Aug 24, 2014

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

These lemon crinkle cookies are the only lemon flavored cookie recipe you need; they’re simply sensational, with fresh lemon flavor.

While I was busy working, it seems everything happened when it comes to food blogging. So many of my friends met face to face, in real life, whatever way you call it. This conference, that conference, meeting over coffee…guys, I’m so jealous.

These were supposed to be part of a #sundaysupper post, but I forgot. Just like that. Guess I’m losing my slot in the food blogging world.
Can we talk a bit about how everything web related changed so much in the last two years? It was a different world when I started this blog two and something years ago, more relaxed, more approachable. Or maybe it only felt that way, as it does when the excitement of something new is still, well, new.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

These lemon crinkle cookies are so insanely good. 

I once read that a cookbook is worth anything you paid for it if it has one amazing recipe – something I strongly support, those cookbook piles speak for themselves – and this recipe can do the same for a blog. Not that Mel needs that, at all, but it goes to show how much I love these cookies, in spite that I’m not in essence a cookie person and the above mentioned ridiculous amount of recipes I can access in my almost three hundred cookbooks.

I used cake flour in this recipe, though you can use all purpose too. Cake flour is softer and has a bit of cornstarch; I find the texture improved by it. And I use more lemon zest and juice, because, well, I'm a fan of real lemon tartness, more so when there's a lot of sugar.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

I told you before how I take all my baking to the office. These little lemony things brought raves and more raves. Pretty much like the strawberry jam thumbprints, or the chocolate mint cookies. The conclusion is that not being a cookie person is my issue, ha.
Lemon, on the other hand, is one of my favorite flavors, paired with polenta and blueberries in a cake, or with limoncello in an ice cream, it just never fails. I grew up with the traditional lemon pie, made by my grandmother, and it’s still one of my favorite pies by far. I haven’t made one in ages!

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Anyway, as far as lemon cookies, we’ve hit the jackpot with these crinkles. That’s all folks.

barely adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Café


½ cup (115g) butter, softened
1 cup (100g) sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
Grated lemon zest from 1 lemon
2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups (210g) cake flour (you can use all purpose too)
½ cup, about, powdered sugar, to roll cookies


Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Line two cookie sheets with wax paper, or grease the bottoms.
In a large bowl with a hand beater, mix butter and sugar well.
Add vanilla, egg, lemon juice and zest and mix well again.
Mix together flour, salt, baking powder and soda, and add it to the butter mixture. Mix until it forms a ball and is well blended with no dry spots.
Put powdered sugar in a shallow dish or bowl. Make walnut size balls with the lemon mixture, and roll them in the powdered sugar, coating well.
Place them in the baking sheets spacing them a bit. Bake them for 12 to 15 minutes, until they barely start to brown, are crinkled and rather dry on top.
Let cool on wire rack and keep in tins.

7 related recipes worth looking at:

LEMON THUMBPRINT COOKIES (vegan), from Namely Marly
LEMON BISCOTTI, from Laughing Spatula
LEMONADE CUTOUT COOKIES, from The Simple Sweet Life


  1. I always love crinkle cookies. These look delightful!

  2. wow, looks delicious,
    the photograph made me craving for it even more !

  3. Lemon sweets are my favorite Paula! The gorgeous yellow is evocative of a ripe lemon on a sunny day, a scrumptious cookie!

  4. I know how you feel, Paula. Food blogging is so clique-y now. It's a popularity contest. It's, who can get the most sponsors, the most paid posts, who are my closest blogging friends, etc etc. I'm trying not to let it get me down but I feel the same competition, the same jealousy. And it's tiring. And uninspiring. So I'm trying to remember why I started blogging in the first place - because it's fun and creative. And I love the connections that I've made. So I'll continue, for now. I'm so happy you've started blogging again despite your busy schedule. And these lemon crinkle cookies look amazing. Tony would adore these! I should make them for him one of these days.

  5. These look delicious, Paula.
    And yes, it does feel like things have changed a lot in the five years since I started :-)

  6. I need to stop reading food blogs at breakfast time. I am now craving these for breakfast. Much more delicious looking than my porridge.

  7. Me encantan las galletas de limón, si mal no recuerdo La Havanna tiene unas, siempre me gustaron. Hace tiempo hice unas y fueron un éxito, así que hoy me tomo prestada tu receta porque estoy segura son deliciosas, además me gusta el que le hayan puesto cake flour, creo que eso las hace como más suaves, imagino que se deben "derretir" en la boca.

  8. Paula, I understand how you feel, but I think lots of food bloggers still keep it simple on many levels - photos that are not overly tweaked or food in artistic presentation that has little to do with real life, day to day busy people trying to simply eat well and cook from scratch whenever possible

    No doubt that the general trend is to write sponsored posts, accept products to review, cookbooks, you name it, or gear a blog towards the future publication of a cookbook - you can "sense" that in many sites.

    still, it doesn't have to be that way and it is a breath of fresh air when I stumble on a blog that has been going for a while but is still doing things from the heart. So to speak..

    now these cookies, WOW! They have the crinkles I like in a snickerdoodle, and the lemon flavor that I ADORE.... Pinning!

  9. Paula you have a beautiful blog - it's always a treat to visit!! we also ADORE lemon crinkle cookies:))

  10. I was thrilled to see your post in my feed Paula. I've missed your blogging. Things have changed and yet they have not. It is a competition for some but not all. The ones who truly do it from the heart are the ones who will shine through in the end. You always blog from the heart and I enjoy reading every word, seeing every photo, and drooling over your recipes.

  11. I so need to make these! I love all things citrus. Each time I scroll through my blog roll (is that what it is called? Ha haha) I stop at this. Just beautiful!

  12. Paula, I'm so happy to see another post from you! I agree. . things change so quickly . . even in 2 years. . but I think if we keep our approach to things the same and our outlook and writing, it can still be relaxed and approachable. and I agree with Nancy, just focus on the fun and creative thing and why you started blogging in the first place. keeping it real and authentic and don't worry about the rest.. I hope to see more from you on a regular basis again. . and in the meantime, I will relish these lemon crinkle cookies. Ah, perfection.

  13. Lemon is my absolute favorite - yes, over chocolate! I will try these and trust you implicitly, Paula! xo, David

  14. Paula...te entiendo como sentis sobre blogging...y como cambio a veces de ser algo que antes hacias por placer y ahora por obligacion ? (a veces siento lo mismo). Pero cuando dejo el resto a parte y pienso que el disfrute de escribir mis pensamientos y sacar fotos lindas, vuelvo a mi original amor por blogging.

    p.d los cookies son geniales! tengo que probar una version grain-free!
    p.p.d tenemos que juntarnos de nuevo (esta vez, por ahi podemos cocinar juntas o algo relacionado con la cocina!)

  15. Yum yum yum. These look so good. Lemon cookies is something I haven't gotten into, but I'm basically enamored with anything "cookie" so I know I'll love these too! And I agree with one amazing recipe being worth the cost of the book. I hadn't hear that before, but it makes so much sense!

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

  16. Totally second your thoughts. I made these cookies just a few weeks back and they are truly sensational. We couldn't get enough of them.

  17. I understand how things have changed, definitely! But I miss your blogging and your incredible recipes my friend - keep it up and keep us smiling :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  18. Delicious! I must try these lovely lemony cookies :)

  19. If I had to list one flavoring ingredient that I could not live without, I think it would be lemon. Your little crinkle cookies would put a big smile on my face.

  20. tengo limones de verdad en la heladera esperando una receta... creo q la encontre! ;)

  21. I love lemon! A lot. So you know I'd like these. Really terrific cookie. And I agree things have changed a lot in the blogging world the last couple of years. Which is OK -- I've found my little corner, and am happy there. And am always happy to visit your corner. Thanks for this.

  22. i've made lots of lemon cakes and puddings but never biscuits - i definitely have to change that then and make these - especially when they come so highly recommended by you! i think everyone loves lemon flavours.

  23. Lemon cookies sound amazing! They look very pretty too.

  24. Oh, good, you've alleviated my guilt, Paula...I also have piles of cookbooks and there is at least one amazing recipe in each...Certainly these lemon crinkles are a gem, indeed. BTW I'm in Boulder. Post swimming, I was in a hot tub and met a woman from Argentina and told her all about you and Vintage Kitchen Notes!

  25. Cookbooks are an obsession with me…I always say I will not buy anymore and then see one that I just have to have! These cookies look fabulous…love the flavor of lemon…very pretty!

  26. Can you make these without being crinkly? I prefer a smooth cookie.

    1. I never tried, but maybe without the powdered sugar coating they will bake smoother.


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