Honey Lemon Cookies

Whip up a batch of this moist and low calorie cookies flavored with honey and lemon.

 Honey Lemon Cookies - Low Calorie, Low Fat Dessert Recipe- perfect for something sweet at night

Cookies for Mother’s Day?!  Oh yes especially when they have honey and lemon in them.  These Honey Lemon Cookies are so decadent and moist.  I first saw a recipe for them on Cooking Light where the addition of honey particularly intrigued me.  I was looking for a different cookie to make with my daughter for Easter and they caught me eye.  Moreover, I thought I could make them a little healthier with some whole wheat flour and reduce the fat a little more. Voilá.

 Honey Lemon Cookies - Low Calorie, Low Fat Dessert Recipe- perfect for something sweet at night

The first time my daughter and I made these was for Easter.  I had bought some cute edible paper decorations in the shape of little chicks and rabbits.  My daughter was owing and ahing over them.  What a disaster the decorations were.  They had paper on the back that needed to be pulled off, but it would not come off.  Eventually we decided to try sprinkles.   Quickly we realized it was too late, the icing had dried and we could not get sprinkles to stick to them.  I was thinking “Oh no, what a bust”.  Then we tasted them.  My daughter and I started doing the “happy dance”.   Who cares if the decorations did not stick?  On the positive side, they were notably good.  In fact so good that we kept them to eat rather than sending them to my hubby’s work. It wasn’t a smart decision where the diet was concerned but oh they were so good.  Even my hubby was happy to munch on them and he is not a big sweet eater.

As it turns out, it was a happy happenstance.  As a result of  wanting to share them with you all, we had to make them again.  Oh what a hardship that was.  These are quick, easy cookies to make and so tasty.  They also go perfectly with my Mother’s Day Tea.  A light dessert is definitely a nice way to end the meal plus the happy memories of making them with my daughter make them more special.  Who could ask for more on Mother’s Day!

 Honey Lemon Cookies - Low Calorie, Low Fat Dessert Recipe- perfect for something sweet at night
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Honey Lemon Cookies

Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 22 minutes
Servings 32 cookies
Calories 81 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 3 tbsp light butter softened
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 150 grams
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour 60 grams
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup plain 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Sprinkles or Lemon Zest for decoration


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine sugar, butter and lemon zest. Beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add honey, lemon extract and egg and beat until well combined.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add one-third of the flour and combine well. Then stir in half of the yogurt. Repeat ending with the last third of the flour.
  6. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. Drop a level tablespoon of batter onto the cookie sheet leaving a 2 inch border between the cookies.
  7. Bake for about 12 minutes or until cookies are lightly brown.
  8. While cookies are baking, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice.
  9. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, use a pastry brush to paint on the glaze. Sprinkle immediately with sprinkles or lemon zest, if using.
  10. Place cookies directly on the wire rack and cool completely.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 4 Weight Watcher smart points .

Nutrition Facts
Honey Lemon Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Sugars 10g
Protein 1g 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Adapted from Cooking Light Lemon-Honey Drop Cookies

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  1. I just bought a 4lb bag of lemons because it was cheaper than buying them individually...only needed 4. Now I know what to do with the rest - pinning this. I like your leafy spoon, too - very cutsie!!
  2. Yum these cookies look devine! Perfect with a cup of tea for an afternoon treat :)
  3. Barbara says
    These cookies look very tasty and I would like to make them. What is "light butter"? Thanks - Barbara
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Barbara, There are a number of "light" butters on the market that are all lower in fat and calories. Brummell & Brown and Land O Lakes Light Salted butter are the ones I like to use but there is also Smart Balance and a few others.
  4. I love the way your pictures are doing!! Yummy looking cookies! Thanks for sharing on Show Me YOur Plaid Monday's!
  5. Love your blog! I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/tgif-link-party-2.html The party opens Thursday night and closes on Wednesday night at midnight. Please, invite your friends to party too! The more the merrier! Hugs, Cathy
  6. these look fabulous. i'm loving anything with lemon in it right now. i'd love for to link this up over at my blog. http://thevelvetmoonbaker.blogspot.ie/2013/05/sweet-and-savoury-sunday-11.html
  7. I love lemon and cookies!!
  8. I LOVE honey and lemon! And i adore that you used Greek yogurt!! All over these cookies! Pinned
  9. Paula - bell'alimento says
    I could use a few of these to go along with my tea today! Lovely.
  10. Charlotte Moore says
    I do love lemon. Like coconut with lemon too. I wasn't able to click on the cranberry chicken salad.


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