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Lemon Doodle Cookies

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Cookies
Servings: 3 dozen
Author: Barbara Schieving


  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon emulsion optional
  • cup Lemonhead candies finely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons yellow sanding sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in lemon zest and lemon emulsion if using. Add flour mixture; mix at low speed until well combined.
  • In a small bowl, mix together crushed lemonheads and yellow sugar.
  • Roll dough into 1″ balls, then roll in sugar mixture. Place 2″ apart on parchment-lined cookie sheets and bake for 10 - 12 minutes until cookie is set and bottoms start to brown. Remove to a wire cooling rack. 


High altitude adjustments – ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 ¼ cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 ¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons flour