Thick and chewy cookies with chunks of white chocolate and a hint of bright, sunny lemon.
The BEST Lemon White Chocolate Cookies Recipe
Soft, thick, and chewy sugar cookies with a hint of lemon and studded with white chocolate chunks – you’re going to love this flavor combo!
I got the inspiration for this recipe from La Madeline’s Lemon White Chocolate Chunk Cookies – a lemon cookie baked with white chocolate chunks topped with a light lemon glaze.
I left off the glaze because it made the cookie overly sweet. I also used bigger chunks of chocolate than La Madeline. Their chunks were so small that they were hardly noticeable in the cookie. Use whatever size white chocolate chunks or chips that you prefer.
Super Easy Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Because it’s made with melted butter, this dough is super easy to mix up by hand in one bowl. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
Ingredients in Lemon White Chocolate Cookies
- Butter – I use melted butter in this recipe. It makes the cookies chewy like my favorite chocolate chip cookie and it makes the dough super easy to mix up by hand.
- Lemon juice and zest – for a hint of lemon flavor.
- Sugar – granulated white sugar keeps the flavor fresh and bright.
- White chocolate – use chunks or chips. I cut up a Ghirardelli bar.
- Egg – for binding and moisture
- Flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt
How to make Lemon White Chocolate Cookies
- Melt the butter – microwave (or heat in a pan) the butter until it is hallway melted, then stir it until the rest of the butter is melted. This makes cooling a lot quicker. Let it cool slightly.
- Whisk in the sugar, zest, juice, and eggs.
- Stir in the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips.
- Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days. This gives the flour a chance to absorb the liquid.
- You want your dough to be about 70° F before baking so it spreads to the proper thickness. Too warm and the cookies will spread too far and be flat. Too cold, and they will be mounds that didn’t spread far enough.
- Roll into 1.5 ounce balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes in a 350° F oven until the tops of the cookies are set and no longer shiny, and some of the edges are turning golden. I bake in the middle to lower-middle of the oven so the bottoms are a little crispy and the chocolate on top doesn’t brown.
- Don’t overbake or you’ll lose their chewiness. The cookies will firm up while cooling.
How to make Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies in advance
The dough or dough balls can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 4 days. Bring the dough/dough balls to room temperature (70° F) before baking.
Unbaked dough balls can be frozen for up to 2 months. Bring the dough balls to room temperature (70° F) before baking.
Baked cookies can be frozen. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in a plastic freezer bag for up to 2 months.
Lemon White Chocolate Cookies
- ½ cup unsalted butter (4oz, 113g)
- ¾ cup white sugar (5.25oz, 149g)
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon zest
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour (7.5oz, 213g)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 oz chocolate chips or chunks (113g)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the middle to lower-middle of oven.
- Put butter into mixing bowl and microwave until the butter is half-way melted. Remove the bowl from the microwave and whisk until completely melted. Let cool.
- Add sugar to melted, cooled butter and whisk until the butter is absorbed into the sugar.
- Add eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest and whisk until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine with a wooden spoon.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.
- Roll into 1.5 ounce (43g) sized balls and place 3 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake until just set and no longer shiny on top. This will take about 10 minutes but will vary depending on the oven. They will look undercooked but will firm up after cooling.
- Let cool on a rack. Store in an airtight container.
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