Meyer Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe, 1 Points+

by DanicasDaily on March 22, 2012

One of my favorite ingredients in any dessert is Lemon and my favorite type of cookie is a snicker doodle sugar cookie.  Each year my Grandmother grows AMAZING Meyer Lemons and they make me want to bake all things lemon…Lemon bars, lemon cake, lemon bread, lemon cupcakes, lemon COOKIES, you name it!  She grows a lot of lemons and we even freeze the juice as ice cubes to use throughout the year.

Meyer lemons have such vibrant color and smell, yet, they are slightly sweeter than your average lemon.  You can tell the difference at the store because their color is very similar to an orange.


Did any of you ever get those Healthy Meals in Minutes Sample Recipe Cards in the 90’s?  I had a few and a Light Lemon Cookie recipe was one of them.  I LOVED them and have to admit that yes, I have kept them all these years and made them several times over the years. (I am old at the ripe at of 38 you know ;))

Anyway, last year, I knew I wanted to make these cookies with the lemons my grandmother gave me.  I looked high and low for my long, lost recipe card, but, it was no where to be found.  :(

Sooooo….long story short, I developed this recipe based off of what I could remember of the lemon cookies I used to make and my FAVORITE snicker doodle recipe (sans the cinnamon)

The result is just short of AMAZING if you are a lemon person like me.  They are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and you can taste every ingredient from the lemon peel to the butter to the sugar.


Meyer-Lemon Cookies


  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tbsp. grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeeze lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar


1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Combine 3/4 cup sugar and all the remaining ingredients until combine.  If dough is not firm enough, chill 1 hour.

2. Place the 1/4 cup remaining sugar on a plate and set aside.  Form the cookies into 1 inch balls, roll each in sugar and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

3.  Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cool 2 minutes and remove from cookie sheet.

Makes approximately 40 cookies, 1 points+ each

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These are definitely cookies I do not feel guilty about having more than one….because, let’s be honest, who eats just ONE cookie?! 😀

Today I climbed over 40 stories thanks to my co-worker’s scheduling meetings 8 floors down!  I have decided going down is SO EASY but going up not so much. 

I will catch up with you all tomorrow with the details of this week’s Wordless Wednesday and a quick daily. 

Night all!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

liz May 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm

citrusy desserts are always my favorite and snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie so you can imagine how much drool is pooling up below me now! these sound and look amazing. yum yum yum.


Jenn May 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm


I shocked to hear you are 36!!! Don’t look it at all!!!!!


Melissa S. May 11, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Oh man…i wonder if you could do those like, key lime pie style? that would be delishhhhh!!!


Lynn (The Actors Diet) May 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm

aaah! i forgot – i had a meyer lemon in my fridge from last week’s farmers market in the fridge!


tj May 12, 2010 at 7:40 am

I think I can smell them from here! :) YUM!


kate May 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I just found out that Meyer lemons existed but Ive been looking for a great recipe to use them in. These sounds fab. And you look amazing for being 36, I had no idea (not that 36 is old :) ).


Elina May 14, 2010 at 7:59 am

I LOVE baked goods with lemon… especially in the summer. I need to find me some meyer lemons. I’ve never actually used them before.


janetha May 14, 2010 at 9:42 am

cookies are worse than lay’s potato chips.. you CANT eat just one!

bookmarked this one. i love fruity treats over chocolatey ones.


Amy March 26, 2011 at 7:23 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE lemon. I was so disappointed when I tried the Lemon Mousse snack bar from WW. WAY WAY too sweet. blech! And I LOVE that this recipe makes 40 cookies! Still leaves 9 weekly points over! LOL!!!! thanks Danica! Can’t wait to try (although I may have to wait a bit for some Meyer lemons in New England.)


Vicki March 26, 2011 at 8:06 am

These look so yummy! I will be making these soon. Lemon treats are so fun for spring/summer. I have to agree that with cookies – you can never eat just one 😉


Judy March 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

I don’t know what it is about your photograph of the cookies, but….it’s making my mouth water!


Adara March 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Have a batch in the oven right now!!


Cecilia March 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm

A great recipe to add to my collection! We also have a Meyer Lemon tree and I’m always on the prowl for new recipes! Now if there was a way to make lemon curd healthier!


AJ May 3, 2011 at 6:01 am

Made these Lemon Sugar cookies this morning with just regular lemons… delicious! Great with a hot beverage in the morning! Thanks!


Claudia DellaRipa May 8, 2011 at 8:51 am

We went to make these last night for our Mom’s this morning and the recipe calls for 1 1 1/2 of white whole wheat flour???? We assumed cup???? You may want to fix that but we did the mix and it tasted good but however do that we started so late we have to continue this morning. We didn’t read that we had to let it sit and it was already 10:15 at night. Hee hee.


DanicasDaily May 9, 2011 at 7:34 am

HI Claudia,

Thanks so much for letting me know I left the cups part off. I fixed it. I LOVE those cookies, hope you all enjoyed them too.



Josie March 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I should and Ed and said I HAVE to make these for him! Snickerdoodles are his favorite cookies and he loves anything lemon… guess I need to find Meyer lemons I think TJ’s has em!


Martha@ Simple Nourished Living March 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm

These cookies look wonderful. Homemade cookies are a favorite. I love that most reasonable sized cookies allow you to satisfy sweet cravings with minimal points. Since lemons are everywhere here in Phoenix right now, I’m planning to try these soon.


Life's a Bowl March 23, 2012 at 7:52 am

I loveee most anything citrus, especially during the warmer months- so refreshing! I feel silly for not knowing there are different varieties of lemons… There are tons of different apples, oranges, etc. but I thought a lemon is a lemon 😛


Josie March 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I made them today!! OMG so good!!


Lisa January 17, 2013 at 2:56 pm

new reader…YAY:) Did you use salted or unsalted butter?


DanicasDaily February 2, 2013 at 10:09 am

Hi Lisa,

Welcome! I use salted butter, but, either would work.



Laurie March 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm

These cookies are fantastic! So delicious! Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, tons of flavor, big hit with everybody who ate them. I blogged them here. Thanks so much for the excellent recipe!


Nan January 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm

The recipe says it makes about 40 cookies. How many cookies goes on a cookie sheet and how many inches apart?


DanicasDaily January 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Hi Nan,

I typically put 12 cookies at a time about 2 inches apart.




Nan January 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Thank You !


Nan January 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm

What size ice cream scoop would be the correct size to scoop the cookie dough into balls? Looking forward to making the cookies.


DanicasDaily January 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Hi Nan,

I would use a small like melon ball scooper, about 3/4 inch.



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