Soft and Chewy Lemon Cookies

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Soft and Chewy Lemon Cookies aren't tart like Lemon Bars, but more of a sweet lemon cookie. For a more pronounced Lemon Cookie these can be glazed with lemon juice mixed with powdered sugar for a bit more bite, and lemon flavor.

Soft and Chewy Lemon Cookies have a really pretty crackle when they come out of the oven with a shiny sugar glaze.

Colt gave the tops a second dip into the powdered sugar once they were baked, for more contrast to the cookies. He also likes living life on the sweeter side, and never will turn down a little extra powdered sugar.

Soft and Chewy Lemon Cookies are super easy to make perfect for a last minute dessert recipe for Easy Holiday Entertaining, the theme for this weeks #SundaySupper! 

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

The secret to Soft and Chewy Lemon Cookies is mixing 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar with 2 tablespoon Lemon Zest for 5 minutes until the sugar is infused with lemon. 

Add 2 ounces Cream Cheese and mix until well combined.

Mix in 6 tablespoons Melted Butter, 1/3 cup Melted Coconut Oil, 1 whole Egg, 1 tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract, 1 teaspoon Baking Powder, 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda, and 1/2 teaspoon Salt, until well combined.

Stir in 2 1/4 cup Flour just until combined.

Scoop dough using a standard sized cookie scoop or heaping tablespoon, and roll into a ball.
Roll each ball into powdered sugar until well coated.

(Note: A reader suggested adding additional lemon peel to the powdered sugar for additional lemon flavor. I ran out of lemon peel on this occasion but will be trying this in the near future.)

Place balls on silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until edges are set, and barely brown.

Allow cookies to cool for 3-4 minutes, and then move to a cooling rack.

The cookies will be lightly glazed from the powdered sugar. For a more pronounced powdered sugar look like Lemon Crinkle Cookies carefully dip the tops of cookies in additional Powdered Sugar. Alternately Powdered Sugar and Lemon Juice can be mixed together to make a thin glaze and drizzled over the top for a more pronounced lemon flavor.

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Soft and Chewy Lemon Cookies

Soft and Chewy Lemon Crinkle Cookies are a delicious easy to make cookie from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
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prep time: 20 Mcook time: 12 Mtotal time: 32 M


  • 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Zest
  • 2 ounces Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • 6 tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil Or Additional Butter, Melted
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice, Fresh Squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • Additional Powdered Sugar For Dusting


How to cook Soft and Chewy Lemon Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  2. Mix together granulated sugar and lemon zest for 5 minutes to infuse sugar.
  3. Add cream cheese and beat until well combined.
  4. Stir in butter, coconut oil, egg, lemon juice, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
  5. Add flour and stir just until combined.
  6. Scoop cookie dough using a standard sized cookie scoop of heaping tablespoon and roll into a ball. Roll ball into powdered sugar.
  7. Place cookies 3 inches apart on lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are just barely brown. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for 3-4 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
  9. For a more pronounced powdered sugar look dip tops off cookies gently into powdered sugar once cooled.
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For more delicious ideas for easy holiday entertaining check out all these other wonderful #SundaySupper recipes:

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  1. These cookies look like they would just melt in your mouth. So pretty and yummy!

  2. Thank you, Serena, for the reminder to get the sugar infused with zest. Your cookies look delightful. And I'd say your sweet-toothed family members have good taste =)

  3. Those look awesome! Terrific recipe, pinned! :)

  4. I love crinkly cookies and your lemon twist sounds wonderful! Perfect citrus treat to round out the chocolate ones :)

  5. I'm saving this recipe because I know exactly the person I'll bake them for and give them as a gift on their birthday.

  6. LOVE cream cheese cookies!

  7. Made this recipe today and they are delicious!!! Everyone who tried them LOVED them!

  8. Also, I made the icing with lemon juice and powdered sugar and that's definitely better...would do that every time!

  9. Suggestion for coconut oil substitution?

    1. Butter or shortening but I would choose butter! Thanks, Serena

  10. definitely baking these sometime this week. the cream cheese cookies sound absolutely delicious. Hope you come up with more crinkle cookie flavors. thanks for this recipe!

  11. I printed the recipe in the box above, but the ingredient list says 1-1/2 granulated sugar (missing the "cup") and leaves out the flour completely! I had to go back to the previous directions to find the quantities. You may want to update the recipe :-)
    We are making these this week - they look delicious!

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know! It must have happened during the last update to the recipe card!

  12. These taste really nice but the method is missing the 'egg'. I realized after I had finished mixing it all together. Still... they taste amazing and I will be adding this to my rotation of cookies.

  13. Thank you for this receipe. My Husband & I enjoy baking-cooking together & these were our favorite xmas cookie this yr. We also went with (orange & fresh squeezed orange juice in place of the lemons. They were yummy also. A KEEPER receipe for the holidays. Janet OH.

  14. Wendy l Barnes6/15/2020 11:00:00 AM

    Outstanding cookie! 👍
    Converted a lemon hater you did.😂

  15. I’m making these right now and I’m using home grown Meyer lemons so hopefully the lemon flavor will carry through! Thank you so much for this recipe ... also the dough was very soft is that normal?

    1. Yes, it's a softer dough.. You can place it in the refrigerator for a little bit if you need to firm it up. Thanks, Serena!


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