Candied Lemon Ginger Cookies

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"I love ginger and I love lemon and these cookies have the right combination of both. It contains lemon oil which is a perfect ingredient that adds just the right touch of anything lemon. But note that if you don't have lemon oil, lemon extract or lemon peel can be substituted."

Original recipe yields 12-16 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (73.7 g)
  • Calories 284.8
  • Total Fat - 11.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 48.1 mg
  • Sodium - 140 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 42.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.8 g
  • Sugars - 25.4 g
  • Protein - 3.5 g
  • Calcium - 19.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2

Use a whisk to mix together flour, baking soda, salt, and ground ginger.

Step 3

Cream softened butter, cream cheese and sugars together well, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Add egg and lemon oil (or 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind) and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Step 4

Add flour mixture gradually, blending at low speed just until combined.

Step 5

Finely chop lemon peel and crystallized ginger and gently mix them into the dough.

Step 6

Chill dough until firm.

Step 7

Form into 1 inch balls and roll in sparking sugar until evenly coated. Place balls 2 inches apart onto parchment lined cookie sheet.

Step 8

Bake 11-15 minutes until cookies are slightly puffed. Yield: 3 dozen cookies.

NOTE: Lemon oil is quite potent so a little goes a long way (reason for the 3/4 tsp). It adds just the right touch for anything lemon and is used by professional chefs and kitchens. Of course you can substitute lemon extract and/or peel and your recipe will work, but lemon oil is the Mac Daddy of taste. It takes 225 lemons to fill a 3.4 oz. bottle.

Makes 3 dozen cookies

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Love these. Great combination of flavors. Slightly crunchy exterior and soft chewy interior. These will be made again, and not just for Christmas.

review by:
(2 Jan 2022)


Great cookies! I love the combination of lemon and ginger, and these didn't disappoint! Not only that, I learned how to make homemade candied citrus peels. Bonus! Used DoTerra lemon oil, which really amped the lemony goodness. We'll definitely be making these again - everyone who got them on their tray loved them.

review by:
(6 Jan 2021)


I've tried them with the lemon zest and really liked them. I'm looking forward to trying them with the lemon oil!

review by:
(15 Mar 2020)


We really liked everything about these cookies! They have you at first bite with the lemon and ginger combo. Something different for the cookie trays this year!

review by:
(3 Jan 2020)