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Lemon-Zucchini Cornmeal Cookies


These lemony cookies are an easy treat to make up for fall celebrations.

  • Yield: Makes 25 cookies

Source: Everyday Food, September 2009


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon packed finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 cup fine cornmeal
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated on small holes of a box grater (about 1 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until pale and fluffy. Stir in vanilla, lemon zest, and salt. Add flour and cornmeal and mix until mixture is crumbly. Add zucchini and stir until a thick dough forms.

  2. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until cookies are light golden brown at edges, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cool completely on wire racks.

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  • l2015
    20 JUL, 2015
    These cookies turned out great and were a big hit at the party I brought them to. I followed other commenters' tips of making sure to use course salt, which I think is definitely the right thing to do. The only thing was that these cookies were flatter and thinner than the pictures, and less rounded at the edges.
  • Sonya5
    5 SEP, 2013
    These are mmmmmmmmm good. They are addictive and the salt really pops. They're crunchy outside and soft inside. Highly recommended recipe!
  • mmckee
    12 SEP, 2011
    These are delicious! I'm not sure if grating the zucchini so finely made it juicier, but I squeezed as much moisture out as I could after grating, and the texture of the finished cookies was great. The flecks of salt are so tasty. I highly recommend giving these a try!
  • tkmaz
    31 OCT, 2009
    OMG. Delish!!!!! MUST use coarse salt - that salty/sugary combo just goes POW! Loved it! My kids even ate these...ha ha...hiding veggies inside! ;) The people who didn't like these had underdeveloped tastebudes or did something worng.... OUTSTANDING!
  • misserin
    4 OCT, 2009
    I made these and they were really good. Turned out perfectly. I made them a bit smaller and got 32 cookies from 1 batch.
  • gladiola
    30 SEP, 2009
    What is the reason for mixing the butter and the sugar with a wooden spoon? Are there no eggs or baking soda/and or powder in this recipe?
  • LIzatbeach
    30 SEP, 2009
    I tried making these and they were not good. Don't know what I did wrong, followed the recipe exactally, except I doubled the batch- but still only got 25 cookies, using rounded tablespoon, ??? Did not look like the pic and did not taste good. I was sure an ingredient must be missing from the recipe. No??