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Delightfully Chewy Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies

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Sweet, tangy, and irresistibly delicious, these vegan Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth while catering to dietary needs.

Gluten-free lemon cookies with icing on a cooling rack.

You’ll love the delightful blend of tangy lemon and sweet flavors, coupled with the chewy, comforting texture that makes each bite a joy. Ideal for everything from cozy afternoons to festive gatherings, these cookies are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Gluten-free lemon cookies on a cooling rack with orange slices.

💛 Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Gluten-Free Goodness: This gluten-free lemon cookie recipe is a dream come true for anyone following a gluten-free diet, without sacrificing taste or texture.
  • Vegan and Dairy-Free: These lemon cookies are made without any dairy or eggs, making them a great option for anyone following a dairy-free or vegan diet as well.
  • Lemon Lovers’ Delight: Packed with fresh lemon juice and zest, these gluten-free lemon crinkle cookies offer a burst of bright, citrusy flavor in every bite.
  • Simple Ingredients: Made with everyday gluten-free pantry ingredients like oat flour and tapioca starch, this recipe is as easy as it is delicious.
  • Perfect Texture: Achieve that desirable chewy-yet-crispy texture, which is often hard to find in gluten-free baked goods.
  • Quick Prep Time: From mixing bowl to baking sheet, these cookies come together in no time, making them perfect for busy days.
  • Perfect for Any Occasion: Whether it’s a casual get-together or a special celebration, these lemon cookies are always a hit.
  • Customizable: Feel free to add a personal touch, like a sprinkle of white chocolate chips to suit your taste.
Gluten-free lemon cookies with icing on a cooling rack.

🗒️ Ingredients and Substitutes

Oat Flour: Oat flour is the foundation of our gluten-free lemon cookies. It’s lighter than wheat flour but still gives a hearty texture. If you’re strictly gluten-free, make sure to use certified gluten-free oat flour to avoid any cross-contamination.

Tapioca Starch: This helps to bind the ingredients and adds a bit of chewiness to the cookies. It’s a great gluten-free alternative to traditional thickeners.

Granulated White Cane Sugar: This sweetens the cookies just right. You can substitute it with other granulated sugars, but keep in mind that it might change the final color of the cookies.

Baking Soda & Salt: Baking soda helps the cookies rise and become fluffy, while salt balances the sweetness and enhances the lemon flavor.

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil adds moisture and helps to bind the cookies. You can use refined or unrefined based on your preference for coconut flavor.

Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice & Zest: The stars of the show! Fresh lemon juice and zest give these cookies their signature zesty, tangy flavor. The zest adds an extra punch of lemony goodness.

Vanilla Extract: A dash of vanilla extract adds depth and warmth to the overall flavor profile.

Lemon Glaze: A simple mixture of powdered sugar and lemon juice, this glaze adds a sweet and tangy finish to the cookies.

Lemon cookies with an orange glaze cooling on a rack.

🥣 How to Make Gluten-Free Lemon Crinkle Cookies

A bowl with gluten-free flour, sugar, and a blue spoon.
A bowl of gluten-free flour with a spoon in it, perfect for preparing lemon cookies.
A bowl of gluten-free flour with a spoon in it.
A gluten-free lemon cookie on a white plate.
A bowl filled with a white powder, accompanied by a spoon.
A white bowl with a spoon in it filled with gluten-free lemon cookies.
A bowl of gluten free lemon cookies with a spoon next to it.
Gluten-free lemon icing cookies on a cooling rack.
Gluten free lemon icing cookies on a cooling rack.
  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350℉ (175℃). Line your baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking and set it aside.
  2. In your large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: oat flour, tapioca starch, sugar, baking soda, and salt. 
  3. To the same bowl, add the coconut oil, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Stir until you have a uniform and moist cookie batter
  4. Scoop out rounded tablespoon portions of the cookie dough. Place the cookie dough balls on your prepared baking sheet, spacing them at least one inch apart to allow room for spreading.
  5. Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes. They should be firm on the edges but still soft in the middle. 
  6. While the cookies are baking, mix powdered sugar and lemon juice to create a smooth, tangy glaze.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool for at least 5 minutes before glazing. Drizzle the glaze over the cookies in a zig-zag pattern for a professional touch.
  8. Once the glaze sets, your gluten-free vegan lemon cookies are ready to be enjoyed. They’re perfect as a standalone treat or paired with a cup of tea or coffee.
Gluten-free orange glazed cookies on a cooling rack.
Gluten-free lemon glazed cookies on a cooling rack.

💭 Top Tips

Ingredient Quality: Using fresh, high-quality ingredients is key. Freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest make a significant difference in flavor compared to bottled juice. Similarly, ensure your baking soda and oat flour are fresh for the best texture.

Make Your Own Oat Flour: If you can’t find oat flour in the grocery store, it’s so easy to make your own. All you have to do is blend oats in a food processor or blender until they become a fine powder. Then measure out the oat flour as per the recipe. So easy!

Dough Consistency: The consistency of your cookie dough is crucial. It should be moist but not too sticky. If the dough is too dry, add a little more lemon juice or coconut oil; if too wet, a bit more oat flour can help.

Baking Times: Oven temperatures can vary, so keep an eye on your cookies while they bake. They should be golden around the edges but still soft in the center. This ensures a chewy texture with a slightly crisp edge.

Cooling Time: Gluten-free cookies can be pretty delicate when they are hot and fresh out of the oven. Allow your gluten-free lemon crinkle cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. This helps them set properly without falling apart.

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❓ Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these cookies with a different type of flour?

Yes, you can experiment with other gluten-free flours like almond flour or a gluten-free all-purpose blend. However, this might slightly alter the texture and flavor.

Are these cookies suitable for vegans?

Yes, these are gluten-free vegan lemon cookies, as written in the recipe card. There are no eggs and they are also dairy-free!

How long do these cookies last?

Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, these cookies will last up to a week. In the refrigerator, they can last up to two weeks.

Can I freeze these cookies?

Absolutely! You can freeze the baked cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or gently reheat in the oven for a few minutes.

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Gluten-free lemon cookies with icing on a cooling rack.

Gluten Free Lemon Cookies

Sweet, tangy, and irresistibly delicious, these Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth while catering to dietary needs.
4.98 from 39 votes
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Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
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Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 cup oat flour use certified gluten free if necessary
  • cup tapioca starch
  • cup granulated white cane sugar other granulated sugars can be used but may impact the final color of these cookies
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil refined or unrefined
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest + extra for optional garnish

Lemon Glaze

  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then set it aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat flour, tapioca starch, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  • To the same mixing bowl, add the oil, lemon juice, vanilla, and lemon zest. Mix until a uniform cookie batter forms.
  • Take 12 rounded tablespoon portions of the dough and place them on the prepared baking sheet at least one-inch apart.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, or until the cookies are mostly firm.
  • While the cookies are baking, combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl and mix until you have a smooth white glaze.
  • Allow the cookies to set and cool for at least 5 minutes before glazing.
  • Once the cookies have cooled and firmed up, drizzle the glaze in a zig-zag pattern over the cookies, followed by an optional sprinkle of additional lemon zest. The glaze should set nearly immediately.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Ingredient Quality: Using fresh, high-quality ingredients is key. Freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest make a significant difference in flavor compared to bottled juice. Similarly, ensure your baking soda and oat flour are fresh for the best texture.
  2. Make Your Own Oat Flour: If you can’t find oat flour in the grocery store, it’s so easy to make your own. All you have to do is blend oats in a food processor or blender until they become a fine powder. Then measure out the oat flour as per the recipe. So easy!
  3. Dough Consistency: The consistency of your cookie dough is crucial. It should be moist but not too sticky. If the dough is too dry, add a little more lemon juice or coconut oil; if too wet, a bit more oat flour can help.
  4. Baking Accuracy: Oven temperatures can vary, so keep an eye on your cookies while they bake. They should be golden around the edges but still soft in the center. This ensures a chewy texture with a slightly crisp edge.
  5. Cooling Time: Gluten-free cookies can be pretty delicate when they are fresh out of the oven. Allow your gluten-free lemon crinkle cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This helps them set properly without falling apart.

How to Store Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies

  • Room Temperature: Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, these cookies will last up to a week.
  • Fridge: In the refrigerator, they can last up to two weeks.
  • Freeze: You can freeze the baked cookies for up to 3 months in a ziplock bag. Thaw at room temperature or gently reheat in the oven for a few minutes before eating them.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 0.5IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love when a cookie recipe turns out exactly as the picture! These lemon cookies were so good and easy to make. I love the coconut oil in them. Will definitely keep this recipe to make all year long!

  2. 5 stars
    I was so anxious trying this, I am not a baker and this is my first time, I have to say, the instructions were super easy to follow thank you! I love the outcome.

  3. 5 stars
    This was so good! I loved how the sweetness and citrusy flavors complement each other! I’m definitely making this again soon!

  4. 5 stars
    I loved the bright pop of real lemon in both the cookie and glaze — so yummy! Definitely will be making again and again!