Lemon Crinkle Cookies from Scratch

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Bright, fresh Lemon Crinkle Cookies have been a favorite cookie for as long as I can remember. They’re light, lemony sweet cookies that keep well for several days.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

This is a simple made-from-scratch recipe and that only requires an hour of chilling time, so they can be made quickly whenever the cravings hit.

Lemon is one of my favorite flavors, especially during the winter when other fruits are in short supply.

I like to add a bit of lemon extract as well in addition to the fresh lemon juice in order to boost that awesome lemon flavor.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cookies with crisp edges and a chewy center are classic cookies that everyone seems to love.

The cookie dough balls are rolled in powdered sugar just before baking, giving each cookie a terrific sweet coating to balance the tartness of the lemon flavor.

Classic Lemon Crinkle Cookies

There are endless delicious ways to enjoy lemon desserts. The lemon dessert recipes here started with the popular No Bake Lemon Cheesecake.

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake and this Lemon Blackberry Yogurt Cake are both much-loved treats as well.

And last but not least, Classic Lemon Bars are a guaranteed favorite on every lemon dessert list too.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies are a popular classic.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies Recipe

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, lemon juice, and lemon extract.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt until combined. Add dry ingredients to the wet and stir until well mixed. Add yellow food coloring if desired. Chill the dough for at least one hour or up to several days.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the powdered sugar until thickly coated and place on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350 F for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. Cool on the sheet for several minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely. Store tightly covered for several days or freeze for several weeks.
Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

4.5 from 2 votes
Bright, fresh Lemon Crinkle cookies made completely from scratch.
Prep Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 32 mins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 cookies

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • yellow food coloring (OPTIONAL)
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar to roll dough

Instructions

  • Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, lemon juice and lemon extract.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt until combined. Add dry ingredients to the wet and stir until well mixed. Add yellow food coloring if desired. Chill the dough for at least one hour or up to several days.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the powdered sugar until thickly coated and place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 F for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. Cool on the sheet for several minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely. Store tightly covered for several days or freeze for several weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie · Calories: 131kcal · Carbohydrates: 29g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 1g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 19mg · Sodium: 94mg · Potassium: 35mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 16g · Vitamin A: 38IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 39mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 2/22/18 – recipe notes and photos updated 4/29/21}

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  1. Heather says

    Can the dough be frozen and baked later?
    How long do the cookies stay soft for?

    I love this recipe!

  2. Sharon says

    4 stars
    These are great! Nibbling on my first warm ones out of the oven right now. A nice mild lemon flavor. I might kick up the extract next time, but that’s personal preference. I took them out at 12 minutes and they are perfectly crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Saving this recipe for sure!

  3. Sandra says

    5 stars
    Just made these today – what a delight!
    Easy, quick, no fuss. And also child-friendly which is a bonus.

    Also a plus: no dairy products, no convenience products used in the recipe.

    The niece and I are thinking about experimenting with various flavours based on this recipe: thyme, lavender, maybe chocolate and cherry…..

    Thanks for sharing!

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