Oatmeal Lemon Cookies

Oatmeal Lemon Cookies are light and crispy.  Forget about try to eat just one.

Oatmeal Lemon cookies are light and crispy @yourhomebasedmomSo I thought I was about lemoned out and had shared enough lemon recipes with you but then the Oregonian went and put a recipe for Oatmeal Lemon Cookies in the FoodDay section last week and I knew I had to try it!

I had a group of women from church coming over one evening last week to make these fun headbands and these cute headbands and I figured it was the perfect opportunity to give the cookies a try.

Oatmeal and lemon is not a combination I usually put together but it works! The recipe is similar to a cookie that was available at the Portland Art Museum . The author of the article (sorry I don’t have their name – I cut out the recipe but that was it) had this to say about their experience with the cookies nearly twenty years ago:

I don’t remember the exhibits, but I’ll never forget those elegant cookies. Their elusive, lemony flavor makes them the ideal accompaniment to an evening’s dessert, such as fresh fruit, ice cream or sorbet.”

Oatmeal Lemon cookies are light and crispy @yourhomebasedmom

The cookie would also make a perfect tea time cookie. It makes a light, crisp delicate cookie.

The recipe tells you to lightly flatten the cookies but I must have made mine too big because this is what happened.

Oatmeal Lemon cookies are light and crispy @yourhomebasedmom

So with the next batch I decided to use my smaller cookie scoop and not flatten them and it worked better.

Oatmeal Lemon cookies are light and crispy @yourhomebasedmom

The cookies were a hit with the women and I will definitely be making them again!


Oatmeal Lemon Cookies
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 C unsalted butter ( 2 sticks)
  • 1⅓ C granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • Grated zest from 1 medium lemon
  • 1½ C old-fashioned oatmeal, uncooked
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Into a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a stand mixer set on low speed, beat the butter and 1 cup sugar until creamy and light in color, 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary.
  5. On medium speed, add the lemon extract and zest and beat until blended.
  6. Slowly add the flour mixture, beating on low until blended.
  7. Add the oatmeal and beat until blended
  8. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out some dough and roll it between your hands to form a ball (if the dough sticks to your hands, keep a bowl of cold water nearby and occasionally dip your hands in, shaking off the excess)
  9. Place the cookies, 2½ inches apart on the baking sheet.
  10. Place the reserved ⅓ cup sugar in a small bowl alongside another small bowl filled with water.
  11. Lightly dip the bottom of a flat glass in the water and then in sugar.
  12. Lightly flatten each cookie, refreshing the glass with every one or two cookies.
  13. Bake until the tops are just golden, about 12 minutes.
  14. Let the cookies firm and cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
  15. Makes about 2½ dozen cookies
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Shelli says

    Those look so yummy! Can’t wait to try them. You always have the most unique, delicious recipes! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Tauna says

    I made these today for an afterschool treat for my kids. They were amazing. Thanks for the yummy recipe. This is now one of our favorite cookies.

  3. judy Allred says

    Where do you live? I am in West Linn. I am going to be trying the cookies. I am a Realtor with more time on my hands so have discovered baking. the good news is when I bake I do not eat as much. Like your site a lot. Judy A

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