Orange, Lemon and Lime Citrus Cookies

Orange, Lemon and Lime Citrus Cookies– chewy, sweet cookies with citrus zest and rolled in sugar

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 www.shugarysweets.com

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

Cherry Margarita Pound Cake from www.shugarysweets.com

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

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream from www.shugarysweets.com

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 www.shugarysweets.com

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Yield: 5 dozen

Orange, Lemon, and Lime Citrus Cookies

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


  • 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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Lemon, Lime and Orange Cookies- chewy, sweet cookies with citrus zest and rolled in sugar!


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Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on January 3, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. 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!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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 OneCreativeMommy.com.

  7. 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!

  8. Hi there! My name is Jess and I am your newest follower 😀 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!

  9. 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. 🙂

  10. 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!

  11. 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. 🙂

  12. Oh I love lemons and anything citrus. I must try these! New visitor. I hope you stop by to link- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/01/tuesday-link-party-4.html

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 🙂

  16. 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…

    1. 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).

  17. I LOVE dried cranberries! And, I love that these cookies have both lime and lemon. That sounds so wonderful! And, they’re beautiful.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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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