Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Sometimes the heart wants, what the heart wants. And sometimes, what the heart wants is a big delicious sugary lemon crinkle cookie and you just have to go with it. Around Christmas, when we’re all on holidays, I love nothing more than baking with the kids. Getting my mixer out and churning out a few O’Leary favourites is a must, which the kids are always up for. These cookies look nice don’t they? Looks can be deceiving though, as they aren’t just nice, they are dance inducing delicious. So I’m just going to leave this recipe here and what you choose to do with, well that’s on you!

Lemon Crinkle Cookies, baking with the kids
Lemon Crinkle Cookies


120g butter
200g sugar
190g plain flour
40g icing sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 egg (beaten)
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line two baking trays with grease proof paper and grease well. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the softened butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
    Next add the beaten egg, vanilla extract and lemon juice and zest. Mix until well combined.
  3. Then stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda soda and salt. Again mixing until well combined.
  4. Place the icing sugar in a bowl. Measure a generous teaspoon of the dough and form a ball.
  5. Roll the ball in the icing sugar and place on the baking tray. Repeat this process with the remaining dough, ensuring to leave plenty of space between the dough balls on the tray as the cookies will spread when cooking.
  6. Place in the oven for 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking tray, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Baking with the kids is a great way to do an activity together which gives them an appreciation of food preparation from an early age. At 2, Luke is already able to beat an egg, sieve flour and grease the pans for me! On a rainy day or a quiet morning at home, I find baking is a lovely way to spend some quality time together.

Looking for some other baking inspiration? Try these sugar cookies which are always a winner with little ones.


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