Gluten-free Lemon Cookies (vegan, paleo)

Gluten-free lemon cookies that are also vegan, paleo, easy to make and have a delicious frosting!

In January and February, I’m always in the mood for lemon. Winters are so grey here and citrus cheers me up.

Unlike some of my other cookie recipes, you can tell that these aren’t made with all-purpose flour (but don’t run away just yet!).

Those other cookies (especially these vegan peanut butter cookies, paleo vegan coconut flour cookies and paleo oatmeal cookies) have nut butters in them doing all kinds of magical things to the texture but I didn’t want to add anything to detract from the lemon flavor in these cookies.

But that doesn’t mean that these paleo lemon cookies aren’t delicious! They’re totally maple sweetened and surprisingly (and thankfully!) don’t taste a thing like maple syrup. I absolutely love the taste of maple – but not in my lemon goodies.

Vegan lemon cookies that are also paleo, easy to make and have a delicious frosting!

I want that lemon taste to shine through everything else. I used the lightest Grade A maple syrup in these cookies and recommend you do the same if you don’t want any maple flavor. Maple also worked great in this paleo lemon fudge!

With no eggs or gluten, I have no idea how these lemon cookies hold together so well but I’m not complaining!

Vegan lemon cookies that are also paleo, easy to make and have a delicious frosting!

This healthy lemon cookies recipe only calls for 2 tablespoons of coconut flour but you can’t just omit it and there’s no substitute for it. Just saying since someone always asks!

Some people have said in other posts of mine that oat flour works as a coconut flour sub (for a non-paleo version), but I’ve never tried it myself. If you try it out, please let us know in the comments!

Vegan lemon cookies that are also paleo, easy to make and have a delicious frosting!

I first posted this vegan lemon cookies recipe 4 years ago and am reposting them because I wanted to reshare them with the frosting recipe. It makes them so much more delicious!

They’re still great without but… make them with the frosting! :D

If you try these gluten-free lemon cookies, I’d love to hear what you think!

Substitution questions about these gluten-free lemon cookies?

  • Can I use something instead of coconut oil?

    I think butter or ghee would work (for a dairy-containing verison) as well as vegan butter (for a non-paleo version).

  • Can I use something instead of maple syrup?

    Honey would probably work if you don’t mind a bit of honey taste (for a non-vegan version). Honey + lemon is delicious together! If you want to use honey, bake them at 325 degrees F (162 degree C) instead of 350. Honey bakes quicker than maple syrup. But if you want just lemon taste, go with maple. Agave syrup would probably work, too.

    If anyone tries a keto version, I’d love to hear how you did it and how they came out!

  • Vegan lemon cookies that are also paleo, easy to make and have a delicious frosting!

  • Does it have to be blanched almond flour?

    You can use almond meal if you don’t mind the little bits of almond skin in your cookies. Hazelnut meal would also probably work but I think that’s a weird flavor combination with the lemon.

  • Can I use something instead of coconut flour?

    Unfortunately not. There’s not a good sub for coconut flour as it absorbs so much more liquid than other flours. I’ve heard of people using oat flour (if you can have grains) but I have absolutely no idea how much you’d need to use or if it’d be as tasty.

  • Can I use something instead of coconut butter in the frosting?

    Nope! Like I said in my post on how to make coconut butter, these’s no sub for it.

Vegan lemon cookies that are also paleo, easy to make and have a delicious frosting!

The Green Plate Club

I also wanted to share a bit about this great new meal planning site called The Green Plate Club. Some of you probably remember Kiersten from Oh My Veggies before she sold her blog in 2015.

She started this program so that she could put her focus on real-life recipes and not fancy dishes to impress others on social media (I don’t do fancy, either – hence all the cookies and no-bake treats :))

Green Plate Club

Green Plate Club is for anyone who:

  • Wants to transition to vegetarianism or plant-based eating, but isn’t quite sure where to start.
  • Needs nutritionist-approved meal ideas that the whole family will love.
  • Likes to cook a homemade meal, but doesn’t always have time.
  • Is frustrated with throwing away produce that has spoiled before you’ve had the chance to use it.
  • Dreads putting together a menu and shopping list each week.
  • Has decision fatigue when it comes to mealtimes.

Every week, you’ll get links to three printable meal plans and super convenient shopping lists: 5-Day Vegetarian, 5-Day Plant-Based, and 3-Day Flexitarian. You choose the one you want (you can pick different ones each week, if you want) and print it out, along with the week’s recipes. You also get access to the previous weeks’ meal plans and all of the other recipes.

There are also lots of helpful tips that will make your week’s cooking so easy. The recipes aren’t listed as being gluten-free but most are naturally gluten-free. Some others call for noodles, tortillas or such and then you can easily buy a gluten-free version.

And it’s only $6 a month. Or $4.16 if you sign up for a year. You can sign up (affiliate link) here! It’s definitely worth checking out. :)

  • Gluten-free lemon cookies that are also vegan, paleo, easy to make and have a delicious frosting!
  • Gluten-free lemon cookies that are also vegan, paleo, easy to make and have a delicious frosting!
  • Gluten-free lemon cookies that are also vegan, paleo, easy to make and have a delicious frosting!

Gluten-free Lemon Cookies (paleo, vegan)

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Gluten-free Lemon Cookies (vegan, paleo)
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  • Yield: 9 cookies

Ingredients

    For the cookies:

  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) refined coconut oil, melted1
  • 1/3 cup (80 milliliters) maple syrup (I used the lightest Grade A syrup, which results in no maple taste in the cookies)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 1/3 cups (133 grams) blanched almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons (17 grams) coconut flour, sifted if lumpy
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • For the frosting:

  • 1/4 cup (63 grams) coconut butter (NOT coconut oil!), softened but not melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) refined coconut oil, softened but not melted
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon (or more) lemon zest
  • 1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract (the amount will depend on your brand of extract and how lemony you want them)
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the coconut oil, maple syrup, lemon zest and lemon extract. Add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. The mixture might be thin and wet and much more like batter than dough. It might not be. Do not add any additional flour! Chilling will firm it up. Let the dough sit for 5 minutes and then place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until the dough is firm.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Roll into nine 35-gram balls. Place 3" apart on the prepared baking sheet and press the balls down slightly with your palm.
  4. Bake the smaller cookies for 10-12 minutes and the larger cookies for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies have lightly browned (not just the edges but also the middle of the cookies). The cookies may crackle a little.
  5. The cookies will still be very soft when you remove them from the oven. Let them cool on the pan completely.
  6. Prepare the frosting. Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend for about 20 seconds at medium or until totally smooth. Don't blend too long or it'll melt. You can also mix this by hand if your coconut butter and oil are soft enough. Spread a heaping tablespoon over each cookie.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Notes

  1. Using unrefined coconut oil would yield cookies with some coconut flavor

Recipe by  | www.texanerin.com

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  • Dani
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    September 27, 2016 @ 12:50 am

    Hi! These cookies are SO GOOD. Can they be frozen? If yes, how?

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    • Erin replies to Dani
      September 28, 2016 @ 9:37 am

      Hello! I’m not sure how well the lemon curd would freeze. If you had an option, I’d freeze the cookie dough and freeze that. If you’ve already made all the cookies, then I guess put them in an airtight bag / container and see how it goes. :) Sorry for my slow reply!

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  • Katie says
    September 22, 2016 @ 5:40 pm

    Glad to find your blog ! Full of fantastic recipes, especially this one. It’s on my baking list right now One question, can I use lemon juice instead of the extract Thanks :)

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    • Erin replies to Katie
      September 22, 2016 @ 8:25 pm

      I’m happy you found it, too! Welcome. :) One commenter used 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in place of the lemon extract. I haven’t tried it but she loved them! I hope you’ll enjoy the cookies. :)

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  • Orli says
    September 20, 2016 @ 9:04 pm

    These are delicious! I made them at the weekend, and just made them tonight but had to substitute the almond flour for ground walnuts because I ran out of almonds! they still worked very well! I added extra lemon zest and are delish!

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    • Erin replies to Orli
      September 20, 2016 @ 10:22 pm

      Ground walnuts worked here?! I’m really surprised. I wouldn’t have figured that’d pair well with the lemon flavor! I’m super happy that you liked them. :) Thanks for your comment!

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  • Peni says
    September 20, 2016 @ 8:41 pm

    Hi there. I am planning on making these tomorrow, so am getting my shopping list ready. Is blanched almond flour any different from plain almond flour? Over here (South Africa) I have only seen plain old almond flour.

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    • Erin replies to Peni
      September 20, 2016 @ 10:21 pm

      Blanched almond flour is also called blanched ground almonds. You could use non-blanched ground almonds, but then you’d have little specks of almond skin in your cookies. I prefer blanched for lighter flavored goodies like these lemon cookies. I hope you’ll enjoy them! :)

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  • Annette A. Penney says
    September 10, 2016 @ 4:43 pm

    The lemon cookies can’t be categorized as Paleo because chickpeas are included in “grains” for Paleo and as you know, Paleo means NO grains.

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    • Erin replies to Annette A. Penney
      September 10, 2016 @ 10:41 pm

      Actually, chickpeas aren’t grains or even pseudograins – they’re legumes (which also aren’t paleo). But it doesn’t really matter because there are absolutely no chickpeas, other legumes, or grains in this recipe . :)

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  • JS says
    August 11, 2016 @ 2:20 pm

    What can I substitute for the almond flour? We have dairy, peanut, tree nut, and soy allergies.

    Thank you.

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    • Erin replies to JS
      August 11, 2016 @ 7:13 pm

      Unfortunately, nuts flours aren’t interchangeable with non-nut flours. I’ve heard of people using sunflower seed flour but I’ve never tried it and have no idea if it’d work here. I’m also doubtful of how it’d taste in these light flavored lemon cookies. Sorry about that!

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  • Heather G says
    August 3, 2016 @ 5:25 am

    Hi Erin! I was looking for your zucchini brownie recipe and got sidetracked when I saw this recipe. I love lemon, so had to make these. I substituted agave for the maple syrup. I also didn’t chill the dough. I can’t be sure whether it affected the finished product, but the cookies tasted soft and chewy. If there had been coconut in them, I would’ve thought they were macaroons. Loved them!!! Thanks!! I’ll make the brownies tomorrow ;-)

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    • Erin replies to Heather G
      August 3, 2016 @ 10:07 pm

      Hi Heather! I’m so happy that they came out well for you. And that’s so interesting that some people don’t have to chill the dough. Mine is almost like a batter it’s so liquidy before chilling! And I love the idea of adding some coconut to these to turn them into macaroons. :) Thanks a bunch for your comment and I hope you’ll enjoy the brownies, too!

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  • Hannah says
    July 28, 2016 @ 8:29 pm

    Aquafaba does not taste like chickpeas at all! It truly is a miracle liquid!

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    • Erin replies to Hannah
      July 29, 2016 @ 11:34 am

      That’s good to know! I reaaally don’t like chickpeas. Thanks for your comment. :)

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  • Meredith Carpenter says
    July 26, 2016 @ 6:27 pm

    Can you use lemon essential oil instead of lemon extract?

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    • Erin replies to Meredith Carpenter
      July 27, 2016 @ 8:53 pm

      I’ve never used essential oil in baking. If you’ve done it before with success, I bet it’d work here, too. :)

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  • Gloria says
    July 21, 2016 @ 4:32 pm

    Loved these! I follow Wheat Belly so I subbed xylitol for the syrup and made up for the moisture with an egg and lemon juice from my zested lemons. These were so delicious I ate half the batch right when they came out!

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    • Erin replies to Gloria
      July 21, 2016 @ 8:55 pm

      Haha. I know that eating-half-the-batch problem all too well. ;) I’m happy you came up with a sugar-free solution and that you enjoyed them! Thanks for your comment. :)

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  • Anda says
    July 21, 2016 @ 12:13 am

    HI Erin,

    Do you think unrefined coconut oil would work for these cookies? I have that on hand instead of refined oil. Thanks! They do look very yummy!!

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    • Erin replies to Anda
      July 21, 2016 @ 8:21 am

      Hi Anda! That’ll work fine. :) The only difference is that the cookies will have some coconut taste to them. Enjoy!

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  • jen says
    July 20, 2016 @ 1:24 am

    hi. is the coconut flour absolutely necessary? i know you use a small amount in a few of your recipes but would it work if i just used all almond flour?

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    • Erin replies to jen
      July 20, 2016 @ 8:27 am

      Unfortunately you just can’t omit it. You could try adding more almond flour in the recipes that just call for a small amount (like a tablespoon or two), but it’d take quite a bit of experimenting and I’d hate for you to waste ingredients and / or not have the cookies come out exactly as they should. Coconut flour’s expensive but one bag should last you a long time so I recommend just getting a bag if you often do GF baking. :)

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  • Andrea says
    July 11, 2016 @ 2:44 am

    I love the cookies they turned out so good, I used fresh honey instead the maple, and coconut butter instead coconut oil. And the info nutritional that I found is 22 calories per cookie, 2 get of carbs, 1,1 of sugar 0.1 of protein. I hope this helps

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    • Erin replies to Andrea
      July 12, 2016 @ 9:06 am

      I’m surprised (but happy!) that they came out well using coconut butter instead of coconut oil. They have such a different texture! Thanks a bunch for your feedback. :)

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  • Nana says
    July 6, 2016 @ 2:01 am

    I made these awhile back, followed the recipe exactly and they turned out perfect! My friends loved them.

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    • Erin replies to Nana
      July 6, 2016 @ 10:19 pm

      Excellent! I’m happy to hear that. Thanks for your feedback! :)

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  • Kat
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    July 3, 2016 @ 8:38 pm

    These are absolutely my fav lemon cookies ever! So glad I have something that is healthy and tastes ridiculously awesome. Can’t say that very often, eh?

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    • Erin replies to Kat
      July 3, 2016 @ 11:55 pm

      Woohoo! So happy to hear that. :) And I’m with you – healthy treats are hard to come by. Thanks for your feedback!

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  • jill says
    June 27, 2016 @ 10:30 pm

    Hi, I’m allergic to nuts. Is oat flour ok?

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    • Erin replies to jill
      June 28, 2016 @ 5:51 pm

      Hi there! I’m sorry but the two aren’t interchangeable. Almond flour is only interchangeable with other nut flours. Sorry about that!

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  • yvonne herschberger says
    June 14, 2016 @ 3:30 pm

    Hi,
    Cant wait to try them, but wondering about carb content. How many carbs per cookie?

    Thanks,
    Vonnie

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    • Erin replies to yvonne herschberger
      June 14, 2016 @ 8:41 pm

      Hi there! I don’t have that info but you can copy and paste the recipe here for the nutritional profile, if you’d like. :) I hope you’ll enjoy the cookies if you try them!

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  • teresa says
    June 10, 2016 @ 8:32 am

    Mine didn’t turn out so well. They tasted good, but they didn’t look very good: very pale and dense on top and brown on the bottom. Could it be because I used extra fine almond flour? The dough didn’t look runny at all after I’d combined everything. I was able to roll balls after 5 minutes (no fridge). I did use the gram indications, not the cups and stuff…

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    • Erin replies to teresa
      June 10, 2016 @ 10:32 pm

      Hello! Did you by any chance use a dark colored pan? Like a black pan instead of a grey one? I live in Germany where black pans are standard and every cookie I’ve made on one of those pans comes out like you described! And when you say extra fine almond flour, do you mean finely ground almonds or defatted almond flour, which is powdery? If you used that, that could also explain your problem. I’m sorry they didn’t come out well! I hope the next batch will come out better if you try again. :)

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    • Tiffany replies to teresa
      August 31, 2016 @ 5:22 am

      I had the same case as yours. Used weight measurements, halved the recipe, and followed someone else’s modification, adding almond extract and chocolate chips. (I wish I had a lemon and lemon extract on hand!) The half-batch of batter was neither runny nor chilled, looked more like Russian tea cakes/snowball cookies/Mexican wedding cookies, and were 1 tbsp (~ 25 g) balls that finished in 10ish minutes on parchment paper on a metal sheet pan. They were lightly browned on the bottom, and the tops were pale. My almond flour is pretty fine.
      I thought they tasted pretty awesome and that this is a fantastic base recipe that I’d definitely use again for chocolate chip ball things or (especially) the lemon ones when I can get the extract! Maybe I’m easier to please, but they were still tasty cookies. :P

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      • Erin replies to Tiffany
        September 3, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

        The tops should be pale (like in the pictures) but the bottoms shouldn’t be browned, although I guess a little browned isn’t that bad. :) What kind of almond flour did you use? I’m happy you still enjoyed them! Thanks for your comment. :)

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  • Betsy says
    June 4, 2016 @ 3:02 am

    Should the lemon zest be dried or fresh?

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  • Mardelle says
    May 25, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

    Do you think these could be frozen? My granddaughter is visiting in a month and she has a dairy and egg allergy. Would like to make them ahead of time if possible.

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    • Erin replies to Mardelle
      May 25, 2016 @ 8:32 pm

      I think they would but I haven’t tried it so I can’t guarantee it. You could also freeze the dough in balls and bake them when she’s there. :)

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  • Sheree
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    May 16, 2016 @ 12:12 am

    Wow, first cookie I have ever made for the first time and they actually look exactly like your photo!! Can’t wait to eat them, they smell beautiful! Got stuck on a couple of things I was low on but a couple of substitutes and all good, so that makes them even more appealing. I LOVE your website, you actually reply to your readers!

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    • Erin replies to Sheree
      May 17, 2016 @ 10:14 pm

      Thanks! I’m so happy you like the website and the cookies. :) I hate it when I make something that doesn’t come out looking like the pictures so I totally understand how frustrating that can be. Thanks for your comment!

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  • Haley says
    May 6, 2016 @ 5:52 pm

    These sound so yummy, I love lemon cookies! Do you think it would work with buckwheat flour instead of almond flour? Only because thats what I have in my cupboard right now lol.

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    • Erin replies to Haley
      May 6, 2016 @ 7:54 pm

      Thanks! Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure that sub won’t work. Almond flour is only interchangeable with other nut flours and buckwheat has such a strong flavor that I don’t think you’d taste the lemon flavor at all. I honestly think they’d be pretty gross. ;) Sorry about that! Do you have almonds? You could make your own almond flour!

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      • Haley replies to Erin
        May 9, 2016 @ 5:47 pm

        Good to know! I have to get groceries today so I’m gonna pick up some almond flour :) can’t wait to make them later!

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        • Erin replies to Haley
          May 11, 2016 @ 11:05 am

          Yay! I hope you’ll enjoy them. :)

      • sally M replies to Erin
        May 27, 2016 @ 7:47 pm

        HI Erin–We love anything with Almonds–How do I make Almond Flour?? I have a bag full from the store–I add ground walnuts when I am breading Chicken etc–Sally

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        • Erin replies to sally M
          May 27, 2016 @ 8:39 pm

          Hello! Here’s a nice tutorial. :) I hope that helps!

  • Audrey says
    May 5, 2016 @ 7:46 am

    Can i substitute the lemon extract with lemon juice?

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    • Erin replies to Audrey
      May 5, 2016 @ 10:01 pm

      I think it’d work but I don’t think you’d taste it at all (it’s such a small amount of juice). I’d probably use vanilla instead and add more zest. :) I hope you’ll enjoy them!

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      • Kat
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        July 3, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

        I actually used fresh lemon juice & just added twice what was called for. You can definitely taste it! These are the BEST cookies EVER!!! :)

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        • Erin replies to Kat
          July 3, 2016 @ 11:56 pm

          So instead of 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract, you used 1 tablespoon of lemon juice? I’ll have to try that! Thanks for the tip and for your comments. :)

        • Kat
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          July 4, 2016 @ 12:49 pm

          Yep, I used about a TBSP of lemon juice — they were definitely lemony, which is why I love these so much!

        • Erin replies to Kat
          July 4, 2016 @ 8:17 pm

          Awesome! I’ll try that next time. Thanks again for your comments! :)

  • Christine Smith
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    April 27, 2016 @ 4:44 am

    Most paleo baking recipes leave me cold…either too complicated or just don’t taste very good. This one works! Great with lemon…though I added some chopped strawberries. Another batch I made with almond extract instead of lemon and added chocolate chips. Fabulous!

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    • Erin replies to Christine Smith
      April 28, 2016 @ 11:49 am

      I’m surprised (but happy!) that these came out well with chopped strawberries. I just figured they’d make the batter too wet and the result would be soggy cookies. I’ll have to try that next time! And I’ve made these with almond extract, too, but haven’t tried chocolate chips. Sounds delicious! Thanks a bunch for sharing your tips. :)

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  • Brittany
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    April 24, 2016 @ 4:15 am

    These have saved us during our month long paleo challenge! Most paleo desserts are loaded with eggs. These are amazing!! I substituted honey for maple syrup and it works perfectly.
    Here’s the best part!! I LOVE chocolate so tried these without the lemon and did cocoa powder and ground fresh raspberries instead. OMG talk about yummy fudgey real brownie like cookies. You must try it!!

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    • Erin replies to Brittany
      April 24, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

      Oh, yum! How much cocoa powder did you use? And did you make any other changes other than omitting the lemon and using honey? I can’t wait to try! I’m so happy that you liked the lemon version, too. :) Thanks a bunch for your comment and tips!

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  • Janell
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    April 18, 2016 @ 12:29 am

    Absolutely amazing cookies! Well done!

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    • Erin replies to Janell
      April 18, 2016 @ 12:49 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m happy you liked them. :)

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  • Isabelle says
    April 11, 2016 @ 6:03 pm

    I’ve already made a batch of these cookies and they are o delicious! but also look stunning. I was wondering if I could sub honey for the maple syrup next time?

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    • Erin replies to Isabelle
      April 11, 2016 @ 6:15 pm

      I’m pretty sure that’d work fine but I haven’t tried it! If you give it a try, let me know how it goes. :) Thanks a bunch for your feedback!

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  • Ashlyn says
    April 9, 2016 @ 10:31 pm

    I can’t wait to try these! Do you think they would freeze okay?

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    • Erin replies to Ashlyn
      April 10, 2016 @ 2:24 pm

      I think they would but I haven’t tried it so I can’t guarantee it. You could also freeze the dough and have freshly baked cookies when the mood strikes. :) I hope you’ll enjoy them!

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  • Natalie Angst
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    April 9, 2016 @ 9:42 am

    I just made these and they’re SO GOOD! I sprinkled some French lavender buds on top to make them look pretty and add some more flavor. I think next time I’ll put some lavender into the dough before I bake them :)

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    • Erin replies to Natalie Angst
      April 9, 2016 @ 8:20 pm

      Yummy! I love the lavender idea. Sounds wonderful. :) Thanks so much for your feedback!

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  • K. Harris
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    April 7, 2016 @ 6:14 am

    Such delicious lemony goodness!

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  • hanneke
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    March 28, 2016 @ 9:21 pm

    I made these cookies for an outdoor club I run and they were stunningly delicious!! All the kids (and adults!) loved them! So much better than feeding them all sugar and palm oil laden crap!

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    • Erin replies to hanneke
      March 29, 2016 @ 6:14 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that they were a hit! And I’m totally with you. I’d take these over junk-filled cookies any day! Thanks so much for your feedback. :)

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  • Jessica
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    March 25, 2016 @ 4:20 pm

    Can’t wait to make these! I’m low starch and eggs don’t sit too well with me, so this is the perfect ingredient list! I’ve seen somewhere else (I think the Low-Histamine Chef) where someone uses the chickpea brine, but I had forgotten about it. I’m wondering just how many eggs you can get away with replacing. So many grainfree recipes call for a ton. I use flax eggs for quick breads or cookies, but only if I need to replace 2 eggs. I’m thinking the whipped brine would help with the rise, where the flax really doesn’t. Time to experiment!

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    • Erin replies to Jessica
      March 26, 2016 @ 7:50 pm

      Good luck with the experimenting! I still haven’t tried. And I’m with you – grain-free vegan baking is tough! I really have no idea how these even hold together without any binder but I’m certainly happy that they do. ;) I hope you’ll enjoy the cookies!

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  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
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    February 28, 2016 @ 6:24 pm

    Scrumptious! There is something magical that happens when melted coconut oil and pure maple syrup are combined with grain free flours that helps bind everything together in cookie form without using eggs or flax. I’ve never tried chickpea brine though. Your Paleo Lemon Cookies look divine, Erin! Cannot wait to try them soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Gia says
    February 24, 2016 @ 5:43 pm

    These cookies were AMAZING! I was searching all over for a great paleo-friendly lemon cookie and glad to say my search is over :) I would have taken a pic of the final product, but they have all been eaten, hahaha

    Can’t wait to make another batch of these in the future!

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    • Erin replies to Gia
      February 24, 2016 @ 9:06 pm

      Oh, yay! I’m happy that your search is over, too. :D Thanks a ton for your feedback!

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  • Andi @ The Weary Chef says
    February 23, 2016 @ 7:27 pm

    I’m a big fan of lemon cookies! These look so yummy! And perfect for me cause they are gluten free! YUM!!

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  • Joanie @ Zagleft says
    February 23, 2016 @ 5:58 pm

    I love all desserts with lemon and these cookies look fantastic! I’m now curious about aquafaba, I’ve never heard of it as a substitute for eggs – so interesting!

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    • Erin replies to Joanie @ Zagleft
      February 23, 2016 @ 9:59 pm

      Isn’t it? I have no clue how someone came up with that idea.

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  • Kim Beaulieu says
    February 23, 2016 @ 6:41 am

    I love lemon cookies so very much. Lemon cookies are everything. I love how thick these are, I bet they are fabulous.

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  • Jenny | Honey and Birch says
    February 23, 2016 @ 4:55 am

    These cookies sounds delicious!!

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  • Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says
    February 23, 2016 @ 4:31 am

    These cookies not only sound amazing, but look so so good!!

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  • Katerina @ Diethood says
    February 22, 2016 @ 7:44 pm

    Oh my! These cookies sound sooo delicious and lemony! I have a special place in my heart for lemon, too.

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  • Justine | Cooking and Beer says
    February 22, 2016 @ 6:41 pm

    I’ve seriously had my eyes on these cookies for the past few days! They look delicious and I can’t believe they are paleo!

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  • Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) says
    February 22, 2016 @ 12:19 pm

    Those cookies look delightful — so pillowy.

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  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen says
    February 21, 2016 @ 7:16 pm

    From the looks of your cookies, you’ve done everything perfectly. I love how plump and delicious they look. I would never guess they’re gluten free and paleo.

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  • Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish says
    February 20, 2016 @ 11:10 pm

    They baked up perfectly!! Paleo baking is near impossible for me!

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  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
    February 20, 2016 @ 4:51 am

    I love practically anything lemon-flavored and these cookies look scrumptious!

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  • Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen says
    February 20, 2016 @ 3:22 am

    I love all lemon desserts, so these are totally calling my name. And HOW COOL about the chickpea liquid as an egg substitute. It makes sense – the thickness of it…so interesting!

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
    February 19, 2016 @ 1:45 pm

    THESE! These are pillowy cookies perfection <3 O goodness, paleo AND vegan <3 My dreams!

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    • Erin replies to Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
      February 19, 2016 @ 8:01 pm

      Haha. I was so happy to finally post something that’s paleo and vegan! It’s not the easiest combination, unless you’re doing protein balls or something like that. ;)

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  • Alexa [fooduzzi.com] says
    February 19, 2016 @ 3:13 am

    OMG! Freaking out over these cookies!! Lemon is my favorite flavor, especially this time of year! Must must must give these a try ASAP!

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    • Erin replies to Alexa [fooduzzi.com]
      February 19, 2016 @ 8:01 pm

      I hope you’ll love them! And yes. Lemon is the best! Especially right now. :D

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  • sara
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    February 19, 2016 @ 1:13 am

    Hi!! Long time fan of your blog. I cook with aquafaba all the time and no, you cannot taste or smell the chickpeas at all in the baked goods!! Seriously, my teen boys would not eat anything that smelled bad.

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    • Erin replies to sara
      February 19, 2016 @ 8:03 pm

      Hi, Sara! That’s good to know. I may have to try it! I’d love to post more vegan recipes or at least more recipes with a vegan option listed. Thanks a ton for letting me know! :)

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  • Charlotte Moore
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    February 19, 2016 @ 1:03 am

    Lemon is a flavor my husband isn’t too crazy about except in a lemon icebox pie. However, I LOVE lemon and coconut in cookies, muffins, and quick breads. I don’t like lemon icebox pie. HAHAHA!!

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    • Erin replies to Charlotte Moore
      February 19, 2016 @ 8:04 pm

      Hahaha. You two seem so incompatible when it comes to baked goods. ;) It’s like my husband. He’d be happy eating veggies all day, which I hate, but he’s not a big fan of sweets. I just don’t get it. :D

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