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Lemon Macadamia Cookie

I taunted you with these super simple lemon macadamia cookies a while back, but they were outvoted by the very delicious Hazelnut Chai Spice cookie.  But to all you lemon lovers, never fear, finally here it is, the recipe!

This is a personal favourite – it is so quick to make and tastes divine.  It is also gluten, dairy, grain, and low-fructose.  But a warning…you will not stop at one (at least I can’t)!

What’s so nourishing about them?
Well, firstly almonds are a rich source of protein, essential fats, and fibre.  They also contain antioxidants and mood elevating amino acids.  The macadamia nut oil is a very stable, primarily monounsaturated fat with an impressive fatty acid and mineral profile.  It adds a delicious, buttery flavour to the mix too.  Lemon zest is a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds.  Use the zest of a pesticide free or organic lemon so you are not ingesting the chemicals and wax often applied to the peel.

Makes 10-12 cookies

150 grams (1¼ firmly packed cups) almond meal
55 grams (¼ cups) of macadamia nut oil
50-85 grams (¼ cup approx) of brown rice syrup or raw honey (taste the batter and alter the sweetness to taste)
1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste or powder
The zest of one large organic lemon, finely grated
1 tablespoon of water (very important or they will spread)
Whole macadamia nuts to top (optional)

  1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees celsius.
  2. In a mixing bowl or food processor, combine all of the ingredients above until well combined (Thermomix 5-10 seconds, speed 5).
  3. Roll tablespoons of the mix with wet hands or just drop blobs onto a tray lined with baking paper.
  4. Flatten with the back of the fork and top with a macadamia nut.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until starting to brown on top. Enjoy!

Airtight in the fridge or freezer.

Choose brown rice syrup as your sweetener.

What do you think of these beauties?  Love your feedback in the comments below! 


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Lemon Macadamia Cookie

  • Emma

    Yum yum. I didn’t have any lemons so I used lime and it was really tasty and moist.

  • Sally

    Yum! Mine have just come out of the oven and about to enjoy with a cup of tea. Your recipes are getting a workout in my house! I’ve made Anzacs and these the last two weeks, plus the Healthy Grain salad is a staple now. I’m trying to bake something every Sunday (I’m late this week) for snacks, so I’m working my way through all of your recipes 🙂

    • That’s awesome Sally. Happy to inspire and thanks so much for taking the time to write me feedback. Enjoy, G x

  • Amy Goodman

    My little fella loves these! Yum and super easy to make x

    • Hi Amy, yes they’re super simple. Thanks for the feedback. He’s got good taste!! G x

  • Kymelle

    Yum!!! These are fantastic. I didn’t have lemon so added some cacao and cinnamon instead. Have made a double batch for after school snacks. Will they freeze ok? Thanks for another fab recipe! 🙂

    • Thanks Kymelle – yep, try them with hazelnut meal next time, like a nutella chocolate cookie. They freeze very well and are a fabulous after school snack, G x

  • Sally

    These are the best biscuits yet! So delicious and so easy. Thank you for sharing!

  • Tanya

    Could i substitute Evo for the macadamia oil do you think? And, by the way thank you for the work you do on your page .. my family and i really appreciate it! (OK not so much my family, but i do!!)

    • You’re very welcome Tanya, I’m sure your family will thanks you for it one day – lol! Yes you could, I’m just worried it will over power the lemon flavour?? Coconut oil is another option, or even butter, though I haven’t tested the butter G x

      • Tanya

        Thanks Georgia

  • Meredith Graham

    Divine! Thanks for the recipe. I actually didn’t have enough almonds so substituted with about 50g of walnuts to make meal. Still great though, and I love your site – thanks. 🙂

    • Oh good to know they worked out well with the walnuts, glad you enjoyed Meredith G x

    • Thanks Meredith for sharing your little tweak – great to know. Glad you are enjoying my site G x

  • Natalie Poteri

    Amazing!! I’ve made these goodies 4 or 5 times..my family love them. Definitely a winner!! Thanks Georgia 👍

    • Glad you like them Natalie, we love these too. Something about lemon and macadamia!! G x

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