Ginger Cardamom Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Christmas Cookie baking season is upon us, and I am starting out with my newest cookie creation, Ginger Cardamom Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies. They are lemony, sweet and chewy. A perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray or exchange this year.
Crinkle cookies are popular cookie during the holidays, most often seen in chocolate form. I have made chocolate crinkle cookies before, this time I decided to switch it up with using Meyer lemons. Partly because my Meyer lemon tree is bursting this year, partly because I love lemon desserts.
I also love adding in ginger and cardamom with lemon desserts, and it is an especially amazing combination with these lemon crinkle cookies. The flavors really complement each other well.
Our Meyer lemon tree easily has 150 lemons on it, and they are huge too, way bigger than the ones I normally get in grocery stores. Two of my lemons yield 1 cup of juice. That is an insane amount of juice for two lemons.
Gardening in Las Vegas is interesting to say the least. We have had our little backyard garden growing for a few years now and it has been a lot of trial and error. The extreme temps here make it very tricky to plant certain fruits and vegetables so they grow in the correct season. One can end up with a lot of produce going straight to compost because they end up rotting faster than one can harvest.
My meyer lemon tree grows just outside my kitchen window and is supposed to be a dwarf tree. I wasn't sure if that meant the tree didn't grow tall or if they were smaller than normal lemons.
I am thinking neither since the tree is almost 6 feet tall and the lemons are huge. (edited in fall 2021 - the tree is now almost 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide).
What ingredients are in meyer lemon crinkle cookies?
- Flour - all purpose flour is used for these
- Sugar - the cookie batter has granulated white sugar, the cookies are rolled in both granulated and powdered sugar before baking
- Butter - unsalted and at room temperature. Standard for most cookie recipes.
- Meyer lemon zest - I have a trick of rubbing the zest with the sugar to bring out even more lemon flavor
- Meyer lemon juice - just a little bit. If you can't find Meyer lemons, regular lemons are fine
- Eggs - large and room temperature. I consider room temperature to be around 65 Deg F.
- Spices - ginger and cardamom
- Salt - I always use Diamond Kosher salt
How do you make lemon crinkle cookies?
- First make the lemon crinkle cookie dough. I make mine in a stand mixer, you could use a large bowl and a hand mixer
- Make sure the ingredients are all weighed out, specific items at room temperature such as eggs and butter.
- Chill the dough after it is made.
- Set out your sugars to roll the cookies in before baking.
- Use a cookie scoop to make sure they are uniform in size.
- Bake for the stated time in the recipe, as well as follow the cooling instructions.
Tips for making amazing Ginger Cardamom Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies:
- Use as fresh lemons that you can find. Firmer lemons are easier to zest.
- Roll the cookies in both granulated and powdered sugar. This gives them a little crunch as well as help the powdered sugar stick better during baking.
- You can omit the spices if you want but they really complement the lemons so well and make these stand out from all other lemon crinkle cookies.
- These cookies freeze well kept in an airtight container or bag.
One of my secrets to extra lemony flavor in baked goods is to rub the sugar with the zest with my fingers really well before adding into the dough or batter.
It releases more of the lemon oil into the sugar and makes the lemon scent even stronger. Sugary zest with the lemon juice makes for a delicious and brighter version of these crinkle cookies.
You can use regular lemons if you can't find Meyers. I just prefer Meyer lemons because I can walk outside my house to pick them from my yard.
Other Meyer lemon recipes you might enjoy:
- 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour (278 grams)
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 cup sugar (200 grams)
- 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (140 grams)
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
- Natural yellow food coloring - OPTIONAL
For rolling pre-baking:
- 1 cup granulated Sugar( 200 grams ) ( could also use yellow sanding sugar for half the granulated if you like)
- 1 cup powdered ( confectioners sugar) (120 grams)
In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, ginger, cardamom, baking powder and salt
In a separate bowl combine the granulated sugar with the lemon zest and rub between fingers until the zest is fully mixed with the sugar. This releases more lemon oil into the sugar for a stronger lemon flavor and color
Cream butter and sugar mixed with lemon zest in a stand mixer on medium speed, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, until soft and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each, scrape down sides of bowl after mixing in each egg. Add in the vanilla extract and lemon juice and mix again. Add in the optional yellow food coloring now if you want a much more yellow cookie. Depending on the lemons you use the color of the cookies will range from pale yellow to a brighter yellow.
Add in the flour mixture and mix slowly until combined. Do not over mix
Chill dough 3-4 hours
Preheat oven to 350º F and line baking sheets with parchment paper
Place granulated sugar in one bowl, powdered ( confectioners sugar in a separate bowl)
Take chilled dough and roll into 1 ½ tablespoon sized balls. Roll in granulated sugar, then in the powdered sugar making sure they are completely covered.
Place dough balls on prepared baking sheets about two inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until starting to turn slightly golden. Cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes then transfer to wire cooling racks to cool completely.
Cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days, frozen for a few months.