Lemon Crinkle Cookies

I joined Pinterest last week. It’s even more addicting than Facebook and much more inspiring. Just what I needed—another internet vice! I found this Lemon Crinkle Cookie recipe there and gave it a try over the weekend. The cookies were light, lemony, and perfect for spring! I followed the recipe exactly as written, but next time I’m going to use parchment paper instead of non-stick cooking spray.

lemon crinkle cookie recipe

½ cups butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoons baking powder
⅛ teaspoons baking soda
1-½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease Line light colored baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

*If using a non-stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

Recipe by: Lauren Brennan laurenslatest.com


  1. Jasmine

    mmmm… lemon goodness! I have a mini lemon tree that faithfully provides me with lemons – this looks like a good recipe to use my produce on :) Not to mention that my husband will love me eternally for baking anything lemony!

  2. Wit & Whistle Post author

    Haha if a batch of lemon cookies is all it takes to win your husband’s eternal love, then you should DEFINITELY make these! ;)

  3. April

    My BF and I are on the slow-card diet, and one thing we do to help us loose weight is use A LOT of lemons! We’re constantly juicing them, and I’ve felt bad just throwing the rind away and not zesting it or doing SOMETHING with it. I think this recipe will help us… when it’s out one-a-week “cheat” day :P I seriously love lemons, yum!

  4. Emily M

    Yup, I made these this weekend, and they are definitely perfect for spring. I’ll be making these again for sure. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. guava

    these cookies are amazing! i just finished making them haha
    i adore lemons in general, and these cookies are just perfect.
    i have a new favorite now (:

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I’m not sure! It has been a while since I made them. It didn’t make a ton though.

  6. Vanessa

    i just made these & they are delishhhh, i used a tablespoon so that i’ d have some bigger cookies 7 the teaspon for my diet sized cookies lol

  7. vicky

    hello! i just made them and can’t wait to eat them! they are so delicious! great recipe!!! i’m sure all of my friends will devour them ;) thank you!

  8. Amy

    I found your recipe on Pinterest and I made these cookies this evening with my daughter. Thanks for a great recipe! I added more lemon zest because my husband loves lemon flavored sweets and used whole wheat pastry flour instead, but they still turned out so soft and light! You can’t even tell it’s whole wheat. Yummy! Thanks again.

  9. Carly

    I recently made these and brought them to my husbands office. That was 6 days ago… I’ve gotten at least 4 request for more since then. People LOVE these cookies… even people who claim to not like cookies are in LOVE!

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