The Perfect 3-Ingredient Lemon Cookies (Quick, Easy, & Healthy!)

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Looking for a delicious, easy lemon cookie recipe that’s clean eating, Paleo-friendly, and doesn’t contain any weird ingredients?
Well, today’s your lucky day, friend! I’ve got the easiest recipe for soft, buttery, sweet and slightly tart lemon cookies.
I’ve been on a pretty big health kick lately, but I find myself missing sweet treats. These are the perfect batch of lemon cookies to satisfy your sweet tooth. They feel decadent and sinful, yet are completely clean!
In fact, I bet even your non-paleo friends won’t be able to tell these are lemon cookies that are actually good for you!
I’ve been tweaking this recipe, mainly for my dad. He went paleo a few years ago. Normally I make him lemon pie for his birthday because he loves lemon flavors.
He’s been really helping me out lately, since we are getting ready to sell our house, and I made him a batch of these 3 ingredient lemon cookies as a small gesture of thanks. I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out, but he loved them!
My toddler and I also loved them…I’m going to have to make a double batch next time!

How to make the perfect 3 ingredient lemon cookies step-by-step.

Step 1: Grab your ingredients

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All you need is:
  • almond flour
  • one lemon
  • pure maple syrup
That’s it! (I know, crazy, right?!) Personally, I think the best part of this recipe is, you likely have all this stuff on hand! No weird ingredients needed!
Step 2: Zest your lemon

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It may be tempting to skip this step, but I promise you it’s worth it to add in the zest of one lemon. It really packs in the flavor!
Just be careful not to zest too deep, as you’ll get the pith (white layer).
Step 3: Juice your lemon

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Set aside your zest and squeeze the juice of one lemon. Yes, you can use bottled lemon juice, but fresh is tastier.
Step 4: Combine your ingredients and mix


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Take your lemon zest, 1 cup of almond flour, and 1/4 cup of maple syrup and mix them together by hand.
(You can see I had a cute little helper for this part!)
Step 5: Freeze your dough

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Once you have everything well-incorporated, form a ball with your dough, wrap it in cling wrap, and pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes or so.
Step 6: Scoop your cookies

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These lemon cookies work best if they are small, so I used my small cookie scooper to measure out almost-perfect even amounts of dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
If you don’t have a cookie scooper, just use a small spoon. Each cookie will use about a tablespoon of cookie dough.
The lemon cookies won’t spread or rise, so you don’t have to worry about leaving lots of room if you have a small pan.
This lemon cookie recipe will make about 12 small cookies.
Step 7: Make a criss-cross pattern with a fork

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Gently press down on each cookie ball with a fork that has been lightly dipped in water. Repeat in the opposite direction to make a criss-cross pattern.
This will help the lemon cookies bake more evenly and also give them a nice texture.
Step 8: Bake

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On your mark, get set, BAKE! (Any other Great British Baking Show fans in the house?!)
Bake the lemon cookies at 350 degrees for about 9-12 minutes. Keep a close eye on them and don’t let them get dark. Almond flour will taste bitter if it gets overbaked.
The lemon cookies will still be soft when they come out of the oven.
Step 9: Cool completely.
I know it will be tempting to grab one and eat it right away…but these cookies need some time to cool and harden.
I usually keep them right on the pan and let them cool slowly.
Step 10: Enjoy!

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Enjoy these with a hot cup of tea or a tall glass of ice water. Yummm!!!

3 Ingredient Lemon Cookies

  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (not pancake syrup!)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • Zest and juice 1 lemon.
  • Combine almond flour, lemon juice/zest, and maple syrup in a bowl and stir by hand until well-incorporated.
  • Form dough into a ball and wrap in cling film, freeze dough for 10 minutes.
  • While dough is freezing, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Scoop dough into about 12 small balls.
  • Dip a fork lightly in water and press a criss-cross pattern into each cookie.
  • Bake for 9-12 minutes.
  • Let cookies stand on the baking sheet until very cool.
  • Enjoy!
This recipe is so versatile, you can tweak it to make almost anything! Orange cookies, snickerdoodle,  strawberry, peanut butter, simple vanilla….the options are endless, so be sure to pin this recipe for later!

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  1. KatMcCon March 30, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    How much lemon juice would you say? I have bottled. I know, I know, much better fresh. But I never have all the ingredients for recipes, when I want to make it now!

    1. Marianna April 14, 2019 at 10:57 am

      I’d start with 2 tablespoons and taste the batter to see if it needs more. Good luck!

    2. Neha July 23, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Hi! I squeeze all my lemons and freeze it. You will always have “fresh” lemon juice on hand.

  2. Suzanne April 25, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    This looks so good! I love to have a recipe with simple ingredients to make up quickly!

  3. Amber April 28, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Can you substitute regular flour for the almond?

    1. Marianna May 4, 2019 at 11:53 am

      You could try, but I don’t think it would turn out the same, and definitely not taste the same! 😉

  4. Brenda May 2, 2019 at 9:56 am

    I have Celiac Disease and these look SO good! I am definitely trying this! I understand the use of almond flour from a paleo standpoint…for those with nut allergies what flour would you suggest as a substitute (or would you)?

    1. Marianna May 4, 2019 at 11:55 am

      You could try a mix of tiger nut flour and cassava flour!

  5. Claire May 5, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    How many tablespoons zest?

    1. Marianna May 11, 2019 at 10:37 am

      I’d start with about a Tablespoon of lemon zest and adjust according to your taste preferences. If you like it super-tart, you can always add more! 🙂

  6. Sam May 6, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Can I sub some maple syrup with stevia? Have you tried it and if so does it taste good?

    1. Marianna May 11, 2019 at 10:33 am

      I haven’t tried stevia, but if you try it, please let me know how it goes!

  7. Alanna Young May 6, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Do you think coconut flour would work?

    1. Marianna May 11, 2019 at 10:31 am

      It should work, but the texture will likely be more crumbly.

      1. Carlie June 30, 2019 at 7:01 pm

        I tried it with coconut flour and failed miserably. They wouldn’t stay together.

        1. Marianna July 14, 2019 at 1:34 pm

          Oh, dear! I’m sorry it didn’t work out…Coconut flour generally produces dry, crumbly baked goods. You may want to try adding more maple syrup or mixing another type of flour in with the coconut flour. Hope that helps!

  8. Kathy May 11, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Is there a substitution for the maple syrup?

    1. Marianna May 11, 2019 at 10:31 am

      You could try honey, but it will alter the texture and taste.

  9. Yehudis May 26, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    No Almond Flour in the house, would regular flour work and if I use the regular flour, what problems would I run into if I were to substitute it?

    1. Marianna May 31, 2019 at 9:49 am

      I don’t think regular flour would taste the same…but you can try it and see what happens!

  10. Molly June 7, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Is there a substitution for the Lemon? Lime maybe? Food allergies here.

    1. Marianna June 17, 2019 at 2:34 am

      Lime would be amazing!! Great idea!

  11. Debbie Can Zeeland July 3, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Hi I am super allergic (anaphylactic shock kind) to any it possible to use Robin Hood gluten free flour or the sobeys compliments been gluten free flour. Cannot use Bobs red mill because it may contain too many allergens. Thank you for any help

    1. Marianna July 14, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      Oh, my! Feel free to use any kind of flour that is safe for you to consume. <3

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