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Lemon Crinkle Cookies

by Lorena

Crinkle cookies are beautiful and delicious and these lemon crinkle cookies are not the exception! It has a lovely lemony taste and a crinkly sugar layer on the outside. Also, on the inside, they’re really soft and creamy even.

Before I had already uploaded my chocolate and red velvet crinkle cookies which are as good as these. But the other day I asked you guys on Instagram if you wanted to see the lemon version of these and you LOVED the idea. Lemon desserts are great, they’re like little bites of sunshine. In this case, the lemon flavour is so delicious and also the texture inside is almost creamy. And how could you ignore that crinkle look on the outside :).

For the lemon crinkle cookies to be creamy on the inside like a gooey brownie, you need to have a close control on the cooking time. The cookies will take 6-10 minutes to be ready. If you cook it too little, they will kind of melt when you try to hold them. And if you overcook them, they will be dry. What I recommend is that you first try with one cookie and adjust the time for the rest based on that one. Be aware that when you take them out of the oven they will still be soft. Give them a couple of minutes before lifting them from the baking tray.

lemon crinkle cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

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Course: Dessert, Tea Time
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Time in fridge: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 21 minutes
Servings: 10 – 14 cookies
Author: Lorena Salinas from Cravings Journal


For the cookies

  • 50 g sugar
  • 100 g all purpose flour
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 30 g melted unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

For the crinkle effect

  • 150 g icing sugar


For the cookies

  • Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar using a whisk.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with a spatula.
  • Take the mix to the fridge for an hour so it becomes more solid.
  • Make small, one tablespoon balls between your hands.

For the crinkle effect

  • Pass the dough balls through the icing sugar and let it form a thick coat around it. Place them on a tray with baking paper with 4 fingers between each other as they tend to spread out.
  • Take them to a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for 6-8min. Test the time with one cookie first so that you get the time for the rest. It's important not to overcook them so they don't go dry.
  • Wait a couple of minutes before lifting the cookies off the baking paper because they come out soft still.
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Sheryl Boquiren July 14, 2020 - 5:22 am

Tried it but it came out too flat. ☹️ What could have I done wrongly when I followed the recipe to the T?

Lorena July 16, 2020 - 3:55 pm

Hi Sheryl! Was the dough manageable when it came out of the fridge? Maybe it needed to be in there a little longer?


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