SRC: Chewy Lemonhead Sugar Cookies

by Holly on March 4, 2013

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I AM SERIOUSLY SO OVER WINTER. I’ve pretty much decided that if most everything I make reminds me of warmer weather then I can keep thinking Spring!

lemonhead sugar cookie wire plate

For this month’s Secret Recipe Club I was given Kate’s blog, Kitchen Trial & Error – which I think is a fantastic food blog name by the way! And it fits because it is a fantastic food blog!ย I kept coming back to a recipe she shared for Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies though. You know, that’s not surprising considering my recent obsession with all things citrus, like the Meyer Lemon Meringues and the Wild Orange Madeleinesย that have been coming out of my kitchen!

Anyway, her description of the cookies was spot on for what I’ve been looking for to try and hack a favorite cookie of mine that a couple of local bakeries make. It’s a sugar cookie with just the right chew and texture that has broken and crushed lemonhead candies inside and usually has a little lemon glaze on top.

lemonhead sugar cookie pan

When I read the ingredients list for Kate’s lemon sugar cookies it reminded me of my favorite sugar cookie recipe (I’ll share that soon!) which also hascream cheese in the dough. Add to this that Kate’s cookies are all simply stirred together in a bowl and couldn’t be easier to make (or if you are like me and feel excessively lazy you could bust out the hand mixer).

I did change the recipe just a bit, mainly due to my laziness again (I hate partial leftovers so I fiddled with the fats to use whole portions of butter and cream cheese packages), and to add in the lemonheads and adjust a bit for high altitude and the flavor I was looking for.

These cookies were lemony perfection. I didn’t even get around to adding the glaze, but they didn’t really need it and stored so nicely. We even thought they were better the next day when the candy was no longer crunchy in the cookie at all (the candy pieces melt into the dough making little candy filled spots that can be a little crunchy depending on how much you crush the candy before adding it to the dough).

Please do bring some sunshine to your day and make these! And head on over to Kate’s blog and the other SRC club members links for lots of fantastic ideas!




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sara March 4, 2013 at 10:32 am

Love these! Including lemonheads is so fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Holly March 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Thanks Sara! I seriously love them. I think the glaze would be awesome on them too, even if a little overkill… and sometimes that’s a good thing!

Vanderbilt Wife March 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

OK, I am 37+ weeks pregnant so everything looks good, but those look AWESOME. I love sweet/sour combos. What a fun and springtime-y cookie. I’m with you, I am sick of winter.

Holly March 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I’m with ya! Winter be gone! I love the tangy combo too. Good luck and congrats on your pregnancy! ๐Ÿ™‚

PolaM March 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Love lemony desserts: it gives me the illusion to be eating healthy ๐Ÿ˜‰

Holly March 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Haha! That’s my kind of thinking for sure! ๐Ÿ˜‰

cooking rookie March 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm

such pretty flavorful cookies! Great choice for SRC.

Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan March 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

These sound PERFECT for summer!

Isabelle @ Crumb March 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I’m totally obsessed with all things citrus right now, so these cookies are just screaming “Make me!” I rarely buy candy these days, but I might just have to make an exception for these babies… love the idea of finding little nuggets of lemony goodness hidden away in the cookie.

Lisa~~ March 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I am with you, totally over winter and waiting for some warm summer days. I adore lemon and your cookies are calling me to make them…I think I may even have lemon heads in my daughter’s candy drawer…hmmm. Great looking cookie.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry Loaded Potato Soup.


Camilla @ Culinary Adventures March 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm

LOVE citrus, too. I never through to put candy in a cookie. Fun. Nice job for the SRC.

Kate March 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

These look so moist and chewy….just the way we like them!! What a wonderful burst of sunshine!! I am pinning this one! I am from Group B and just stopping by for a quick peak. Great SRC share.

sarah k @ the pajama chef March 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

what a creative cookie! i love lemon–it’s such a bright spot in these dreary winter days. i cannot WAIT for spring ๐Ÿ™‚

Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook March 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm

These look delightful and are reminding me of brighter seasons as I sit here and watch 6-11″ of snow fall! Can’t wait for summer!

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblingse March 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Lemonheads are one of my fav candies from when I was little! yay for src ๐Ÿ™‚

Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) March 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm

OMG…these look AMAZING! I adore lemon…and lemonhead candies are SO tart. I think I must make these soon. My #SundaySupper group is doing a citrus theme this month, and will make sure I shout out to you with a link if I share these!

Margaret March 8, 2013 at 8:25 am

HHMMMmmm!! Funny, I just ran out of cookies and am need of more. Perfect!!

Jenna March 9, 2013 at 7:10 am

I am in love with all things lemon and my husband and I love sweet and sour combinations. I’ll have to make these soon.

Sarah E {Group D's hostess} April 7, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Those look so delish! I lived on lemonheads during my first trimester when I was pregnant with my daughter – they were the only thing that kept my nausea at bay!

Stopping by from the SRC site – couldn’t pass up a look at these cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinned to share!

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