Low Calorie Lemon Cookies


Simple and delicious recipe for guilt free, low calorie lemon cookies!

LOW CALORIE TREAT DAY!? I’m always trying to create recipes that will fit into a low calorie diet. Counting calories is the best way to be flexible with your eating plan, while still able to maintain a healthy weight.

While these low calorie cookies are great any time of the year, Spring is the perfect time for lemon cookies!

recipe for low calorie lemon cookies only 71 calories each

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What makes these lemon cookies low calorie

The only swap I made here to save calories was in the butter. Most cookies like this are packed with butter and therefore, have many calories that come with it!

I haven’t browsed the butter/margarine selections at the grocery store in quite some time. I remember the rise and fall of margarine and their very harmful trans-fats, and never looked at options for butter again.

That was until one day when I thought about looking for low-calorie butter options to use for cookies. I did find one, and the low calorie lemon cookies turned out DIVINE! The butter I used was Country Crock light, which is just a blend of oils, water, and salt. No hydrogenated oils or artificial stuff in it.

stack of low calorie lemon cookies

Low Calorie Lemon Cookies

Delicious and fresh tasting low calorie lemon cookies
4.54 from 15 votes
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: low calorie
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 21 cookies
Calories: 71cal
Author: Amy Roskelley


  • 1 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoon light butter (35 cal per tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon lemon rind
  • 1 medium egg lightly beaten


  • In a food processor, mix all ingredients until a dough forms.
  • Chill in fridge for 1 hour.
  • Drop by tablespoon onto a sprayed cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and more lemon zest.


71 calories
14 g carbs
1.4 g protein
1.6 g fat


Calories: 71cal
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Because of the butter swap in this recipe, these low calorie lemon cookies not only have fewer calories, but the ingredients they contain are actually better for you than similar recipes. AND they taste amazing! I call that a win!

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Recipe for low calorie lemon cookies only 71 calories each!

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  1. Hi Amy, I just made these lemon cookies (along with your orange sugar cookies) and despite following the directions verbatim I noticed I don’t end up with formed cookies. The mixtures taste delicious and even the end result of these lemon cookies taste good but they form more of a “cake batter” than a dough. This made placing them on cookie sheets difficult as they spread even after chilling.
    Any tips or suggestions? Thanks!

  2. Modified this for AIP- 1.5c gluten free flour all purpose mix (2 tbsp of it was coconut flour to reduce gummy texture), 1/2c honey instead of sugar, 4 tbsp of coconut oil instead of 6tbsp of the low cal butter (yes, this increases calories significantly but it’s a cookie), zest from 1 lemon (juice from half), and one egg substitute from Bob’s red mill. Cookies needed to be pressed into flatter shape. Cooked great. A tiny bit dry. But not bad considering all of the substitutions. Thanks for a tasty treat.

  3. 5 stars
    These look yummy. Do you have a fitness site? I would love to follow. I am in PT for my shoulder and would love to improve my flexibility and range of motion and strength.

    1. Oh!! I bet you could. I was making these before I started using monk fruit sugar, and I have plenty to start testing it on these cookies. I’m sure they’d turn out great!

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