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Easy Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 24


  • 1 8- ounce package softened cream cheese
  • 1 stick ½ cup butter, softened
  • cups granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon natural yellow food coloring optional, you can find natural food color on Amazon
  • 1 large egg AND 1 additional egg yolk
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar for rolling & dusting cookie dough


  • Cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in sugar, salt lemon zest, lemon juice, food coloring and salt; mix until fully combined and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  • Add egg and second yolk and beat in well until creamy. (Another 1-2 minutes)
  • Whisk flour and baking soda together in a small bowl to incorporate.
  • On low speed, gradually add flour mixture and mix until just fully incorporated. The dough will be sticky. Cover work bowl and refrigerate 1-2 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Ready confectioners/powdered sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, being sure each scoopful is similar in amount (so they bake up evenly) and place on baking sheet.
  • Roll each scoop of dough into a ball using your hands, then roll in the confectioners’ sugar to lightly coat.
  • Place dough balls back onto the baking sheet, allowing for an inch between each
  • Bake until cookies <g class="gr_ gr_75 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="75" data-gr-id="75">are</g> puffed and crackly, about 13-14 minutes.
  • The cookies will still be soft in the centers. If they start to brown around the edges, they have baked too long.
  • Allow cookies to sit for 5 minutes, then gently transfer to a cooling rack until completely cool.
  • Store in an airtight container/jar for up to a week.
  • Dust cookies with a small amount of additional confectioners’ sugar prior to serving if you choose.