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Lemon Oatmeal Cookies

My grandmother always made these cookies for us for Christmas, and now I have inherited that task. I make them throughout the year because I enjoy baking a lot. With rich cream cheese in the dough and the sugary almond topping, a batch doesn’t last long at our house!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    4-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • Sugar
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


  • In a large bowl, cream the shortening, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, lemon peel and extract. Combine the flour, oats and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Beat egg and egg white; brush over dough. Sprinkle with sugar; top with almonds.
  • Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 83 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Betsy
    Mar 24, 2019

    Fabulous cookies. Did not add topping. Could use another teaspoon of lemon zest. Will definitely make again. In the freezer they go for lunches this week.

  • myrickidon
    Dec 14, 2014

    My family loved these and asked me to fix them AGAIN, please! Very easy and fast.

  • Cynthemis
    Apr 1, 2014

    I was intrigued by the idea of combining oatmeal with lemon as it is unexpected. The recipe was easy to make and the resulting cookie did not have the typical oatmeal texture, instead it was very light with a bright burst of lemon. They are a hit with everyone who has tried them. I will definitely make Lemon Oatmeal cookies again.

  • crankyankee
    Jul 24, 2013

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  • sandycinmd
    Nov 29, 2012

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  • Kris Countryman
    Sep 24, 2012

    I was looking for something different and the lemon in this oatmeal cookie was just wonderful. Great recipe.

  • Punskee
    Dec 10, 2009

    My Church had a Christmas Cookie Exchange contest. I had a team of six boys and girls and we baked this cookie. We won the contest. Everyone LOVED this cookie. The kids and I had a good time baking it. This will definately be a cookie I will bake over and over again.