Welcome to another edition of the Cookie of the Month Club. Can you guess what the special ingredient is for this month? Yep, you got it! The lovely lemon... this citrus fruit adds brightness to every dish and dessert it touches. Lemon Crackle Cookies are my contribution this month.
I was able to make them just in time for my parents' extended stay when my dad had his knee replacement surgery here in town. It was a fun treat to present to my mom, who goes crazy for anything lemon flavored. These little cookies did not disappoint.
They were light, slightly crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside... everything that a lemon cookie should be.
Lemon Crackle Cookies
(makes about 3 dozen)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. lemon zest (half that amount if you just want a light lemon flavor)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted for rolling the cookies.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with baking mat or parchment paper.
Mix together dry ingredients (salt, baking powder, soda and flour) and set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in egg, lemon juice, zest and vanilla extract, beating until combined. Scrape down the bowl and slowly add in the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
Pour powdered sugar into a shallow dish. Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, portion out 30-36 cookie dough balls. Roll into ball shape and then roll into powdered sugar. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets, allowing enough room for the cookies to spread. If dough is too sticky when rolling into balls, dust your hands with powdered sugar first.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden. Remove from oven and allow to rest on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Can be stored in airtight container.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! A couple of my Cookie of the Month Club members are posting their lemon cookies today too... check them out when you get a chance!
Jen's Favorite Cookies ~ Italian Lemon Drop Cookies
Crumb: A Food Blog ~ Strawberry Lemonade Madeleines
Tastes of Lizzy T ~ Bakery Style Sugar Cookies
Cookie Dough & Oven Mitts ~ Lemon Meringue French Macarons
Kelli's Kitchen ~ Lemonade Cookies
Do you have a favorite lemon dessert? Need a little inspiration? How about these?