  • Lemon zest (2 tbsp): Provides a strong lemon flavor. Fresh is best!
  • Lemon juice (1/4 cup): Adds tanginess and enhances the lemon flavor.
  • Vanilla extract (1 tsp): Balances the lemon flavor with a hint of sweetness.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Preheat and Prep

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

2. Mix Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

3. Cream Butter and Sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

4. Add Wet Ingredients

Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.

5. Combine Wet and Dry

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined. Avoid overmixing to keep the cookies tender.

6. Shape and Bake

Scoop tablespoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the back of a spoon. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips for Success

  • Fresh Lemon Zest: Always use fresh lemon zest for the best flavor. The oils in the zest are what gives the cookies their intense lemon aroma.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure that your butter and eggs are at room temperature to ensure even mixing.
  • Don’t Overbake: Keep a close eye on your cookies. They should be slightly underbaked in the center to remain chewy as they cool.

Storage and Serving Suggestions

  • Storage: Keep your lemon cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, freeze them for up to 3 months.
  • Serving: Serve your cookies with a light dusting of powdered sugar or a drizzle of lemon glaze. Pair with a cup of tea or a glass of cold milk for a delightful treat.


We hope you enjoy baking and savoring these delicious lemon cookies! Try the recipe and share your results with us. For more healthy baking options, explore our collection of recipes and discover new favorites. Happy baking!

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