Lemon Cookies

Lemon Cookies

If, like us, you live in South Africa then you will most likely have a lemon tree in your garden. There comes a point where we have so many lemons that I don’t know what to do with them. These lemon cookies are fun for kids to bake and delicious!

My parents have a huge lemon tree that is one of the most prolific producers I have ever seen. It is almost always full. It also happens to be right next to the trampoline. This has provided Lexi and her cousins with plenty of opportunity for mischief. We have lost many lemons to their mischief but they always get caught out because you can smell that gorgeous citrus juice on them.

So before the kids make mischief with your lemons go out, pick them, and put their little hands to work baking cookies rather!

Lemon Cookies

These lemon cookies have a beautiful, bold flavour that lemon lovers (like us!) will enjoy. They’re soft and chewy and delicious!

Lemon Cookies

Lemon Cookies

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Baking
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cookies


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp lemon extract (I prefer to use 5 drops of lemon essential oil)*
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch (I prefer to use arrowroot powder)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed


  • Combine butter, sugars, egg, and lemon extract and beat on medium speed until creamed, light, fluffy, and well combined.
  • Add the lemon zest and honey and beat until well combined.
  • Add the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda, making the baking soda into a little mound.
  • Add the lemon juice onto the mound of baking soda and let it bubble and foam (this means it has been activated).
  • Beat on slow speed until just combined.
  • Make 12 equal size balls of dough, place them on your baking tray (or a large plate) and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  • Preheat your oven to 180° C.
  • Line a baking sheet and place the dough balls at least 4cm apart.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the edges and tops are set (the cookies will firm up as they cool).
  • Allow the cookies for cool on the baking sheet.


* When using essential oils in cooking make sure that they are food-grade and organic.
Baking unchilled dough will make your cookies thinner, flatter and more prone to spreading.
Keyword baking, chewy cookies, cookies, lemon, lemon cookies, soft cookies

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Lemon Cookies

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