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Light golden yellow lemon cookies with white chocolate chips and a little bit of bright yellow lemon zest.

Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies (Vegan)

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  • Author: Katie Stymiest
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 20 Cookies 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Soft and chewy, these vegan and gluten-free lemon cookies are packed with bold lemon flavor. Only ten minutes and no chilling necessary; this easy one-bowl recipe will be a new lemony family favorite.


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  • 1/2 cup (114g) vegan butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup (250g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, freshly grated
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) unsweetened applesauce, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (240g) gluten-free flour 1:1 baking blend
  • 1/3 cup (40g) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 cup (168g) vegan white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prepare a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a standmixer or large mixing bowl with handheld mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and lemon zest for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. 
  3. Add in the lemon juice, applesauce, and vanilla extract and mix on high for another 2 minutes. Note that the mixture may look a bit separated here, it’s okay.
  4. Measure in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt and mix on low until a soft dough forms.
  5. Gently fold in the white chocolate chips.
  6. With a large cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet approximately 2 inches apart. Placec a few additional white chocolate chips on top if desired. Bake for 8-10 minutes. The edges should be set and the center will appear slightly underbaked.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing to a wire rack to fully cool. Enjoy!
  8. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 6 months.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American