If you love sipping on a refreshing glass of lemonade during the hot summer months, you'll love snacking on our simple lemon crinkle cookies! Lemon crinkle cookies are a delightful summer treat with their bright, citrusy notes. Our lemon cookies have crinkly and cracked surfaces dusted in sweet powdered sugar, hence the crinkle name. These sunshiney cookies are sure to make a splash this summer with your family and friends!



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • powdered sugar for coating


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare two baking sheets by lightly coating them with cooking spray, lining them with parchment paper, or lining them both with a Silpat. Set aside.

  2. Wash and dry lemons. Using a zester, grate three teaspoons lemon zest into a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Chop the butter into several pieces and place in a small bowl. Melt in the microwave, about one minute. Allow the butter to cool.

  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the cooled melted butter and sugar. Mix until smooth. Next, add the egg and egg yolk, mix until well blended. Finally, add in the vanilla, lemon juice, lemon extract and lemon zest. Continue to mix until well combined.

  5. Next, add the dry ingredients to the stand mixer. Mix on medium-low to medium speed until a dough forms. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Chill for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.

  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Fill a small bowl with powdered sugar.

  7. Using your hands, roll the dough into approximately one-inch balls. Carefully roll each ball in the powdered sugar, and place on the prepared baking sheets, two inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges are slightly crispy and the centers are set. Allow the lemon cookies to cool before serving. Enjoy!


  • 2 baking sheets
  • cooking spray, parchment paper or 2 Silpats
  • zester
  • large bowl
  • stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment
  • plastic wrap
  • small bowl

Recipe Notes

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Crinkle Cookie Variations

chocolate crinkle cookies

If you loved our lemon crinkle cookies, you're sure to enjoy the many other charming variations of this delicious dessert! Crinkle cookies come in several flavors, the most popular being the winter holiday favorite, chocolate crinkles. These joyful cookies can be customized to suit your tastes or any special occasion. Here are some tasty suggestions:

  • red velvet crinkles
  • strawberry crinkles
  • peppermint crinkles
  • caramel crinkles
  • vanilla crinkles
  • ube crinkles
  • peanut butter crinkles
  • gingerbread crinkles

The possibilities for crinkle cookies are endless. But, we do fancy the tasty burst of sunshine during the summer months with our delicious lemon crinkle cookies. Make a batch of these yummy cookies today!

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