Lemon Raspberry Cookies

Lemon Raspberry Cookies

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I’m playing this fun game with myself called “let’s pretend it’s Spring!” I can’t handle winter any more. And this is the time of year when it can get hard to live in Seattle. When you check the 10 day forecast and there is just nothing but clouds and rain for 10 days.

Lemon Raspberry Cookies

Even as someone who has lived here for forever and ever- it can start to mess with your mind by March. I will begin hallucinating mirages of sun breaks soon. But until then I go outside and stare at my blooming crocus, snowdrop, daffodils and hyacinth and try to remind myself that real Spring HAS to be right around the corner. Then I go inside and bake a batch of something like these Lemon Raspberry Cookies and pretend it’s here already.

Lemon Raspberry Cookies

I always associate lemon with spring- I guess because it’s so bright and sunny in flavor. And raspberries too- I know that they are a summer fruit, but we are talking about a physiological game here! I used Trader Joes Freeze Dried Raspberries which give the flavor and color of raspberries without the added moisture which would make cookies hard to work with. It is a lovely combination, and maybe they will help me smile through another few days of this dreadful winter!

Lemon Raspberry Cookies


Recipe: Lemon Raspberry Cookies


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1.2 ounce bag of freeze dried raspberries
  • ¼ cup white sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and prepare two sheet pans with silpats or parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, zest and lemon juice and whip until creamy.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and then add it to the batter.
  4. When the cookie dough is combined, gently fold in the freeze dried raspberries.
  5. Scoop the cookie dough and roll it around in the 1/4 cup sugar and put it on the prepared sheet pan.
  6. When the pans are filled, bake them at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool and then serve immediately or store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

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  1. Vicki B says:

    The name of these cookies alone is a mood booster! Brilliant use of dried raspberries. Winters in Iowa and Nebraska used to make me feel the same way. I’ll never forget walking into a green house in full bloom with flowers one winter when I thought I’d go stark raving mad. I also took to lighting candles first thing in the morning to help with serotonin. Totally unscientific but it seemed to help.

    • Candles is very interesting Vicki! I have a fluorescent “mood” light that I am going to go get a plug for today :)

  2. VILMA says:


    • This is true Vilma!! I thought you would like to hear that Seattle has just proposed a 65 million dollar revamp of the market- so looks like things will only get better!

  3. We’re all getting a little stir crazy here in the Northeast, too. Here in upstate Ny we still have over a foot of snow on the ground and below freezing temperatures.

    So, thank you, Heather, for cheering us up with this yummy recipe. We really need it!

    • Thanks Kelley!! I hope they add the tiniest bit of “sunshine” to your day. Goodness knows we all need it!

  4. Oh wow!! Loving this flavour combo for cookies – they are a breath of fresh air!

  5. nicole says:

    super excited to make these…but I have a question: you have sugar on here twice, are you using 2 different types of sugar? or is there a total of 1 3/4 cups sugar or which measure do you use? thanks!!!!

    • Nicole- the 1/4 cup sugar at the end of the recipe is to roll the cookie dough balls in before yous et them on the prepared sheet pan!

  6. Lemon and raspberry. What a yummy combination! Must pin for later. :)

  7. What lovely cookies! I can hardly wait for spring. It has been a long, long winter!

  8. Looks like a good excuse to buy those dried freeze dried berries at TJ’s? They sell blueberries too I think … hmmm … thanks for the inspiration, Heather!

  9. Lemon and raspberry is wonderful together and speaks of Spring to me. Here in the Washington DC area we are going a little stir crazy too. Spring is coming though.

    • Norma- I suspect everyone has been so battered this winter that we are a little demoralized! I just really need some sunshine badly!! you are right- it will be here soon!

  10. Gorgeous cookies, they sound like spring to me which I love!

  11. Lemon raspberry cookies?! I can’t think of a tastier combo :) Love these!!!

  12. Debbie says:

    Have you tried this with Gluten Free flower?

    • Hi Debbie- the recipe should work well if you can tolerate eggs and dairy? Then if you used cup4cup flour it would be perfect. You could also try another brand with about 1/2 teaspoon of anthem gum.