*Recipe updated 12/3/17. Photos updated 7/24/17.*
Last week I bought a bag of lemons from Trader Joe’s. I must’ve had some brilliant plan for them at the time, but the next day I really couldn’t remember what it might have been.
I didn’t want to let my beautiful lemons go to waste, so I came up with another brilliant plan for them…
And it was the perfect time to make a batch of cookies. Berney was scheduled to work an overnight event shift with the fire department, and what firefighters don’t like vegan cookies at 2am?? None.
I got to be in my little world of baking happiness for a while, and firefighters got yummy snacks to keep their blood sugar levels running strong. Win-win.
These lemon cookies are quite simple to make and only require eight ingredients you likely already have on hand!
Unlike many vegan cookie recipes, this one doesn’t use vegan butter. Instead, coconut oil is the fat of choice. Lemon and coconut are kinda besties in the food world. Can you think of anything lemon coconut-y that doesn’t taste amazing? No. No you cannot.
One note on the coconut oil: This recipe works best if your coconut oil is NOT melted. It should be around room temperature and soft enough that you can scoop it out of its container. Since moving to Southern California, I’ve noticed that the warm weather pretty much keeps my coconut oil in the cupboard at the proper scooping consistency. So that’s helpful.
Definitely don’t forget to roll the cookie dough balls in sugar before baking. It gives them such a pretty look – like they’re covered in glitter. Even firefighters like glitter (actually I bet they didn’t notice, but that’s alright).
I only ended up using 2 small lemons for this recipe, which means there are still 5 lemons left in the bag I bought. Therefore, I feel it is necessary to make another batch of these lemon cookies. Right now. Because some days you just need cookies, cookies, and more cookies.
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- ½ cup organic cane sugar + ¼ cup for coating*
- ½ cup coconut oil, soft but not melted*
- 1 Tbsp Lemon zest
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp agave
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with silicon baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the ½ cup sugar and coconut oil until fully combined.
- Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and agave. Continue to whisk until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add half to the wet mixture and whisk until incorporated. Add the remaining flour mixture and carefully whisk until the dough becomes too stiff to continue (or sticks in the whisk). At that point, use clean hands to mix together the dough until flour is fully incorporated.
- Scoop and roll dough into balls (~1½ Tablespoons each) and roll in the reserved ¼ cup sugar. Place onto prepared baking sheet and flatten tops with your fingers (the cookies will not spread much while baking).
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden on the edges. Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
*You want the coconut oil to be a similar consistency as a room temperature stick of butter. If your coconut oil is very cold and hard, microwave in 8-10 second increments to slowly soften it to the appropriate consistency.
Just because I’m a bit of a sentimentalist (is that a word?), here’s one of the original photos for this recipe back from October 2014. We’ve come a long way, my friends…