Lemon Tree Hugger Cookie Recipe

Have you ever had a lemon tree hugger cookie? It’s a variation on a citrus cookie with crunchy lemon granola. If you like citrus flavors, then this is the treat for you. Lots of fruity flavor and plenty of crunch from the granola.

Here are the ingredients that you need to make these lemon tree hugger cookies.

For the citrus cookies:

  • ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 10 lemons, zested
  • 4 limes, zested
  • 2 oranges, zested
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

For the lemon granola:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 lemons, 3 zested, 1 juiced
  • ⅓ cup honey or agave nectar
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil, plus more for the pan


Here are the directions that you need to follow in order to make these citrus-infused cookies.

1. Heat the oven to 375°F.

2. Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream on high until homogenous, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and all of the citrus zests and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.

3. Add the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda, mixing until just combined, about 30 seconds. Mix in the granola, if using.

4. Portion 2¾-ounce scoops of dough 2 to 3 inches apart onto a greased or lined baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 9 to 10 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool completely on the pan.

For the lemon granola:

1. Heat the oven to 250°F.

2. Toss together the oats and salt in a medium bowl.

3. Whisk the zest, lemon juice, honey, and oil together in a small bowl. Add to the oats and toss until well coated.

4. Spread the mixture evenly on a greased or lined baking sheet. Bake the granola for 25 to 30 minutes, breaking up clumps and tossing every 10 minutes, until caramelized. Let cool completely, by which point the granola should have become crunchy (it will still seem wet and mushy when warm). Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.