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If you love soft, gooey cookies, you’re going to want to try these lemon gooey butter cookies. They’ve got all the deliciousness of a traditional gooey butter cookie, with a refreshing twist from the lemon. These cookies are perfect for springtime gatherings or anytime you need a little pick-me-up. Give them a try, and let me know what you think!

Soft, Chewy, and Tangy: Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

I love anything sour. For me, the citrusy flavor gives any savory or sweet dish a fresh- summery vibe. Lemons are one of the most underrated ingredients in baking. Where in fact, it really does have a significant role and immense contribution to creating one successful dish. 

Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

Baking with Lemons

Having mentioned the role of lemons in baking. I have listed a few ways to incorporate and use your lemons in your kitchen. 

Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

To balance flavors:  Lemon juice may be a fantastic balancing agent in baked foods. We occasionally incorporate lemon juice or cookies to neutralize the sweet flavor profile of cookies.

To enhance fresh fruit flavors: Adding lemon juice to our fruit pie filling gives that extra boost of flavors. Your apple pie will taste more fruity and has a more balanced sweetness if you add a little lemon juice to the filling.

To give your baked goods a lift:  Lemon juice contributes to the leavening and tenderizing cakes and other goodies. If you want to make buttermilk, you can add lemon juice to your whole milk and let it sit until it curdles. 

To retain the freshness and color of your fruits: I love using fresh fruits in my baked goods, but we don’t like to see our sliced fruits slowly drying up and getting dark. This is known as oxidation or enzymatic browning. Sliced fruits such as apples, pears, bananas, and peaches can prevent browning by being sprinkled with an acidic juice like lemon juice.

Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies: Your “pick-me-up” anytime dessert!

They have this tangy, delightful citrusy flavor that can easily lift one’s mood. Perfect for everyday snacking or even for parties. These cookies are quick to make and only require a few pantry staples. Plus, they’re always a hit with kids and adults alike. So next time you need that little boost, reach for a delicious lemon gooey butter cookie. Don’t forget to double the batch, so you have a ready stash at home!

Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

Let’s Make it Vegan

Making this cookie recipe vegan only needs a few tweaks and tricks. First, head out to your nearest vegan grocery and look for vegan butter options. You will also need to find a vegan cream cheese substitute. 

As for the egg, you can follow this recipe below: 

Replace 1 egg with: Mix 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed in 3 tablespoons water until thick and gelatinous.

Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

Have you ever had a lemon gooey butter cookie? If not, you're in for a treat! These cookies are made with lemons, butter, and sugar - and they're insanely delicious. Trust me; once you try one of these cookies, you'll definitely be hooked. So go ahead and preheat your oven now and let's get baking!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 32 pcs
Calories 91 kcal


Wet Mix

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Dry Mix

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar divided into two
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder


  • Cream the butter, cream cheese, lemon juice, and zest in a large bowl.
  • When the mixture is silky, add the sugar. Then gradually incorporate the eggs, lemon extract, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  • Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar in a different mixing bowl.
  • That's when you can gradually add all the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Continue to mix until smooth.
  • Refrigerate the cookie dough for 30 minutes while it is wrapped in plastic.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees once the dough has been refrigerated. Meanwhile, use parchment paper to cover a baking sheet.
  • Form a ball out of the cookie dough by scooping two tablespoons at a time. Roll each ball in the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar until fully coated.
  • Bake the cookie balls for 11 to 13 minutes, spreading them out on the baking sheet.
  • Before serving, let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack.


It is always advised to work on room-temperature ingredients. Softened and room-temperature ingredients will help the dough or cake batter blend perfectly, whereas cold ingredients can turn your batter into a curdled, lumpy mess.


Calories: 91kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 1gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 80mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Butter cookies, cookies, lemon gooey
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To Wrap It All Up 

This recipe is a great way to change up your usual cookie routine. The sweet and tangy flavors of these Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies create a melt-in-your-mouth goodness that will have you hooked on the first bite. So what are you waiting for? Grab those aprons, and let’s get baking! We can’t wait to see (and taste) your results!

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