Lemon Crinkle Cookies

These soft and chewy lemon crinkle cookies are the perfect palate cleanser. Even with a coating of powdered sugar, they aren't overly sweet thanks to plenty of lemon to balance the flavor.

Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup white whole-wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 ½ tablespoons grated lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until creamed, about 90 seconds. Add egg, lemon zest and lemon juice; beat on medium speed until combined, about 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture, beating until combined, about 1 minute. Cover and refrigerate until slightly firmer, about 30 minutes.

  2. Position racks in lower and upper thirds of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 3 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

  3. Place confectioners' sugar in a small bowl. Scoop the dough with a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop; roll to create a ball. Roll each ball, one at a time, in the sugar until completely covered. Gently place on a prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls 2 inches apart.

  4. Place 2 of the baking sheets on separate racks; bake until the edges of the cookies are set, about 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely, about 15 minutes. Repeat with the remaining sheet of cookies.

    Lemon Crinkle Cookies
    Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Styling / Ruth Blackburn


Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

202 Calories
8g Fat
30g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 2 cookies
Calories 202
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Vitamin A 260IU 5%
Sodium 128mg 6%
Potassium 34mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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