Orange, Lemon and Lime Citrus Cookies

by aimee @ shugarysweets on January 3, 2013

Lemon, Lime and Orange Cookies- chewy, sweet cookies with citrus zest and rolled in sugar #cookies #citrus @shugarysweets

Back in December I shared a confession with all of you. I was part of a fun cookie exchange, and one of the cookies I received were Cranberry Orange Cookies. And I ate the entire batch. My family had no idea they even arrived until I shared the photo.

Lemon, Lime and Orange Cookies- chewy, sweet cookies with citrus zest and rolled in sugar #cookies #citrus @shugarysweets

Knowing how good the cookies were I knew I had to re-create these delicious gems.

However, my kids aren’t huge fans of dried cranberries (although I am)! I figure since I am making these FOR THEM, I should make them they way they would enjoy them.

Totally covered in sugar with citrus zest.

Lemon, Lime and Orange Cookies- chewy, sweet cookies with citrus zest and rolled in sugar #cookies #citrus @shugarysweets

I made these cookies very small, about 3/4 inch balls (that you flatten with the bottom of a cup). Once they were flattened, I then added extra sugar on top.

Because I can.

But you do as you feel comfortable with! I personally am totally comfortable with a giant scoop of sugar on top of each cookie!

Lemon, Lime and Orange Cookies- chewy, sweet cookies with citrus zest and rolled in sugar #cookies #citrus @shugarysweets

I know some of you are probably starting your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy. I totally understand. I have a couple resolutions myself!

1. Share more dinner recipes. Yes, this is a dessert blog, but I make some really good dinners too. And if you’re anything like me, you probably wonder what to make each day. Night. Week. So, how about I share some of my favorites with you every once in awhile? Be sure to comment and let me know what you think!

2. Work through my baking fears. Yes. I have fears. Some people are afraid of baking with yeast. I am afraid of making bagels, pretzels, hamburger buns, macarons, and a few other things. I’m going to try to conquer those fears. For you, people!!

3. I’m going to be starting a new series each month “Reader’s Choice.” You may have seen my call for submissions a few weeks ago. Basically, I get a lot of emails from all of you (and facebook, twitter requests) asking me to make a certain recipe. Just for you. So, each month I’ll choose one of these requested recipes and try to create a Shugary Sweets version. So keep the submissions coming!

4. I have had the opportunity in 2012 to work with some incredible brands. December I showcased some of these great brands through giveaways. I hope to be able to offer more giveaways to all of you this year. Cause I love you. And I am totally not against bribing you to visit me. Which by the way, if you haven’t entered to win a FREE iPad, go HERE! Contest ends January 15, 2013!!

So those are a few of my goals for this year! How about drooling over some treats now?

Want more Citrus Goodies? Here are a few of my favorites:

Mini Lemon Loaves: a great breakfast and the perfect hostess gift!

Orange Bread: recipe makes two lovely loaves of this bread, and it freezes well too!

Orange Bread from

Cherry Margarita Pound Cake: made with limes, tequila and a cherry glaze. DELISH!

Cherry Margarita Pound Cake from

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream: from scratch lemon cake and frosting!

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream from

Orange Peel Candy: candied citrus is so delicious to eat plain, or chop it up and put it in your desserts!

Orange Peel Candy from

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Orange, Lemon and Lime Citrus Cookies

Yield: 5 dozen

Chewy, sugar coated cookies with orange, lemon and lime zest!


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 lime, zested


  1. In a small bowl, zest all the citrus. Remove about 2 tsp of zest and place in a separate bowl. Add 1/2 cup granulated sugar to the 2 tsp of zest. Combine with a fork and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add butter and remaining 1 cup sugar. Beat for 1-2 minutes. Add egg and beat until combined. Add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Beat until combined. Slowly add in zest.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll cookies into 3/4-1inch balls. Then roll them in the sugar/zest mixture, coating generously. Place ball on cookie sheet and repeat. Using a flat bottom of a cup, press the ball slightly to form a disc. Repeat for all balls. I then pressed a little extra sugar on the tops of the cookies at this point (totally optional). Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack.
  4. Store in a covered container for up to a week. ENJOY.

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Shannon @ Searching For Dessert January 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I love chewy sugar cookies, and the citrus coating sounds amazing! I am putting these on my list of delicious treats to make! Thanks for sharing :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 4, 2013 at 8:04 am

You are welcome! I have weak knees when it comes to citrus in desserts!
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Averie @ Averie Cooks January 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I didnt realize how many citrus recipes you have til I see them all linked up here!

And did you change your background/wallpaper and change your footer? I like it!


aimee @ shugarysweets January 4, 2013 at 8:05 am

Thanks Averie! And that’s not even close to showing all of them!! I love lemon in my desserts!
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life January 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm

haha! I love that you are not opposed to a spoonful of sugar on top of your cookies! I knew I loved you :-) Please don’t hate me when I confess that I am not a huge citrus fan…it has something to do with my lack of love for sour things.
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 4, 2013 at 8:06 am

Not a citrus fan? Who are you? No worries, I’ll just eat your share!
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Elizabeth January 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I LOVE dried cranberries! And, I love that these cookies have both lime and lemon. That sounds so wonderful! And, they’re beautiful.
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Medeja January 3, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I get tempted when I see something citrus.. :D They look really cute!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 3, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Oooooh. I just so happen to have bags of lemons in my fridge. Cookies…or your lemon loaf…methinks… I love your goals! I have macarons on my list too…
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 4, 2013 at 8:07 am

Cookies. Definitely the cookies first! Yeah, macarons have been on my list for a couple years…just havent tried (although in my defense I don’t have a kitchen scale).
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Cassie | Bake Your Day January 3, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I am drooooling over these, Aimee. I love citrus-flavored sweets. These look perfect!!


Heather @French Press January 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm

sugar cookies and citrus – you speak my language:) these are gorgeous and I’m sure delicious as well!
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Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch January 4, 2013 at 8:07 am

Citrus desserts are a weakness of mine! These cookies are making my mouth water!
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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Those cookies are perfection. Three citrus flavors all together? Nothing better than that.
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Mel Lockcuff January 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm

These look so delicious. I love lemon cookies; these look like melt in your mouth yumminess.
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Karly January 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I don’t usually like citrusy cookies, but you might have just convinced me to try these. They look fabulous!
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Katherine R. January 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I feel like I never bake citrusy treats but ALWAYS enjoy them! These look so yummy! As for your New Year’s Resolutions, I love them! I mostly share sweets on my blog, but it is fun to switch it up and share some dinner ideas! Your reader’s choice idea is so thoughtful – you clearly care about all your fans! Thanks for all your hard work! Perhaps I’ll be inspired to make some homemade bagels too :)
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Erin @ Texanerin Baking January 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm

These cookies look incredible! Citrusy chewy cookies are definitely a favorite of mine. But I’m not going to make them. Because I would eat every single last one within a few hours. I love that you ate the entire batch before the family even found out. That is so me.
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tanya January 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I love citrus, especially in baked goods. These cookies are amazing! I like your resolution list!


aimee @ shugarysweets January 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

Thanks Tanya!


Shelby January 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Love every recipe! So glad you will be sharing dinner recipes – I don’t eat sugar every day but I do eat dinner every day. Thanks.


aimee @ shugarysweets January 5, 2013 at 10:21 am

Hmmm, i might be the opposite. I eat sugar every day, but not always dinner! Kidding. Kinda.


Nancy Pfeifer January 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Oh I love lemons and anything citrus. I must try these! New visitor. I hope you stop by to link-


aimee @ shugarysweets January 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

Thanks for stopping by Nancy! I love citrus too!!


Vicky @ Mess For Less January 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I have never heard of citrus cookies, but these look amazing! Your photography is really beautiful too. Makes me want to reach out and grab one. :-)
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Awww thanks Vicky. The photography has definitely come a long way!!! Thanks for noticing :)


Kerry January 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Sounds and looks delish : ) – my kind of cookie treat
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Kristy January 6, 2013 at 12:53 am

These look and sound amazing! I love all things citrus!! And I love that little heaping of sugar on top:)
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 6, 2013 at 7:14 am

Yeah, the extra sugar is a sweet touch!! thanks for stopping by Kristy!!


Eva H. January 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Love these citrus cookies! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipes! Happy New Year!


sally @ sallys baking addiction January 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Aimee, these cookies look simply delightful – very simply ingredients making one stand out cookie. I prefer fruity desserts over chocolate ones (who would’ve thought??) and I LOVE lemon cookies. I’m craving citrus lately too – I want the spring and summer!
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Leslie January 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

These look wonderful!!! I really like anything citrus, especially this time of the year but haven’t made a citrus cookie before! Thanks for sharing yur pretty cookies. :)
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Jess @ OnSugarMountain January 9, 2013 at 11:51 am

Hi there! My name is Jess and I am your newest follower :D I’ve loved your fudge recipes from afar for too long and then I saw these cookies and I couldn’t resist subscribing. Such awesome recipes!

Have a Happy Wednesday!
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Bonnie @ Uncommon January 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm

These look amazing! Love the citrus. I have to get back into a little baking! ;)


Kate | Food Babbles January 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm

These cookies sound amazing! I bet they’re bright and fresh thanks to all that citrus. Definitely bookmarking these to make in the very near future. Yum!
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tanya January 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Love these cookies so much Aimee I’m featuring them on One Creative Weekend party on!


Holly Lefevre January 10, 2013 at 2:26 am

I love this idea…I am so ready fro some fresh flavors after the holidays!
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Heidi@OneCreativeMommy January 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

These look so yummy. I am such a fan of any citrus treat. I’m really excited to try your great flavor combination. (Pinning.) Thanks for linking up at One Creative Weekend. I’ll be featuring you today! Please come grab a featured button and stop by tonight to link up anything new you’d like to share at


Megan January 11, 2013 at 7:43 am

These look delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe. ;)
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Jess January 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

OH my goodness these look SIMPLY AMAZING! I need to make these!! :)
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Tonia@thegunnysack January 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm

These look amazing, Aimee!
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 13, 2013 at 8:57 am

Thanks Tonia!


Laura January 12, 2013 at 11:29 pm

I am pinning these cookies! You and I share some similar baking fears. Yeast is no biggie to me but macarons and alfajores are totally intimidating to me. As are bagels. Maybe you will inspire me!
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aimee @ shugarysweets January 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

I’ll make the bagels, YOU make the macarons. Im not brave enough yet ;)


Michelle March 2, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Love this recipe. I decided to make these last night as I wanted something light and new. I didn’t have any lemons, oranges or limes on hand and with no stores opened I decided to just use lemon and orange extracts and some lime juice and these came out delicious. My 2 year old is addicted and my in laws told me they are stealing whatever us left in the morning. Thanks for the recipe, next time I will try with the zest.


aimee @ shugarysweets March 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Michelle, glad you enjoyed the recipe and that the extracts worked out for you! thanks for the feedback!


Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ March 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Beautiful cookies!
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Laura August 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

LOVE this recipe! I am ok with the sugar on top too. And I love the citrus flavors. I am one of those weirdos who suffers through stones fruits and berries and waits for citrus to come back in season! Pinning now!
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Verónica December 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Could you please tell me how much is 3/4 cup of butter in grams? Thank you
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Hillary April 13, 2014 at 1:34 am

Awesome! This is the 2nd recipe in 2 days I have made from this site and both have been awesome!! I love them! I made this recipe but only used lemon and added your lemon buttercup am to ice them. Perfect and VERY addictive!


Hillary April 13, 2014 at 1:35 am

*buttercream not buttercup am!


aimee @ shugarysweets April 13, 2014 at 9:11 am

So I absolutely think you were meant to find me, because you put buttercream on these cookies. That is genius. I am going to try it soon!!


Marilyn April 15, 2014 at 7:41 am

Made the lemon cake mix white chocolate M&M cookies with regular m&m’s and they were delicious and so quick to make…another one was the date Rice Krispies rolls…so good!


job April 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Do you think this recipe would work if made with vegan substitues for the egg and butter?


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