Chewy Coconut Lemon Sugar Cookies — The Leftovers Club

Aug 01

I love baking- I find it really relaxing to mix some ingredients in a bowl, use my Grandma’s old cookie scoop, and 15ish minutes later, delicious cookies are baked, and the house smells amazing! Sometimes I feel like life gets to busy to really take time and bake– luckily, The Leftovers Club definitely helps with them– it forces me to bake and take time for myself. It’s perfect– and I don’t keep all the cookies at home :)


This recipe is adapted fromĀ A Gilt Nutmeg— a blog by my study abroad roommate! These sugar cookies are amazing– I love coconut, but you can absolutely leave it out if it’s not your things. The taste of lemon isn’t overwhelming, just delicious!


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  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 4 oz low-fat cream cheese, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 6 tbs unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs skim milk
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • Cook time: 13-15 min
  • Servings: 3 dozen
  • Difficulty: easy


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and prepare two cookie sheets.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, coconut, and salt. Add sugar, cream cheese, and lemon zest. Pour the warm butter over top and mix. Mix in oil, egg, milk, and lemon juice until fully incorporated.

Pour extra sugar in a bowl or a rimmed plate. Use cookie scoop for each cookie- roll in hands and then roll in sugar. When you have a full cookie sheet, use a glass to flatten each cookie, but don't flatten them too much. Sprinkle the cookies with more sugar.

Bake 13-15 minutes.


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Comments: 17

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  2. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos Aug 01 at 2:18 pm Reply

    I always have lemons in the pantry – these would be divine this summer! Great idea :)

  3. Nicole (MyLoveForCooking) Aug 02 at 9:00 am Reply

    I’m in!! These look great! :)

  4. Shaina Aug 02 at 4:45 pm Reply

    mmmm coconut! while i’m not a huge fan of lemon flavor in dessert, I would still totally try these – they sound great!

    • Elizabeth Aug 05 at 9:24 am Reply

      Thanks Shaina! You could try them with lime or orange too!

  5. Monet Aug 02 at 7:08 pm Reply

    These look so good. Coconut and lemon? Two of my favorites! Thank you for sharing them with us!

    • Elizabeth Aug 05 at 9:24 am Reply

      Thanks Monet- hope you and the little one are doing well!

  6. Joanne Aug 03 at 10:29 am Reply

    After my lemon cookies, I definitely need to try these with coconut! It’s one of my favorite sweet treat flavors!

    • Elizabeth Aug 05 at 9:25 am Reply

      Thanks Joanne!

  7. Laura Aug 05 at 1:20 am Reply

    I love lemon anything, so these look great to me!

    • Elizabeth Aug 05 at 9:25 am Reply

      Thanks Laura!

  8. Kim @ 2justByou Aug 19 at 12:51 pm Reply

    I love coconut and I love lemon, so these cookies sound like a little taste of heaven for me!
    Thanks for the recipe. I’m a new fb fan, and I hope to be visiting often. =0)

    • Elizabeth Aug 21 at 12:31 pm Reply

      Glad you stopped by- can’t wait to have you visit more!

  9. Elora Aug 20 at 9:31 am Reply

    Oh my gosh–those look so good! And I love lemon treats!!!

    • Elizabeth Aug 21 at 12:31 pm Reply

      Thanks so much :)

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