Citrus Doodle Cookies

I have someone very special to introduce you to today. And I think you’re totally going to fall in love just like I did!

You’ve had a snicker doodle cookie before, right? Those light, puffy, perfectly sweet cookies packed full of warm cinnamon flavor? Yeah, they totally rock. Well today I want to share with you the snicker doodle’s light, bright, and lemony cousin…

The Citrus Doodle!

These Citrus Doodle Cookies are amazing! Light and puffy like a snicker doodle, but BURSTING with orange and lemon flavor!

Have you ever heard of such a thing? This easy-to make cookie is loaded with bright, citrus flavor from lemons and oranges, with their zest baked right into the cookies and a sweet citrus juice glaze all over the top! If you’re a citrus lover, this cookie is definitely for you!

These Citrus Doodle Cookies are amazing! Light and puffy like a snicker doodle, but BURSTING with orange and lemon flavor!

These cookies have the same light, puffy texture as a snicker doodle (hence the name), but with a completely different flavor profile. Normally when I bake cookies, my family requests that I WAY under-bake them so they stay extra soft. And I can’t really blame them… I would rather have an soft, tender under-baked cookie than a hard, stale over-baked one! But what I love about these cookies is they have that perfect tender texture while still having a nice, firm base. They won’t go limp and fall apart in your hands like under-cooked cookie dough, and they retain their shape perfectly. Does that make sense? They’re soft and tender, yet firm and substantial. They’re the perfect cookie. Total perfection right here, guys!

These Citrus Doodle Cookies are amazing! Light and puffy like a snicker doodle, but BURSTING with orange and lemon flavor!

Now that we’ve talked about texture, let’s get to the flavor. A combination of lemon and orange zest plus their juices adds a ton of bold citrus flavor packed inside these little cookies. Their tartness is perfectly balanced with the sugar in this recipe, and the citrus glaze on top… let’s just say I might have licked the bowl clean. Maybe. Possibly.

I love how you can see all the tiny flecks of zest in the pretty pale yellow glaze. You know you’re in for a delicious lemony treat just by looking at them!

These Citrus Doodle Cookies are amazing! Light and puffy like a snicker doodle, but BURSTING with orange and lemon flavor!

My youngest son, Wyatt, is OBSESSED with citrus of all kinds. He was that kid that would suck on lemons from our water at a restaurant and still to this day eats a minimum of 2-3 little Cuties on a daily basis. I knew he’d  totally fall in love with these! The first time the boys tried them, Alec, my oldest, said that they tasted just like the lemon orange shake-ups I make… Duh, why didn’t I think of that! These cookies are the perfect pairing with our favorite summertime beverage, homemade lemon shake-ups with a splash of orange. You HAVE to try them this summer! We’re pretty obsessed with them around here.

These Citrus Doodle Cookies are amazing! Light and puffy like a snicker doodle, but BURSTING with orange and lemon flavor!

A few tips for the recipe: Make sure you allow the glaze to set for about an hour before devouring them. And trust me, they will be devoured. I was able to make just shy of 4 dozen small cookies with this recipe, and they should last up to 3 days stored in an airtight container. If they last that long. 🙂

I hope you enjoy these sweet, tart, and tender cookies!

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Citrus Doodle Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: about 4 dozen small cookies
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest, plus 3 tablespoons juice (from 2 oranges)
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest, plus 3 tablespoons juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2½ cups confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt with a whisk. In another large bowl, beat the softened butter, sugar, 1 tablespoon of the orange zest, and 1 tablespoon of the lemon zest with an electric mixer on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Add the flour mixture, about ½ cup at a time, and mix until combined. Switch to a spoon or spatula to finish mixing, if needed.
  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake 12-15 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Remove baking sheets to a wire rack and cool 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon orange zest, 1 tablespoon lemon zest, citrus juices, and confectioners' sugar and whisk until smooth. Spoon a small amount of the glaze over each cookie and use the back of the spoon to spread it evenly to the edges. Allow glaze to set 1 hour before serving. Store cookies in an airtight container up to 3 days.
- I like to use a small kitchen scoop to keep cookie sizes uniform.
- 14 minutes was the perfect cook time for my oven.

– Slightly adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe.

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  1. I’m in love with these amazing cookies, can’t wait to try them!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      I think you’re really going to love them! The burst of delicious citrus flavor is to die for in these cookies!

  2. Liz, I am dying over these! What a fun twist on one of my favorite cookies. I love how spring-y these look 🙂

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Aren’t they perfect for this time of year? My boys are already begging me to make them again! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. I actually licked my screen – lol! These cookies look fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Tracy Spangler says:

    These cookies look amazing! I can’t wait to bake some this weekend! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. I am a citrus lover, and these sound right up my my alley! I’ve got to try these, Liz!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      You will die for these cookies then! The citrus flavor is amazing in them! Thanks for stopping by, Amy!

  6. Oh… these look so yummy!!! I’m featuring them tomorrow in my Friday Features from this week’s Inspire Me Monday party. Thanks for linking up!

  7. Oh my goodness..a citrus snickerdoodle?! Be still my heart!! I feel like I am OBSESSED with all things citrus lately too. Not quite sucking on lemons, but almost. Stopping by from Saturday Night Fever. Pinning this one!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      I’m the same way this time of year! I just can’t get enough citrus! Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

  8. I am a snickerdoodle freak, and I love citrus too, so these cookies are screaming my name!

  9. Liz I am totally drooling over these! They are absolutely amazing! And such gorgeous pictures!! Pinned and sharing for SNF this week 🙂 Have a great week!

  10. Absolutely gorgeous, Liz! I’m all over these citrus cookies! Any kind of doodle cookie is my fave.. love soft cookies, pinned. 🙂

  11. These are absolutely gorgeous, Liz!! I want to lick my screen – they look and sound amazing and perfect for summer! Pinned!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      These are definitely my official cookie for the summer! Feel free to lick your screen… I do it too. 🙂 Thanks for the pin, Jen!

  12. Lori Williamson says:

    I made these today, YUM! I made them w/limoncello, instead of extract. (What I had on hand)
    They are soooo GOOD, they are gonna love thes at work tomorrow, Thanks ! Cant wait to try another one of your deightful recipes

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Limoncello… YUM! I bet those tasted incredible! And how sweet of you to share them at work! Mine never make it beyond the kids and I. 🙂

      Thanks so much for sharing this, Lori! I love hearing when people try my recipes! Have a wonderful day.
      xoxo Liz

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