Chewy Lemon Crinkle Cookies

These Lemon Crinkle Cookies are unbelievably moist and chewy with a perfectly crispy outside and filled with zesty citrus in every bite. Rolled in powdered sugar for a delightfully sweet and citrus blend. 

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
4 from 3 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 110 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. 

  2. In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

  3. In a stand-up mixer, with the paddle attachment, beat together vegan butter, sugar, and lemon zest (if using) on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add apple sauce, lemon juice, and vanilla extract, scraping down the sides as necessary. Mix until fully combined. Turn the speed to low and slowly add dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

  4. Place the rolling granulated sugar and powdered sugar into two shallow bowls. Roll one rounded tablespoon of dough into a ball. Toss it in granulated sugar until completely coated and then cover it in powdered sugar. Place the cookie on the baking sheet. Repeat until all the cookies are rolled. Bake cookies for 10 minutes until edges are firm. The cookies will be light in color and should look a bit underdone. They will continue to cook when cooling. 

  5. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack to allow cookies to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes
  1. Pull cookies out when they are slightly underdone. I found 10 minutes to be the perfect baking time. They will continue to harden as they cool, giving you a crispy outside with a deliciously fudgy and chewy center.
  2. Stored cooking in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Raw dough can also be frozen for up to 2 months.
  3. Vegan white chocolate chips make a great addition to this cookie. You can buy them online here.
Nutrition Facts
Chewy Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 67mg3%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.