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Lemon Crinkle Cookies With a Twist


My latest baking adventure actually went as planned.  I was quite relieved that things worked out well, after the scramble brought on by the Banana Cotta Crumble!

I have made these Lemon Crinkle Cookies a couple of times and each time, they have hit the spot.  They look like a shortbread cookie.  However, they are moist and chewy on the inside.  The lemon zest and juice make them into a fresh-tasting sweet treat.

I’ve pinned the recipe on Pinterest.  See it and some other recipes for sweet treats that I’ve pinned by clicking here.

I made these for a party last week.  To dress each cookie up just a bit more, I broke out some homemade lemon curd that I had in my freezer.  Honestly, I could have served up the lemon curd all on its own.  It was just full of creamy, lemony goodness.

To see the actual original recipe, click here.  I reduced the sugar a little bit along the way, but that’s really the only change that I made.  Here’s a reprint of the recipe with my two changes of sugar reductions:

Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Makes 2-3 dozen

½ cups butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar (The original recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar)
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoons baking powder
⅛ teaspoons baking soda
1-½ cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cups powdered sugar (The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of 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.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies Batter

Lemon Crinkle Cookies Batter

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.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies Rolled in Icing Sugar

Lemon Crinkle Cookies Rolled in Icing Sugar

Lemon Crinkle Cookies - Almost Ready for the Oven

Lemon Crinkle Cookies – Almost Ready for the Oven

Since I wanted to dress these cookies with some lemon curd, I pressed each ball of dough down in the center to create a small well.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies with a Small Well

Lemon Crinkle Cookies with a Small Well

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.

Once the cookies were baked and cooled, I dropped a small dollop of lemon curd on top of each one.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies with Lemon Curd

Lemon Crinkle Cookies with Lemon Curd

I baked these early in the day so that I could refrigerate them for an hour or so before attempting to transport them to the party.  A little bit of extra cooling worked well to solidify the lemon curd enough so that it didn’t stick to everything that touched it.  I was able to layer the cookies in a container and bring them to the party intact!

I was pretty pleased that everyone tried one and even the kids at the party thought they were tasty!

Lemon Crinkle Cookies with Lemon Curd

Lemon Crinkle Cookies with Lemon Curd

61 thoughts on “Lemon Crinkle Cookies With a Twist

  1. Looks delish, sis! We need to do something like the lady in that Roger’s ad to stay at home with our babies!!

  2. These look delicious!!!! Would love to make them 😀


  3. The first thing that comes to mind is: yummy! I’d love to try and bake them but I don’t have an oven 😦

  4. Wow, these look great, Alia! I’m glad to see you’re continuing with the baking posts! Chris isn’t a fan of lemon-flavored stuff (you know how picky he is!), so it looks like I’ll have to make these all for myself- LOL. Actually, they would make a really fun surprise to bring to my mom before radiation sometime this week! Thanks for that refrigeration tip. 😉

  5. these look so yummy! I love lemon

  6. OH DEAR. I’m such a sucker for lemon pie… din’t know a lemon crinkle cookie is possible! Kumiko Mae, Filipina Beauty Blogger

  7. looks yummy! totally wish i live next to u~

  8. These look AMAZING! I’m a huge fan of lemon treats so these are going to the top of my Must Bake list!

  9. Those ones look so professional. I’ve never tried to cook, but it sounds great to give it a try. I’m not sure I’m going to have such a result. xxx

  10. Yum!!! They look really delicious! Unfortunately, my first and only attempt at baking didn’t turn out so well so I’m a bit hesitant to try baking again. Hahahaha but I guess I need to practice if I wanna get better at it 🙂

  11. They look delish! I have to try this recipe. 🙂

  12. Oomg!!! Yummy. They are looking absolutely delish xx

  13. They look cute and yummy at once! Nicely done

  14. Looks really yummy! Love your delicious posts on every visit! 🙂

  15. yummy! i love lemon-related stuff.. might give this a try! thanks for sharing x

  16. /drools/ looks delicious!

  17. OMG Alia.. Looks like you are a great cook .. I’ll surely try this at home 🙂

  18. They look so good! I love cookies and cakes that have lemon in them 🙂

  19. ooooooooh.. looks so yummy.. I just have to try this one!! 😀

  20. yuuuuuuuuum!! i would love some of these with a cup of tea 😀

  21. these looks delicious (y)

  22. thanks for the recipe dear 🙂 They look simply delectable!

  23. Yummy!! I used to inhale lemon curd so I just KNOW these are great!!

  24. totally love the look of them.
    I bet they taste even better !

  25. I never tasted a shortbread cookie, so I have no clue how that looks or tastes either LOL. But these defo looks like a winner. I’m not really a big fan of lemon.. the smell makes me nauseous. But that’s bad because these pretty cookies look so so yum. I can only imagine how amazing they taste. No wonder they were a complete hit! 🙂

  26. Yum, I’m craving for some cookies right now!

  27. Yummy!!! That looks delicious. I think I might try this recipe out this weekend.

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