Meyer Lemon Sprinkle Cookies

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These Meyer Lemon Sprinkle Cookies are the ray of sunshine you need in the middle of winter.  They are chewy in the middle, crispy around the edges, and rounded out with the flavors of fresh meyer lemon zest.

Meyer Lemon Sprinkle Cookies

I’m going to fast forward past the winter-hating rant that you could probably spew out yourself and / or have heard a million times.  You know the one… we can just skip to the part where I tell you that these cookies are the bright and fresh comfort food that you need to channel your inner sunshine.  Because while we still need lots and lots of cold weather comfort food, we are craving things that remind us of spring and summer.  The brightness of the lemon zest does just that.  Pack the cookies with the brightest colored sprinkles you can find (pink for Valentine’s Day perhaps?) and they will instantly make you smile.

Meyer Lemon Sprinkle Cookies

I’m not a huge lemon lover, in fact citrus is not my go-to dessert flavor, but there is something about a these cookies that is pretty addicting.  But then again, I find most cookies addicting…

Meyer Lemon Sprinkle Cookies

Meyer Lemon Sprinkle Cookies

Makes 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

8 ounces (~1 cup) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon meyer lemon zest (~2 meyer lemons)
9.25 ounces (~2 cups) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons table salt
1/2  teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces (3/4 cup / 1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
4 ounces (~1/2 cup packed) light brown sugar
1 x-large egg + 1 x-large egg yolk at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup bright colored sprinkles

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; line baking sheets with parchment paper or a slipat and set aside
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, use your fingers to rub the meyer lemon zest into the granulated sugar; set aside for five minutes
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, table salt and baking soda; set aside
Add butter and brown sugar to granulated sugar / zest mixture, cream high speed until light and fluffy
Scrape sides of the bowl with a spatula; add egg, egg yolk and vanilla; beat at medium speed until well-combined
Reduce speed to low and slowly add flour mixture just until combined; stop mixer and scrape sides of the bowl with spatula
On low speed, add in sprinkles
Use a medium-sized cookie dough scoop and place scoops of cookie dough on prepared baking sheets 1-2 inches apart
Bake cookies 11-12 minutes or until edges are a light golden brown
Set aside to cool before eating
Store in an airtight container for several days at room temperature or freeze for up to one month

Meyer Lemon Sprinkle Cookies

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11 Responses to “Meyer Lemon Sprinkle Cookies”

  1. DessertForTwo February 3, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    Yum! I’m a lemon lover. I could really use these because it’s supposed to snow again this week :/

  2. Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 3, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Oooh, these look amazing!!! I love bright desserts like this for summer!

  3. Debra February 3, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    This would work for any holiday. They are so fun to look at. thank you

  4. thelittleloaf February 3, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    You know it’s almost impossible to get Meyer lemons here in the UK? It’s so frustrating, I always hear about how amazing they are but have never tried one! These cookies look delicious Lauren, as always :-)

  5. Joanne February 4, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    Sprinkles just make life more fun! Just looking at these makes me happy. And the Meyer lemon infusion doesn’t hurt.

  6. Rachel February 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    These are so pretty! Sprinkles just make everything better :) I’ve actually never worked with or tasted a Meyer lemon! I feel like it’s a fairly new ingredient…I will need to work on this…

    • Keep It Sweet February 18, 2014 at 7:58 am #

      Yes, try it! It is like a regular lemon / orange hybrid.

  7. Jodi February 7, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    I love lemon and these cookies look so yummy.

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  8. Jenny @ BAKE February 19, 2014 at 2:06 am #

    I love that these cookies not only have a bright happy flavour but they are full of sprinkles too!

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