Lemon Burst Cookies are soft, chewy lemon cookies bursting with fresh lemon flavor.  They taste like cake mix cookies but they’re made completely from scratch!

Lemon burst cookies on a white plate

There’s something about lemons that can just perk you right up.  The sunny yellow color and fresh flavor simply brighten any day.

That’s probably why I love using fresh lemon juice and zest so much!  

These Lemon Burst Cookies are appropriately titled, because they’re bursting with lemon flavor.  They’re crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, just the way I like my cookies.  

The powdered sugar exterior adds a sweetness to the tangy lemon flavor that just makes it pop.  It truly doesn’t get any better!

Lemon crinkle cookies on a white plate

Lemon Cookies

I saw these lemon burst cookies recently and knew I needed to try them.  I took them to a party this past weekend where Mexican food was being served.  I knew I needed to make a citrus dessert after a heavy meal, so it was time to make these soft, chewy lemon cookies. 

The cookies turned out beautifully and they tasted even better.  Needless to say, they were a huge hit at the party. 🙂

If you love lemon desserts the way I do, try my lemon curd, kourabiedes, lemon donuts and mini lemon cheesecakes!

Lemon crinkle cookies on a white plate

Many lemon cookie recipes are made from a cake mix, but I prefer to make my recipes completely from scratch.  Cake mixes are full of preservatives, and it really doesn’t take much longer to measure out a few ingredients.

What I love about these lemon cookies is that they have the texture of cake mix cookies, but they’re homemade.  The recipe is incredibly easy, and the end result is impressive.

Time to get baking. 🙂

Stack of lemon burst cookies

Yield: 2 dozen good sized cookies!

Lemon Burst Cookies

Lemon Burst Cookies

Lemon Burst Cookies are soft, chewy lemon cookies bursting with fresh lemon flavor.  They taste like cake mix cookies but they're made completely from scratch!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar, for rolling


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and lemon zest together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla, and beat just until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl, and beat on low speed just until combined. Do not over beat. The dough will be sticky, so chill it for about 30 minutes.
  3. Once the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, form the dough into a ball as much as possible, and roll it in the powdered sugar, covering it completely. Place the balls of dough on the cookie sheets spacing them 2" inches apart. Bake one sheet at a time on the middle rack of the oven for 12-14 minutes, or until the middle is completely set. Cool on a wire rack. Cookies can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature.


Recipe adapted from Crunchy Creamy Sweet.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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