Life’s Lemon Cookies

I am almost certain that we’ve all heard the saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” If you haven’t heard the saying then rejoice because you’re probably living a very charmed existence! Nonetheless, there are periods in your life that only serve to try and make you a bitter person. These times are the times were life has handed you lemon and you have to decide what you’re going to do with that lemon.

One. You could just eat the lemon. Don’t look at me all weird. Some people relish a sour taste. They enjoy and thrive on it, and good on them. We all handle situations differently. But for those of us who find ourselves recoiling at the asperity of a lemon fear not there are infinite ways to take you lemon and make it into something to savour.

Two. The opposite of sour is sweet. And what better way to combat a sour taste then adding a liberal dosing of the sweet side of life. There is always something to be grateful for in your life and you should always seek to apply that to make any sour situation better. Things will get difficult and things will get tough but a positive outlook and perseverance always prevails in the end.

So you have lemons. Which by themselves are an excellent source of Vitamin C. However so is an orange, and an orange is far more palatable. but you could always slice the lemon and use it as natural flavouring in water. You could use it in a cake and make one hell of a delicious pound cake. If you drink then a Lemon Drop cocktail may be right up your alley. The list goes to infinity and beyond. Personally there is no greater comfort food than cookies. I have already made a number of posts about cookies but I am a cookie monster and I most certainly do not need help with that. So when I do find myself with a lemon you can bet your bottom dollar that I am going to find some way of making cookies out of it.

So grab those lemons and lets make some cookies out of them.

Prep time 15 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours or overnight
Cook time approximately 15 minutes
Makes approximately 16-18 cookies (depending on size)

Lemon Recipe


1 lemon, juiced and zested
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp cornstarch
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cups caster sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
Icing sugar for dusting

Lemon Recipe

Start by lining two baking trays with baking parchment.

  1. Sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the lemon zest (about 1 tablespoon’s worth) and 1/2 a cup of sugar until it forms a uniformed mixture.
  3. With an electric whisk, whisk together this lemon-sugar, with the remaining sugar, and add the butter a little at time until the mixture is of a creamy texture.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla extract to the sugar mixture and carry on whisking until combined.
  5. Half a cup at a time add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and beat until completely incorporated. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  6. Before you remove your mixture from the fridge, preheat your over to 350°F/180°c. Dust your hands with some flour and roll out an inch wide ball with the cookie dough placing them 2 inches apart on your baking tray flattening them with the palm of your hand slightly.
  7. Place in oven and cook until golden, approximately 10-15minutes depending on the heat of your oven.
  8. Remove and leave to cool on rack for a few minutes. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm!

Lemon Cookie Recipe

Lemon Cookie Recipe

Enjoy. These cookies are wonderfully light and fluffy, and they practically melt in your mouth. They can be stored in an air tight container for up to 5 days. Remember if life gives you lemons you can make that lemon into anything you want. So if you try this recipe I would love to see what you’ve baked so send me pictures of your bake on Instagram @cakesthebiscuit or on Twitter @cakes_biscuit hashtag #cakesthebiscuit.

9 comments on “Life’s Lemon Cookies

  1. These look great!! I was wondering if I could make it without the cornstarch and baking powder, but instead use baking soda? Also, do I have to roll the dough or just flatten a dough ball with my palm and place on tray?


    • Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂 I’ve never deviated from this recipe in terms of baking powder vs baking soda, however I would recommend using buttermilk instead of regular milk if you are going to use baking soda instead. It’ll help remove a little of the tautness.
      As for the shaping of the cookies you can just press them gently with your palms, they will naturally flatten out in the oven there is no need to roll them with a rolling pin 🙂 PLease let me know how these turn out for you please tag me on Instagram @cakesthebiscuit


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