I completely support the notion that there is a time and a place for lemon desserts.

Breaking up with the love of you life? Not that time Or that place. Trust me.

Rear ending someone on the freeway because you were texting while driving? Deffffinitely not that time. And stop that. Seriously. !!!

Wiped your iPhone clean while attempting the dumb update? That calls for cheesecake. Not lemon cheesecake, FYI.

Dreamed about eating the leftover pizza for lunch only to find that your husband chewed it as a midnight snack? I hear m&m’s and quesadillas take the sting off nicely. And I think you should pinch his nose while he’s asleep tonight to wake him up. Funny haha…

Things like blowing an interview, leaving one of your favorite stilettos (it’s real life here people) in a hotel room 1000 miles away, losing an awesome earring and stubbing your toe do not require yellow citrus. Believe this. Those are like feed me chocolate plus peanut butter with an oreo crust and whipped cream on top and sprinkle Heath bars on it and give me seconds, err, I mean thirds kind of situations.

But apparently? Returning home from a weekend trip that was consumed with insane desserts only to be followed by two birthdays does call for lemon desserts. Especially when you really don’t need any desserts at all but for some freaky reason crave lemon. And no, I’m not knocked up people.


Psssst. Janetha gave me this schtuff. I used it. I loved it.

Psssst. I love her.

Lemon dessert thingies just don’t do emotional eating and cravings any justice. At least not serious justice.

If all the desserts in the world were made out of lemons, well… first I would cry, but then I would buy skinny jeans because I would always be able to stop after one piece, one bite or one slice.

This picture really looks like I stopped at one bite, huh?

I know.

Seriously though, I gotta be in the mood for something lemony. I’d like to say the same about limes, but I’m always in the mood for four margaritas, so lemon stands alone. I find it refreshing, light and a nice, but not too nice, change from the traditional five thousand pounds of chocolate that find their way into my cookies, brownies, pies and every possible dessert that crawls out of my kitchen.

I can’t help it. ohmygoshilovethesethings.

Chewy Lemon Cookies

[adapted from giant rainbow cookies]

makes about 18 cookies

2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 stick ( 1/2 cup) of unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest/rind

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Mix flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.

In a large bowl, add cooled, melted butter and whisk sugar into it until smooth. Add in egg and egg yolk, mixing to combine, then whisk in vanilla and lemon extracts, lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir in dry ingredients, mixing until a dough forms. If needed, use your hands to create the dough (I did).

Using an ice cream spoon, scoop the dough into golf-ball sized balls and place on a baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until middle is just set an edges are slightly golden.

Now somebody give me a Snickers.

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207 Responses to “Chewy Lemon Cookies.”

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    Rachel — September 8, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    I have a batch of these finishing up in my oven right now and they are amazing…I’m turning them into lemon sandwich cookies with homemade raspberry preserves and the results are spectacular. Great recipe!


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    Rick — October 18, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

    i made this one. it’s baking now. But I think I have underestimated the extent the dough will rise in the oven. I’m watching the cookies now very anxiously because they keep getting bigger and start encroaching upon its adjacent cookie’s territory! I just hope it they will not merge into a big, giant, shapeless lemon cookie. lol.


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    XCO — October 20, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

    Hi Jessica!

    I made these cookies, but they never flattened out ): I don’t know what happened… I made your giant m&m cookies before, and they were super soft and chewy! these one ended up kind of doughy. I don’t know what went wrong D: Help!


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    Laurie E. — December 18, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    Could someone like myself put white chocolate chunks in these cookies and still be considered sane? I have been looking for a lemony-white chocolate chip cookie to make this holiday season and haven’t really found a recipe online that seemed worthy. Any thoughts?


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    Kate — January 24, 2015 @ 8:39 am

    The BEST cookie recipe I’ve ever tried
    It’s sweet, soft, chewy and lemony


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    Brooke — April 12, 2015 @ 5:18 am

    I have never left a comment on a recipe before, and believe me, I try ALOT! Anyway, these cookies are absolutely AMAZING! I made them Easter weekend and they hit the spot with EVERYONE! Definitely a keeper. The perfect summertime cookie



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