Lemon Lime Cookies

Lemon lime cookies

I did not have high hopes for these cookies.  To be honest, I thought I would end up hating them and would just give them away to others.  Until recently, the thought of putting lemon in dessert always grossed me out, but I’m slowing coming around to it, so I thought these cookies would be fun to try.

Lemon lime cookies

And you know what?  I loved them.  Go figure, huh?  I liked them so much that my husband had to pry them away from me to share.  Sometimes I don’t like to share my cookies : )  Okay, a lot of times I don’t like to share my cookies.  I have no shame when it comes to this.

So let’s talk about these sweet treats shall we?  The cookie itself is soft and chewy, and filled with a wonderful vanilla flavor as a base.  You get little bursts of lemon and lime freshness from all the zest, and then it’s finished off with some confectioners’ sugar.  Awesome?  Yes.  Another bonus – they’re really pretty with the little flecks of zest from the citrus.

Lemon lime cookies

So who is no longer afraid of lemon in dessert?  This girl.

Lemon Lime Cookies
Yield: 18 to 20 cookies
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest (from 1 to 2 limes)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the granulated sugar, lime zest and lemon zest. Use your fingers to work the zest into the sugar, until the sugar is moist and fragrant. Add in the butter and then beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until combined. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the flour mixture. Beat until just incorporated.
  4. Add the confectioners’ sugar to a shallow bowl. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough (I used my large cookie scoop) and roll into a ball. Place the ball in the confectioners’ sugar and toss to coat. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies will still be light in color but the surfaces should be “cracked.” Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Adapted from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. Originally from the Cooking Channel.


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  1. Marie says

    I just want to say how much my family (and friends) LOVE these cookies. They have become a welcome treat and gift for friends. This has become one of my dad’s favorite cookies at 80+ years old! Thank you.

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      This makes me feel better haha I like knowing I’m not the only person who used to really dislike lemon!

  2. says

    So what I want to know is… just what made you make these cookies when you didn’t think you’d like them?? Just to experiment? haha
    I’m not crazy about citrus in desserts either, but I’m pretty sure I don’t actually dislike the concept, I just have a crazy need for chocolate in all my desserts. I must admit though that your cookies sounds pretty awesome. :)

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      Just to experiment : ) haha I started to like a little lemon zest in things like muffins, etc. so I thought maybe I would like these. I figured hungry co-workers would eat them if I didn’t!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      haha I have crossed over … I feel like there’s a whole new world of desserts waiting for me : )

  3. Fran says

    Ooo these look delicious! I love lemon in dessert. The lime sounds interesting. Never thought about lemon and lime together. I am going to try this recipe.

  4. Marcie@flavorthemoments says

    Citrus flavors are right up there with chocolate for me. I love the addition of lime, too! I would eat these up!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      I’m slowing coming around to citrus haha I was surprised at how much I loved these!

  5. says

    Ashley – friend, you have the most unexepcted aversions. Bacon? Lemon in desserts? I’m glad you’re pushing through, particularly because these cookies look delightful!

    Soft and chewy is my cookie texture of preference – yum!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      haha I know … I can be strange : ) The lemon one is definitely going away so that’s good! But bacon is still eh for me lol

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