White Chocolate Chip Lemon Cookies


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Soft and chewy White Chocolate Lemon Cookies are studded with white chocolate chips and lightly flavored with lemon. Sweet and tart are the best of friends when it comes to baked goods.

White Chocolate Lemon Cookies with a white chocolate icing rest on a white plate

Lemon White Chocolate Cookies

Lemons remind me of summertime. I think it is because summertime was the only time of the year that we had lemonade growing up. It was always on a super hot day after we had been working outside.

Drinking that first sip from a tall glass of Mint Lemonade or Honey Peach Lemonade was so refreshing in the middle of a warm afternoon.

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At the time, I was determined to do my best to forget the parts of my childhood that were full of sun and hard work. But, nostalgia is hard to beat. I have such sweet memories of those days, now.

So with summertime and summer fruit flavors on my mind, I took this basic cookie recipe and brightened it up for summer.

White chocolate is fabulous in combination with lemon. The tart citrus and sweet creaminess work so well together. I did a white chocolate drizzle on top for fun, but feel free to skip this step if you’d like to keep it simpler.

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White Chocolate Lemon Cookies

Start by creaming the butter and sugars together in a large mixing bowl. Then, beat in the egg and vanilla, and stir in the lemon zest.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients, then mix it into the butter and egg mixture until fully incorporated. Last, add the white chocolate chips. Then, form the dough into one inch balls and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place cookies on baking sheet and bake until edges are lightly brown. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

cookies with white icing are placed on a polka-dot napkin over a wooden tabletop

Lemon Desserts

I adore lemony sweets. A little lemon zest goes a long way into making my baked goods taste lighter and tangier. If you liked these lemon cookies with white chocolate chips, here are a few other options:

This creamy, tangy No Bake Lemon Cheesecake with a graham cracker crust is smooth and bursting with lemon flavor, making it a bright and refreshing dessert for lemon lovers.

Juicy blueberries and fresh lemon are baked inside buttery sweet yeast rolls to make these Blueberry Sweet Rolls. They are sure to elevate your weekend brunch menu!

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

A close-up photo of five lemon cookies with white chocolate chips that have been stacked vertically

White Chocolate Lemon Cookies

Delicious, chewy White Chocolate Lemon Cookies, studded with white chocolate, and lemon. Sweet and tart, the best of friends.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24


  • cups butter softened
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cups white chocolate chips


  • Cream butter and sugars together in a large mixing bowl. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Stir in lemon zest.
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter mixture. When combined add white chocolate chips.
  • Form into balls about an inch or slightly more in diameter. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Place cookies on baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes until edges are lightly brown. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.


Serving: 1cookie · Calories: 238kcal · Carbohydrates: 24g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 15g · Saturated Fat: 10g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 4g · Trans Fat: 0.5g · Cholesterol: 40mg · Sodium: 247mg · Potassium: 54mg · Fiber: 0.4g · Sugar: 15g · Vitamin A: 368IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 31mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 4/11/14 – recipe notes and photos updated 5/9/23}

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  1. ang says

    Hi Mallory, I’m loving these cookies – they look divine! I pinned them to my COOKIE board 🙂
    Hope you’re having a great Monday!
    Ang, Juggling Act Mama

  2. Nici says

    I love cookies…and these with lemon and white chocolate sound amazing! Thanks for linking them to my Creative Ways Link Party. Hope to see you again this week.

  3. Carmen says

    I made these cookies this week for Christmas, and while they are incredibly delicious, they don’t look like the photo. They spread out, and have crispy edges. That being said, out of the five different cookies I have made thus far, these are my favourite! Thanks for the recipe.


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