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Raspberry Cookies

Soft and fluffy raspberry cookies are easy to make and bursting with flavors of fresh lemon zest and a sweet lemon glaze. The bright fruity flavors mixed with the buttery cookie base are a match made in heaven!

Raspberry cookies on counter.
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I love to make all types of fruit desserts during the spring and summer. The flavors are so bright and refreshing. These raspberry cookies are a favorite, as well as mini fruit tarts, glazed lemon cookies, strawberry crumb bars and lemon bars.

Let’s talk about the lemon and raspberry flavor combination. The sweetness from the raspberries combined with the bright zing from the lemon is irresistible and tastes just like summer. Then combine those flavors with the buttery and creamy cookie base, followed by the lemon powdered sugar glaze. Does it get any better than that?!

These raspberry cookies taste like a mix between a scone and a shortbread cookie. They have a soft and thick texture with a slight crumble. Trust me, they are absolutely delicious. Everyone was begging for more!

Why You Will Love These Cookies

  • Soft and chewy: The interior of these raspberry cookies is so fluffy!
  • Bright flavors: Sweet raspberries and tangy lemon pair perfectly with a lovely sweetness and mild zing.
  • Stunning look: These cookies are truly beauties to look at with their bright pink and red color and then lemon glaze.
  • Seasonal favorite: These lemon raspberry cookies are breath of fresh air in the spring, taste like raspberry lemonade in the summer and yet would look beautiful on a holiday cookie platter, too!

Recipe Ingredients

If you love raspberries, you need to give these egg-free cookies a try!

Raspberry cookie ingredients on counter.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • All-purpose flour: This gives the cookies structure! I have not tried it with any other flour including gluten-free flour or almond flour.
  • Granulated sugar: Balances the tart flavors with sweetness and gives the sugar cookies their crisp edges.
  • Baking powder: Since these cookies have no egg, this gives the cookies some lift and rise.
  • Salted butter: Cubed cold butter is used to keep these cookies fluffy. If you are using unsalted butter, you may need to add a pinch of salt to the dough. I have not tried this with a plant based butter or vegan baking stick, but it may work.
  • Heavy whipping cream: This helps keep the raspberry cookies soft by adding a little fat.
  • Lemon: You will need fresh lemon that has been zested and juiced. Do not use bottled lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Frozen raspberries: Do not thaw your raspberries.
  • Lemon glaze: Fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar.

Fresh or Frozen Raspberries?

I recommend using frozen raspberries when making this raspberry cookies recipe. They are easier to fold into the dough than fresh raspberries (without getting all mushy) and are less watery. Frozen raspberries are still a bit fragile, so make sure to gently fold them into the dough.

Variations

  • If you love really lemon, you can add a little more zest into the dough. Check out these tips for how to zest a lemon.
  • You could make these without the lemon flavor if preferred. Omit the lemon juice and zest and add in a dash of vanilla extract for more flavor.
  • White chocolate chips would taste delicious mixed into the dough. Fold them in when you fold in the frozen raspberries.
  • Use a cream cheese glaze for a more rich and tangy flavor.
  • Omit the glaze all together or add a dusting of powdered sugar before serving.

How to Make Raspberry Cookies

Before starting to make these raspberry cookies, prep your baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350°F. This is important so your frozen raspberries do not have any chance to thaw and turn the batter blue!

Showing how to make raspberry cookies.
  • Cut butter with dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking powder. Mix butter in with a pastry cutter, whisk, or your hands until crumbly and combined. 
  • Add wet ingredients: Stir in heavy cream, lemon zest, and lemon juice just until combined and a thick dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add 1 more Tablespoon cream.
  • Add the berries: Gently fold or press in raspberries. Do not stir vigorously or your berries will become crushed and color the dough.
  • Scoop and bake: Using a large cookie scoop, spoon dough 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden around the edges. Let cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack.
  • Cool and glaze: Once cookies have cooled completely, combine glaze ingredients in a small bowl and drizzle over the cookies.
Pouring glaze onto raspberry cookies.

Expert Baking Tips

  • Cold butter. Similar to making homemade biscuits, you want to use cold cubed butter (I like to place mine in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes prior to using). This gives the raspberry cookies a soft and thick texture, with a bit of crumble.
  • Cutting the butter. To cut the butter into the flour, you can use a pastry cutter, whisk or even your hands. This shouldn’t be a super smooth dough, so make sure not to over work it. Mix until the ingredients just barely come together.
  • Fold raspberries gently. Try not to get heavy handed when folding in the frozen raspberries. Take your time and fold them in gently, so that they stay intact for the most part.
  • Drop cookies. Is there anything easier than a drop cookie? No rolling the dough or flattening the cookie dough balls out. Simply use a spoon (or cookie scoop) to drop the cookies onto the baking sheet. That’s it!
  • Don’t overbake. These raspberry cookies only need to bake for about 12 to 15 minutes. Every oven is different, so make sure to keep an eye on them. Take them out when the edges are lightly golden, but not fully brown. If you bake them too long, they won’t be as soft and the texture will dry out.
  • Let cool. Make sure the cookies have cooled completely before adding the glaze. If they are still warm, the glaze could melt.

FAQs

Why are my raspberry cookies blue?

This happens when the juice from the raspberries reacts with the baking powder. You cookies may also look a little gray or even a greenish color. To avoid this, make sure to add your frozen berries to the cookie batter last, stir gently so as to not disturb them and bake immediately. If you need to bake subsequent pans, keep dough chilled until ready to bake remaining batter.

Can I make the dough ahead of time?

Yes, if you do not add the raspberries to the batter you could make the dough ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.

Why are my cookies hard after they have cooled?

If you have over baked your cookies they will start to harden as they cool. Take your cookies out of the oven right as they start to turn golden brown at the edges. Also, be sure to store your cookies in an airtight container as soon as they are cool.

How do I keep the cookies moist and chewy?

If you find that your raspberry lemon cookies do not have as much chewy texture as you would like, try under baking the cookies next time. You could also add a teaspoon of cornstarch to the dough as that helps prevent gluten development.

Stack of raspberry lemon cookies.

How to Store Raspberry Cookies

Once the cookies have cooled completely, store in a zip top bag or airtight container at room temperature for about 4 to 5 days.

You can also freeze lemon raspberry cookies in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. You can either microwave a raspberry cookie directly from the freeze to enjoy it warm or let the cookie thaw on counter for a few hours before enjoying.

Raspberry cookies on parchment paper.

If you love desserts with a hint of lemon try this lemon sugar cookie recipe, lemon cake mix cookies, lemon blueberry muffins or lemon poke cake!

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Raspberry Cookies

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Soft and fluffy raspberry cookies are easy to make and bursting with flavors of fresh lemon zest and a sweet lemon glaze. The bright fruity flavors mixed with the buttery cookie base are a match made in heaven!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings: 24

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Ingredients 

Cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup salted butter , cubed
  • cup heavy whipping cream , plus more as needed
  • ½ lemon , zested and juiced
  • 1 cup roughly chopped frozen raspberries

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking powder. Mix butter in with a pastry cutter, whisk, or your hands until crumbly and combined. 
  • Stir in heavy cream, lemon zest, and lemon juice just until combined and a thick dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add 1 more Tablespoon cream. Gently fold or press in raspberries.
  • Using a large cookie scoop, spoon dough 2 inches apart onto the baking sheet.
  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden around the edges. Let cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Glaze

  • In a medium bowl, stir together powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
  • Drizzle over cooled cookies. Enjoy!

Notes

Variations:
  • If you love really lemon, you can add a little more zest into the dough. Check out these tips for how to zest a lemon.
  • You could make these without the lemon flavor if preferred. Omit the lemon juice and zest and add in a dash of vanilla extract for more flavor.
  • White chocolate chips would taste delicious mixed into the dough. Fold them in when you fold in the frozen raspberries.
  • Use a cream cheese glaze for a more rich and tangy flavor.
  • Omit the glaze all together or add a dusting of powdered sugar before serving.
Storage: The cookies will stay fresh stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.
Freezing: Store the baked cookies in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 218IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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