Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

These lemon crinkle cookies are the perfect treat, beautiful and delicious and great for gift giving. They are also dairy-free and a good way to get the kids baking.

If you’ve never had crinkle cookies before, these are going to be an exceptional experience. They have a lovely lemony taste, a soft creamy centre and a crinkly sugar layer on the outside. As the cookies bake in the oven and spread, they create this crinkle effect on the top that not only looks impressive but tastes amazing too.

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    For this yummy lemon crinkle cookie recipe all you need are these 11 ingredients:

    • Neutral-tasting oil (vegetable or sunflower)
    • Caster or granulated white sugar
    • Vanilla extract, sugar or paste
    • Lemons
    • Medium eggs
    • Plain or all-purpose flour (BL55)
    • Grated coconut
    • Turmeric (optional)
    • Sea salt
    • Baking powder
    • Icing sugar


    This lemon crinkle cookie recipe is very versatile and you can have fun trying different flavour twists!

    Here are a few suggestions:

    Saffron and cardamom cookies: Add a few saffron threads to the oil and 1/2 tsp of ground cardamom with the flour. Remove the lemon juice, zest and turmeric.

    Amaretto cookies: Add 1/2-1 tsp almond extract with the oil. Removing the lemon juice, zest and turmeric.

    Orange cookies: Replace the lemon juice and zest with the zest of 2 oranges or a little oil extract.

    Flour substitution: These lemon crinkle cookies are easily converted to being gluten-free. Just replace the flour with a 1:1 gluten-free baking flour.

    Let me know in the comments!


    • Mixing bowls
    • Electric hand mixer
    • Digital scale
    • Measuring spoons
    • Baking tray


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    I strive to keep the information as accurate as possible but make no warranties regarding its accuracy.

    I encourage you to make your own calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.


    These lemon crinkle cookies are best served on the day of baking, warm and crispy from the oven. Store them in an airtight container for up to a week, they will soften as time goes by.

    Freezing: I recommend freezing the dough in balls without the icing sugar. After defrosting for half an hour, coat them with the icing sugar prior to baking.

    Alternatively, they can be frozen once baked for up to 1 month.

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    Lemon crinkle cookie recipe

    Lemon Crinkle Cookies

    Preparation:15 minutes
    Baking:8 minutes
    Resting time:2 hours
    Total:2 hours 23 minutes
    Servings: 24
    These lemon crinkle cookies are the perfect treat, beautiful and delicious and great for gift giving. They are also dairy-free and a good way to get the kids baking.


    • 60 ml neutral-tasting oil (coconut, vegetable or sunflower oil)
    • 160 g caster or granulated white sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract, sugar or 1/2 tsp of vanilla paste
    • 2 whole unwaxed lemons ( zested )
    • 2 medium eggs
    • 250 g plain or all-purpose flour (BL55)
    • 80 g shredded coconut
    • 0.5 tsp ground turmeric (optional for natural yellow colouring )
    • 1 pinch fine sea salt
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 60 g icing or powdered sugar


    • Cookie dough: To a large bowl or a food mixer, add the oil, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest. Mix until well combined.
    • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in-between each addition until smooth and shiny.
    • Add the sieved flour, grated coconut, baking powder, turmeric if using and salt and stir until combined.
    • Resting the dough: Chill the dough for 2 hours or longer, even overnight if possible. (see notes)
    • Preheat the oven 170°C fan / 375°F / Gas 5
    • Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat and set it aside.
    • Shaping: Place the icing sugar in a bowl. Divide the cookie dough into 16 balls. If you find the dough is a little sticky, I usually wet my hands with a little water, which makes it easier to roll. and then gently roll in the bowl of icing sugar to coat.
    • Place the coated cookie balls on the prepared baking tray. (You may not be able to bake all the cookies at once as they need space around them as they bake to spread. I use a silicone mat (30 x 40cm) on my baking tray and this allows me to bake a maximum of 20 cookies at one time). I tend to bake in 2 batches.
    • Baking: Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the edges are set. (See notes)
    • Allow the cookies to cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking tray to continue setting, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.


    Resting: If you want to get the best results, chilling the dough will help develop the flavour, texture and most importantly it will stop the icing sugar from being absorbed into the cookies as they cook and fading their appearance. If you really can’t wait with the resting, you can bake them straight away they just won’t look or taste as good. 
    Baking: Just like baking brownies you need to have good control over the baking time. Try to take them out of the oven just before they look fully baked, the residual heat left will set the centres and you will get the soft, brownie-like texture you’re looking for. If they overcook, they will be very dry. For me, the cookies took around 8 minutes in my oven, for the best result, I recommend trying with one cookie and adjusting the time for the rest based on the result.
    Turmeric: If you want your cookie to be nice bright yellow you can use food colouring. Personally, I don’t like to use artificial colours and opt for natural colouring such as turmeric. In the final cookie, you cannot really detect this taste.
    KEYWORDS Biscuits & Cookies, Dairy free, Lemon, Lemon crinkle cookies



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