Lemon Crinkle Cookies Recipe - Food.com (2024)


Submitted by Chef SuzyQ

"If you like lemon and you like cookies, this recipe is for you! I discovered it on Pinterest and it won the "Top Cookie Award" on an LDS food blog. I've been baking and making cookies for 40 years and haven't stumbled upon a better cookie than this one. It's very refreshing and light, but the texture is what really makes this cookie stand out. Crunchy on the outside and just the right chewy softness on the inside. Wonderful!"


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  • 12 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon baking powder
  • 18 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 12 cups all-purpose flour
  • 12 cup powdered sugar



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray 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. Don't overbake!

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  1. A nice, light cookie for summer! I rolled mine in granulated sugar rather than powdered for a little extra crunch. Next time will add some zest to the sugar before rolling for more lemon flavor.

  2. I usually make #342635 as a Christmas cookie, but did not have all of the ingredients on hand to make it this year (holiday's come too quick). So I found this recipe, which is very similar, & had every ingredient on hand. I used bottled lemon juice & dehydrated lemon peel. After reading the other reviews, I decided to triple the amount of lemon juice & peel. I just finished baking my first pan & had to try one, very good with a very good lemon flavor. Thank you so much for posting & helping me out this holiday season ;)


  3. Great cookie! Doubled lemon juice and zest. Will add even more next time. Thanks for sharing.

    Lighthouse Rita

  4. Great recipe, but I wanted it a little more lemony. I doubled the lemon juice to 2T and put the zest of 2 full lemons in the batter. I added some extra flour to absorb the extra lemon juice, but I think I will add more next time because most of the powdered sugar was absorbed in the oven. I'll definitely make these again!

    Meghan O

  5. Had to put in more lemon because couldn't taste it. When I took them out of the oven after 11 min, the powdered sugar had baked into the cookie and it was raw. Had to bake them almost 10 more min and some were still a little raw inside. Made them for a potluck but didn't take them because they did not turn out.

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  1. Used lemon extract instead of vanilla.

    Shirley S.

  2. I rolled the dough into balls and set aside to let dry a little. The confectioners sugar doesn't melt into the cookie while baking. You actually have confectioners sugar in the crinkles that way.


  3. I substituted lemon extract for the vanilla. I like more lemon. Wonderful soft cookies. What a hit with my family.

    Rebecca B.

  4. Love this recipe! It is easy and the cookies are absolutely delicious. Today I made two batches. The first with the lemon as called for and the second I switched out the lemon zest and juice for orange. They were even better. Scrumptious little bites of cakey cookie goodness, with a hint of orange.



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I'm a certified elementary teacher, but for now I'm a work-at-home-mom, running a vacation rental and helping my husband manage our towing business. I began serious baking at the age of 10, and still have a passionate love for the art of baking. I especially love baking breads and desserts, and am always on the hunt for new recipes!

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Why are my crinkle cookies not crinkling? ›

Why are my crinkle cookies not crinkling? If the dough is too wet, then it will dissolve the sugar and the crinkle will get lost. In order for a defined crinkle to form, the surface of the dough needs to be dry. If your cookies are not crinkling then there is too much free water in the dough.

Why my crinkles did not crack? ›

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Common Questions

The most common reason for cookies that don't crack is either that the oven was not hot enough or the baking powder was expired. Be sure to allow plenty of time for your oven to heat, and use a fresh container of baking powder!

What makes a cookie crinkle? ›

The part that makes this a 'crinkle' cookie is the generous coating of powdered sugar that the cookie dough ball gets before going into the oven. As it bakes and spreads on the baking sheet, cracks develop and are exposed, giving the perfect crackle cookie.

Why are my crinkle cookies hard? ›

Most cookies are soft and flexible, so the dough evenly expands as the cookies bake. In crinkle cookies, however, the powdered sugar dries out in the oven, creating a hard outer shell that is not flexible.

How do I make my cookies chewy instead of crunchy? ›

How To Make Cookies Chewy Without Cornstarch
  1. Go heavy on brown sugar. It has more moisture than its granulated counterpart, which means the cookie comes out less crispy. ...
  2. Choose margarine or shortening instead of butter. ...
  3. Use baking powder instead of baking soda. ...
  4. Rest your dough. ...
  5. Shorten baking time.
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How do you make cookies soft instead of crunchy? ›

Baking cookies quickly in a hot oven – at 375 degrees F as opposed to a lower temperature – will make for soft results. They'll bake fast instead of sitting and drying out in the oven's hot air. Ever so slightly underbaking your cookies will give you softer results than cooking them the full amount the recipe says.

How to get crackly top on cookies? ›

Instead of simply placing a smooth ball of cookie dough on your baking sheet, use your hands to split the ball in half, and then gently squeeze it together. You'll want the split side facing up when the cookies go into the oven.

Can you fix crunchy cookies? ›

Another way to soften cookies is by placing the cookies in an airtight container with a damp paper towel. The paper towel will release moisture and help to soften the cookies without making them too soft or mushy. Another way is to place the cookies in a plastic bag with a slice of apple or a damp tea towel.

How do you make cookie dough not crack? ›

To avoid this, try using as little flour as possible while preparing to roll your dough. Dry – “Dry” or “Crumbly” dough is a product of over-mixing or using too much of any ingredient during the mixing process. This can be reversed by adding one to two tablespoons of liquid (water, milk or softened butter) to your mix.

Can I bake crinkles without parchment paper? ›

Yes, you can bake Chocolate Crinkle Cookies without parchment paper. Grease the baking sheet with cooking spray, oil, or butter. Don't overdo it because it can cause the cookies to spread out too much.

What are crunchy cookies called? ›

Most English-speaking countries call crunchy cookies "biscuits", except for the United States and Canada, where "biscuit" refers to a type of quick bread. Chewier biscuits are sometimes called "cookies" even in the United Kingdom.

Why are my crinkle cookies spreading? ›

One of the most common causes of cookie spread is that the fat is too warm. Make sure to chill your dough thoroughly if the recipe calls for it. If you're forming dough balls and the dough is too sticky to work with, this is a sign that your dough may be too warm. Try chilling the dough for at least 15 minutes!

Why do my cookies not stay crispy? ›

Summer, though welcomed for the sun and fun, also brings humidity that makes your cookies limp -- not so fun. Keep those cookies crisp by storing them in an airtight container. Some people toss a piece of bread in with the cookies to help absorb any excess moisture.

Why are my chocolate chip cookies crunchy and not soft? ›

Possible causes: (1) you don't use enough liquid, (2) you don't use enough fat/oil, (3) you over mix them, (4) you cook them too long, (5) you cook them at too low a temperature. Every time I bake chocolate chip cookies, the cookies are either too soft or crunchy.

What can cause a cookie to be too chewy or not chewing enough? ›

Well, the long and short answer to chewy cookies is it's all about the moisture content. Cookies that are dense and chewy incorporate more moisture into the batter. This can be achieved by making substitutions with wet and dry ingredients, or even just changing the way you incorporate certain ingredients.

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