Lemon Twinkle Cookies


about 2½ dozen cookies

Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cook Time:

14 minutes



About this Recipe

Recipe from Set for the Holidays
Appetite for Random House, 2018

These look very much like crinkle cookies but are rolled in decorator’s or sanding sugar before baking. They have a festive twinkle, as the light reflects the sparkling sugar. You’ll definitely have a twinkle in your eye after eating one, too.


  • ½ cup (115 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (65 g) icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) lemon juice
  • 2 oz (60 g) white couverture/baking chocolate, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups (225 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp (15 g) cornstarch
  • ½ tsp (2.5g) baking soda
  • ½ tsp (1.5 g) baking powder
  • White decorator’s sugar, or granulated sugar, for rolling

NOTES: You can store these baked cookies for up to 5 days in an airtight container at room temperature. Or scoop the dough and freeze the cookies on a baking tray without rolling them in sugar first. Once frozen, pack them into an airtight container and store for up to 3 months. To bake, let the frozen cookies thaw on a baking tray for about 20 minutes before rolling them in sugar and putting them in the oven.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C) and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and both sugars by hand or using electric beaters on medium. Beat in the egg yolks, vanilla, and lemon zest, then the lemon juice. (If the mixture looks a little curdled, sift 1/2 cup/75g of the flour into the mixture to smooth it out.) Stir in the melted white chocolate.

Step 3

In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and baking powder together. Add all at once to the butter mixture and mix by hand or on low speed until combined (the dough will be soft but manageable for scooping).

Step 4

Use a small ice cream scoop or 2 teaspoons to shape the dough into balls. Roll the balls in the sugar to coat thoroughly and arrange them on the baking trays, 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Press down gently on them with the palm of your hand.

Step 5

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until a cookie can be gently lifted from the tray. Carefully smack the tray down on the counter to deflate the cookies (for the crinkle effect). Let cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.