Chewy Citrus Gingerbread Cookies

Whether you use orange or meyer lemons, this citrus twist on gingerbread cookies is absolutely amazing!
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I found a bag of Meyer lemons recently…and it was like striking gold in the middle of winter. Like finding a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. How they were in stock, I don’t know. I can’t even remember where I found them, but I do remember that I might have gasped and reached for that bag as quickly as humanly possible.

stack of Chewy Citrus Gingerbread Cookies in red plate

I’ve hoarded them. My son eats them plain, enjoying the sour tang of them. A zesty taste that’s right between a lemon and an orange, these little jewels are amazing to bake with.

I knew immediately that I was going to try them with gingerbread cookies. The chance to play around with Meyer Lemons comes so rarely that I wanted to try it out on a combo that is one of my favorites. Citrus and gingerbread are a match made in heaven.

stack of Chewy Citrus Gingerbread Cookies in red plate

While you may not have Meyer Lemons – as they show up on rare occasions and then disappear again for months – you can use orange or lemon for these cookies. The sugar will coat the zest and add the needed sweetness to the outside of the cookies.

Happy Christmas baking everyone!



Chewy Citrus Gingerbread Cookies

Whether you use orange or meyer lemons, this citrus twist on gingerbread cookies is absolutely amazing!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup fancy molasses
  • 2 tablespoons citrus juice orange lemon or Meyer Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon citrus zest
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons citrus zest


  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 °F.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg followed by the molasses and citrus juice & zest.
  • Mix in dry ingredients until they are thoroughly incoporated.
  • Combine the white sugar and zest and place in a bowl.
  • Roll the dough into one inch balls and swirl around the in white sugar/zest mixture unti coated.
  • Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are crispy and set.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on the sheets.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 151kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 124mg, Potassium: 70mg, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 185IU, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 0.8mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Goldenwookie says

    Made these cookies today. Wow!  Guessed at the temperature (350) as the recipe doesn’t share that.  But the aroma in the kitchen was fantastic, as were the finished product.  Thank you for the recipe

  2. KimberleyJohnson says

    I`m in the middle of making these cookies and I`m just about to roll them in sugar/zest  but the recipe doesn`t list the temperature for the oven?  350?

  3. Pamela Marriott says

    loks someone posted some instructions. they look good to me.

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