lemon crinkle cookies and lemon coconut cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cookie and Lemon Coconut Cookie

I’ve been posting a lot of lime treats lately (like the key lime coconut cake and the cornmeal lime cookies), but the truth is, my love of tart desserts began with lemon and not lime, so I figured it was about time I posted something lemony.  These cookies have been making their way around pinterest and when I first saw them, I knew I had to make them.

Zesting Lemon

One of the reviews on Tasty Kitchen said that they used coconut instead of powdered sugar and I was intrigued by the idea. I was having dinner at a friends’ house and it seemed like the perfect time to test it out. I made the dough and coated half in powdered sugar as the recipe calls for, and the rest in sweetened flaked coconut. We had an amazing dinner with a ton of food, but I insisted that everyone to at least try both variations.

Lemon Crinkle Dough Ball

Lemon Coconut Dough Ball

The general consensus was that the original lemon crinkle was the winner. The lemon shone through more purely, while some people didn’t even realize that the coconut cookies were also lemon. I liked both cookies and think they both have their place. The coconut adds a nice and complimentary flavor while also adding some nice chewy texture. If you’re as big of a lemon fan as I am (and apparently my friends), you might want to add more lemon so that the lemon can shine through the coconut.  Or, just stick with the plain unadulterated lemon cookie!

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Although, I have to be honest, I didn’t think the recipe had enough lemon in it, so I upped the ante. Personally, I’m not interested in a cookie that has a hint of lemon, I want it to scream lemon. I increased the amount of zest and lemon juice, with the changes reflected below. If you’re less inclined towards the super lemon, dial it down a bit, or just coat them in coconut.

Lemon Coconut Cookies


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