Feb 6, 2013

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of cookies (who isn't?) and I'll pretty much try any recipe that I come across.  Some are a huge hit and some are a bit of a miss but these, these were a big, big hit with everyone.  They have perfect texture with crisp edges but chewy centers.  They are light and full of lemon flavor that is super bright.  These beauties were a great change of pace from heavier desserts and they kept really well.  This recipe makes fairly small amount, 16-18 cookies, but for us, that was a perfect amount.

I'm sure a lot of people are ready for spring to arrive (not me, though) and these gave just a little glimpse into what is on the horizon.  Lemon always reminds me of spring and sunshine so if it's a little dreary in your neck of the woods, try these out.  They are sure to help wipe away some of the winter blues!

Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Printable Version

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. baking powder
⅛ tsp. baking soda
½ cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Light baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add in vanilla, egg, lemon zest and juice and beat until blended. Scrape down the sides and mix again.
3. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Slowly add dry ingredients to butter mixture, mixing only until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again, very briefly.
4. Place powdered sugar into a small bowl. Using a cookie scoop, form dough into balls and gently roll in the powdered sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the bottoms of the cookie are just beginning to turn golden brown. Do not over bake. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

as seen on Lauren's Latest


Nicole Plzak said...

I love lemon desserts and these sound exceptionally great.

evabakes said...

Oooh, my mouth is watering right now. Crinkle cookies are already amazing, and the fact that you made these lemon flavored makes them that much more enticing!

Monica said...

Can these be made ahead of time & frozen? Would you just roll up the dough & de-thaw when ready?

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