Crisp Lemon Cookies

Crisp, buttery, yet cholesterol-free, these deliciously simple cookies shine with bright citrus flavor. If you don’t have fresh lemons, use 1⁄2 cup bottled lemon juice and 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon extract instead. Substitute lime, orange, or grapefruit juice for a different twist on the same recipe.

Makes: 36Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 36


  • 1 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 3⁄4 cup olive oil
  • Juice and grated zest of 2 large lemons
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Get out two baking sheets and set aside.
  • Measure flours, sugar, and baking powder into a medium mixing bowl and whisk well to combine. Add remaining ingredients and stir to form a stiff dough.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoons onto the ungreased baking sheets. Place sheets on middle rack in oven and bake 10 minutes, until cookies are pale and have spread out.
  • Remove from oven, cool on baking sheets a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool fully.
  • Serve cooled cookies or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.