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Lemon Crinkles

Wishing all of our American friends 
a happy Thanksgiving Day!

If you like ginger snaps, or ginger crinkles as some like to call them, you will probably like this wonderful lemony twist.. This is a small recipe, quick to make and no decorating needed.

  • 1/2 cup butter, soft
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp lemon Jello crystals
  • 1 egg
  • fine zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
coating: (place separately into small bowls)
  • 1/4 cups sugar mixed with 1 Tbsp lemon Jello crystals
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar (confectioners)
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease 1 large or 2 medium cookie sheets.
  2. In mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and lemon crystals until creamy.
  3. Stir lemon zest, vanilla and egg in well.
  4. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir into wet.
  5. Scoop dough out by teaspoon and roll into 1 inch balls. 
  6. Roll each cookie first in lemon sugar and then in icing sugar. 
  7. Place with a bit of spreading room on prepared baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 10 - 11 minutes or until soft and crackly, just barely starting to turn golden. If not sure, check the underneath. When out of the oven, slam cookie sheet down once (on heat resistant surface) to made them fall slightly. 
  9. Cool. Dust with more icing sugar if desired just before serving. Yield 24 - 30 medium size cookies. 
  10. Keep in covered container in cool place or freeze. 
Tip: Using light colored (aluminum) baking sheets helps to keep light colored cookies from burning. 
If using dark colored sheets, place foil under sheet on rack OR cook on rack placed higher than center of oven. 


  1. Thank you for your recipe. I love this blog and enjoy trying different recipes. For this recipe regarding the lemon jello crystals, do you need 3T for the cookies and 1T for the sprinkles or is it 3T total 1 for sprinkles and 2 for the dough? I suppose it's flexible but I'm curious. Thanks again. Especially for the Sunday moments. I never tire of those.

    1. Yes, I have the recipe listed that way (4 Tbsp all together) but you can do less if you like. You can omit the lemon in the coating. I have not always put that in. Just thought I'd try it. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Thanks for the tip about light coloured baking sheets. I would like to use a silicon baking liner. How would this affect the baking?

    1. Chipper, I have not tried baking with silicon liners. I imagine they would be good for cookies.
      Maybe you can let us know.

  3. Those cookies look sooo good! You had me at "lemon" - my favourite. I am printing this recipe.

  4. What are lemon jello crystals? Is this just regular lemon jello? Thanks so much, Jeannie Beck

    1. Yes, regular lemon Jello powder that is used to make jello.


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