As if we really needed more sunshine in our lives.

Not to be boring/cliche/totally inane. But this whole Florida-weather-in-New-York thing? Totally over it.

Sometimes I go outside and it’s so humid that I can’t even tell whether it’s raining or not. Except for the sun. Beaming. Unapologetically.

Either that or you’ll go from torrential downpour on one side of the street to bright blue skies on the other.

What am I even supposed to do with that?


My point being that these cookies taste a little bit like sunshine to me. Of the chewy variety. And if you feel that you have over-saturated your sun quota for the day just by thinking about going outside, I totally get you.

But if you have even a smidgen of sun tolerance left in you, I implore you to make these. They come together so fast, don’t require even a single ounce of chilling, and are just so lemony chewy delicious that they’ll make your heart melt. Right along with your non-heatproof eyeliner. So that’s good.

The.Boy claimed that they were identical to the lemon rosemary shortbread I made a few weeks ago and when I tried to explain to him that those were crispy and these were, well, the opposite, he had no idea what I was talking about. Exasperating.

One similarity the two cookies do have is that I made them both for The Leftovers Club, which is this crazy fun blogger event whereby bloggers are paired up and send each other some of the “leftover” goodies that they don’t want to be stuck eating for a week on end.  This month, I was paired with Colleen of Souffle Bombay who I had the pleasure of meeting at Eat.Write.Retreat this year! When she told me she loved lemony treats, these cookies immediately came to mind as I had pinned them ages ago and still hadn’t gotten around to making them. In return, she sent me S’mores in a Jar which I am thrilled about because we are big s’mores fans around here.  To see what everyone made and exchanged, check out the links below the recipe!


One year ago…Pasta with Garlic Scapes Pesto, Sugar Snap Peas and Ricotta
Two years ago…Wheat Berry Salad with Zucchini and Mozzarella
Three years ago…Strawberry Shortcake Cake
Four years ago…Chocolate Agave Cake with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

Lemon Crinkle Cookies {#TheLeftoversClub}
Bright and sunny lemon sugar cookies.
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ cups flour
  1. Heat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  3. Mix in the vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the salt, baking soda, baking powder, and flour. Pour into the rest of the batter and stir until just combined.
  5. Scoop cookie dough onto baking sheets in about 2 tsp rounds, leaving about 1 inch in-between cookies.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool 3 minutes before moving to a wire rack.
adapted from Let's Dish
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie



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71 Responses to Lemon Crinkle Cookies {#TheLeftoversClub}

  1. Foodycat says:

    Lemony cookies – can’t really get better than that! And your presentation is so pretty!

  2. These sound fabulous. Chewy and lemony!

  3. When I was in Columbus last week it was as hot as it was in Memphis! I did not enjoy it. However, Memphis has been having the most mild summer since I’ve lived here (6 years) and I love every minute of our not over 100 degree weather.

  4. london bakes says:

    A colleague was in NYC last week and all she could talk about was the crazy weather; I definitely could not deal with that level of humidity. I think I’ll take my sunshine in the form of these delicious looking cookies instead!

  5. Steph says:

    These sound so refreshing! Perfect little summer cookie!

  6. Suzanne says:

    Lemon is such a lovely flavour! I love it with blueberries too!

  7. Amy says:

    The heat. Talk to the hand. Apparently I live in Arizona. Although, I don’t. Can I freeze these cookies? And stick them on my forehead?

  8. SallyBR says:

    They look awesome, loved the photos! (and almost spilled coffee over the keyboard with the “exasperating” remark)

    Hope you had a great 4th of July….

  9. I love the little bags you have for your cookies! Your cookies look delish and so simple!

  10. Debbie says:

    These look absolutely refreshing… the pretty!

  11. I am definitely making these soon!

  12. What a great idea! Different and delicous looking. Beautiful pics too!

  13. daphne says:

    Sunshine is always welcomed- just not a heat wave! LOL But these little lemon goodness will lift up anyone’s day for sure. it’s amazing what one have in their pantry for leftover days!

  14. Clearly, you and I need to be paired up. Because lemon = my favorite thing!

  15. Lemon cookies are definitely like sunshine. Happy Friday!

  16. Edible sunshine? I’ll take a dozen, please!

  17. Jessie says:

    This is one of those times I’m glad I’m not on the East coast anymore – you guys have been getting the heat and humidity like crazy! These bits (bites?) of sunshine look so delicious, though, and perfect to brighten any day 🙂

  18. Oh, wow, I can’t wait to make these. We love lemon, and chewy sold me on the recipe. What a fun club to belong to!

  19. Sorry but I just love the heat! Only because I can spend my time in the pool…lol! These cookies sound like a ray of sunshine. I would love to have one or three 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  20. I would love a cookie that tastes like sunshine! 🙂 Lemon flavor really does seem to bring joy to people, I think!

  21. Beth says:

    What beautiful cookies! She is a lucky woman to receive these as leftovers.

  22. these sound so good, i love citrus flavours. and the bags are beautiful!

  23. Sorry you are having such sucky weather. These cookies certainly seem like a nice pick me up though!

  24. Dining Alone says:

    We have been unusually humid here in the desert too, and it stinks. These cookies look tasty!

  25. Gwen says:

    Nope, no more tolerance for the sun here! It’s been record breaking heat for 2 weeks here in Phoenix. :[
    I would like some lemony cookies tho.

  26. The weather here is basically the same– until this week and I’m totally convinced that it is monsoon season. FORREAL. I needed some sunshine!! These cookies are adorable. And sunshiney. And lemony. And sweet.

  27. I really enjoy citrus desserts in summer, no matter how much sunshine I’m getting. Chewy lemon cookies? Bring it on!

  28. Oh these look fantastic! You had me at the mention of lemon. Lemon cookies = faublouslness!

  29. Patsy K says:

    I love that these are chewy cookies instead of crispy… although that could be more dangerous as I might not share with anyone if I make them!

  30. How fun! These definitely bring me sunshine! 🙂

  31. I love lemon anything, but have never even tried a lemon cookie! This looks like a perfect, chewy, drop of deliciousness!

  32. Nessa says:

    So simple and so delicious!

  33. i love the simplicity of these cookies! i am a little sick of the sun, but it’s ok… i can deal with lemon cookies!

  34. nicely done girl.
    if you start using food props then I’m going to have too.
    I swear I don’t know how bloggers afford some props.

  35. Haha, not sure what it is like in NYC right now but it sounds an awful like my new reality in Houston. HOT HOT HOT and HUMID! 🙂

  36. G’day! I have always wanted to make crinkle cookies, true!
    Based on your post today, I have put them (again) on my list to do! Thank you!
    Cheers! Joanne

  37. That Girl says:

    So one of my clients was complaining about how he’s never been to NYC. His mother and I were telling him how summer in New York is hotter than anywhere else, because of the crowds of people, but also all the amazing things New York has to offer in the summer.

  38. Kari says:

    It’s winter here, so…these are perfect. Completely so 🙂

  39. Tandy says:

    I could have a plate of those right now 🙂

  40. Johanna GGG says:

    what is it about lemons and sunshine – they do seem synonymous – I am not a huge lemon fan but we don’t have that much sunshine here right now and the thought of a sunny biscuit is quite tempting

  41. OohLookBel says:

    I love simple cookies and these sunshiney lovelies are just what I need (so much rain here I’ve grown fins!).

  42. I have never had a lemon crinkle….these cookies look so beautiful, Joanne.

  43. These sound delicious, Joanne. I’ll have to try them. Have a great weekend. Blessings…MAry

  44. Barbara says:

    I adore lemony cookies and these look perfect. Nice and tart.
    You think you’re humid? Try Florida. A wall of heat and humidity when you walk outside.

  45. These cookies do look like sunshine! But I love summer and am enjoying the weather, even if it’s a little humid where I live too.

  46. Christine says:

    Totally get the sunshine quota overload. We’ve been in the upper 90’s+ for weeks. These cookies look so good. Just picked up a bag of lemons at TJ’s, maybe cookies and lemonade?

  47. Monica says:

    I’m smiling. I love lemon-flavored things and these cookies look ideal for this crazy hot weather.

  48. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh man do I agree with you! This humidity is just awful, I can’t handle it! These cookies, on the other hand, are wonderful 🙂 I love lemon!

  49. your lemon cookies look AMAZING Joanne!

  50. Anything with lemon gets a thumbs-up in my book! This looks yummy Joanne. Thank you for sharing this with us. 🙂

  51. Mmmm…chewy sunshine is my favorite kind of sunshine ;). These may be the perfect cookie – and your pix are so bright and sunny, they make me feel good instantly.

  52. Mmmm, lemon cookies are such a perfect summer treat! Pinning and keeping to make soon!

  53. Thanks so much for sending me these delicious, light and refreshing cookies Joanne! They were a hit!!

  54. These lemon cookies look absolutely perfect !

  55. Ashley says:

    I discovered my love for lemon crinkle cookies last year. Seriously. So. Freaking. Good.

  56. I’ve read about your weather! We went from cold, windy and rainy to hot and humid this weekend too.

    These do look so delicious and refreshing for a hot day and I do LOVE lemon!

  57. Yummy! Thanks for stopping by.

  58. Eileen says:

    Yay, cookies! I hear you on the horrendous heat. It’s finally broken a bit here–hope your temps go down soon too!

  59. Chaya Selig says:

    These look so light and perfect for tea of coffee, in my case.

  60. Sippity Sup says:

    This yellow and white thing is positively Dior! GREG

  61. Cathleen says:

    Wow, I would love to eat one, two,..ten of these, they look so good!

  62. Beautifully sunny and cheery cookies, Joanne! I wish you cooler weather VERY soon. Humidity and heat just kills me too. xo

  63. I absolutely LOVE lemon crinkle cookies! They are one of my favorites and are a perfect summer cookie. Love the striped bag, too.

  64. grace says:

    it’s amazing what a touch of lemon can do!

  65. Easy recipe and I am in a lemony mood too, great timing for your cookies Joanne!

  66. This summer has been sooo intense! And while I’m skipping the sunshine outdoors (not compatible with a 10 week old it turns out…), I could totally go for these cookies (which, I agree, are definitely different than your shortbread cookies!)

  67. I definitely crave fruity desserts in this heat – even if they’re in cookie form! Looks delicious!

  68. Reeni Pisano says:

    Sweet chewy sunshine makes me happy! Lemon flavored cookies are the best!

  69. Lynn says:

    Those cookies just look like sunshine!

  70. The Boy not understanding the difference between the cookies totally cracks me up. And yes I know exactly why they are different–not to mention the lack of rosemary! I am pinning now because I am a lemon baked good fiend. YUM

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