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.

If you like the sound of these cookies, you might like my lemon moreish biscuits or my orange and lemon curd biscuits.

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

    • Neutral-tasting oil (vegetable or sunflower)
    • Caster or granulated white sugar
    • Pure vanilla extract or paste
    • Lemons
    • Medium eggs
    • Plain or all-purpose flour (BL55)
    • Grated coconut
    • Turmeric (optional)
    • Baking powder
    • Icing sugar
    • Flour: replace the gluten flour with a 1:1 alternative gluten free flour, such as Doves Farm Free plain gluten free flour. If possible, choose a flour which contains xanthan gum or alternatively, add 1 tsp to your batter for stability.

    TIP: I highly recommend adding a good pinch of fine salt to your biscuit doughs. It would seem counterproductive, but it’s not. In a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory way, salt intensifies the mouths’ ability to taste sweetness. It is the sodium that sends signals to move glucose into the sweet taste receptor cells, thus triggering the cells to register sweetness. The result is that salt not only alerts our ‘salt sensitivity’, but also triggers our ‘sweet sensitive’ taste buds.


    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.

    If you experiment, I would love to know how you get on and share it with the other readers.


    TIP: If you have ever ended up with dry, dense or crumbly baked goods, it might be because you’re using inaccurate measurements. I highly recommend using metric measurements and a digital scale, rather than cup measurements for example. You will find it much easier, less messy and you will get far better, consistent results weighing your ingredients. 🙂


    Nutrition information can vary for a recipe based on factors such as precision of measurements, brands, ingredient freshness, or the source of nutrition data.

    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 the cookie dough – To freeze the cookie dough, roll the cookie dough into balls, skip coating in icing sugar and then place onto a baking/parchment lined baking tray or plate. Freeze completely to have perfect cookies at a moment’s notice! Once the cookies have frozen solid, approx. 30 minutes, transfer them to a freezer-safe, airtight container. They will last up to 3 months in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat the cookies, allow them to thaw for about 30 minutes at room temperature, then roll in icing sugar and bake as per the recipe.

    Freezing the baked cookies -To freeze the baked cookies, cool the cookies completely and then freeze on the baking tray. When the cookies have frozen solid, approx. 30 minutes. Store the cookies in a freezer-safe, airtight container for up to 1 month. When ready to serve, allow the cookies to reach room temperature.

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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 sugar (or granulated)
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp of vanilla paste
    • 2 whole unwaxed lemons ( zested )
    • 2 medium eggs
    • 250 g plain (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 sugar (US 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.

    Notes & Tips

    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 and cookies, dairy free, lemon, lemon crinkle cookies


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