Soft chewy lemon cookies with fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and lemon extract to give them the extra lemon tang! These lemon crinkle cookies are rolled in powdered sugar and baked until soft and chewy. The best lemon cookie recipe!
Back in January when we had a plethora of lemons growing from our trees, I went to Instagram and asked what lemon recipes you wanted to see on Modern Honey. I couldn't believe the huge response and all of the creative ideas!
You asked for a lemon crinkle cookie recipe over and over again!
A popular cookie recipe on Modern Honey has always been my Lemon Sugar Cookies. They are perfectly soft and chewy with slightly crunchy edges. They have a light lemon flavor and taste amazing!
However, I wanted to create a lemon cookie with extra lemon flavor so I created the best lemon crinkle cookie recipe.
The beauty of these soft and chewy lemon cookies is that I use lemon in three different ways -- lemon juice, fresh lemon zest, and lemon extract. By using all three of these lemon ingredients, you get a lot of lemon flavor in every single bite!
These homemade lemon cookies are for all of my lemon lovers out there!
Lemon Cookies Ingredients:
- Fresh Lemon Juice
- Lemon Zest
- Lemon Extract
- Baking Powder
- Powdered Sugar
How to make the Best Lemon Cookies:
- Start by creaming together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. This creates air in the batter which gives the cookies loft once they hit the oven. It also helps the butter to wrap around the sugar and create a smooth texture.
- Add fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon extract, and eggs. By using all three lemon ingredients, you are giving these chewy lemon cookies the most lemon flavor possible.
- Add dry ingredients and mix only until combined. Don't overmix the dry ingredients or the cookies will become tough. We want tender cookies!
- If you want the cookies to have a more yellow coloring, add yellow food coloring to the dough.
- Roll the lemon cookie dough into balls and then place powdered sugar into a bowl. Roll the cookie dough balls into the powdered sugar.
- Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake until soft and chewy. Don't overbake these lemon crinkle cookies.
Popular Lemon Recipes:
- Lemon Brownies
- Lemon Olive Oil Cake
- Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
- Lemon Bundt Cake
- Lemon Cream Pie
- Lemon Sheet Cake
- Lemon Sugar Cookies
Well I just got another visit from my neighbors....along with a big bag of lemons from their tree....requesting (begging) for another batch of these cookies. I can't believe how many batches I have made for them the past few months....they obviously love them...and so do we!
This recipe is a keeper! Basic ingredients with simple steps. Came out perfect — soft and chewy as advertised. We seem to have a never ending supply of lemons from our trees, so I am making another batch per my hubby’s request. 🙂
Favorite cookie right here! I like to make them really big....so get 10-15 cookies per recipe. I also add more zest than it calls for....love to make them really lemony!
Tripled the measurements for 30 cookies and ended up with 72 delicious and moist lemon cookies! these were so easy to make! will use this recipe again for sure!
I need to make these but I have a question. The recipe yields 10 cookies, which in this Dallas heat isn't even worth turning on the oven. So I want to do 20. When I click on the "2x" to double the recipe, all the ingredients increase by double except for the egg yolk and the zest from 1 lemon. So, is this an error in the calculation or should it be two egg yolks and 2 lemons of zest?
Jay, it's not 10 cookies. I thought the same thing, so made a triple batch, I've been baking all afternoon - I have about 60 cookies, They are delicious. you definitely need to chill them or they are too soft to form into balls. I had to keep putting them back in the fridge as I made such a large batch. Sharing another tip from a chocolate crinkle cookie recipe - roll them in granulated (regular) sugar before rolling them in powdered sugar - it keeps the powdered sugar whiter.
Jennifer, thanks so much for the response and clarification. I typically chill my dough for cookie recipes, so will make sure to do that. I also roll my chocolate crinkle cookies in granulated sugar prior to the powdered sugar and people love them. Funny thing is I make a whole series of treats for Xmas and the chocolate crinkle recipe is always the favorite...while I think it's somewhat ordinary. I gave my wife's friend a large batch for her birthday and she devoured them before her family ever saw a single one!