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Lemon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten, Nut & Refined Sugar Free With Grain/Egg/Dairy Free Options

July 25, 2015

A cross between a lemon bar and shortbread, these lemon breakfast cookies have an amazing sweet lemon flavor to brighten your day! Stash them away in the freezer for busy mornings too!

Lemon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten, Nut & Refined Sugar Free With Grain/Egg/Dairy Free OptionsWe have been having the *best* summer.

I’m talking the perfect balance between fun and busy beach days, to lazy, sit in the sun days at home.

Lemon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten, Nut & Refined Sugar Free With Grain/Egg/Dairy Free Options

This summer I decided I was going to take a couple months “off” from getting up way before my kids so that I could just take a bit of a break from early mornings. I know they will be back come the start of the school year, so I gave myself a little permission to get a little extra sleep for the summer!

It has been so nice. For the most part we have been taking our mornings slow, and I have been relying on my staple breakfast cookies from my freezer stash on mornings that I have hungry kids before I’m able to turn the stove top on for eggs!

Lemon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten, Nut & Refined Sugar Free With Grain/Egg/Dairy Free OptionsI thought we needed a flavor change and this lemon breakfast cookie was born! These are now my husband’s top request to grab quick before he heads to work – and the girls liked the new flavor of breakfast cookie. (They definitely also have my approval to go with a hot cup of buttered coffee as well πŸ˜‰ )

A cross between a lemon bar and a shortbread cookie, these lemon breakfast cookies have a sweet lemon flavor and a really soft texture.

Lemon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten, Nut & Refined Sugar Free With Grain/Egg/Dairy Free OptionsThe batter is super quick enough to prep right in the morning while the oven preheats, or you can make up a double batch or so for the freezer so they are even more convenient. I am planning on having somewhat of a breakfast rotation schedule for the start of the school year to make mornings a no brainer and these will definitely be on the list!

Lemon Breakfast Cookies :: Gluten, Nut & Refined Sugar Free With Grain/Egg/Dairy Free OptionsIf you have lighter breakfast eaters, the mixture of protein, fat, and carbohydrate/fiber in the cookies will most likely be enough for a “meal” for them – there is a good balance. I have pretty big breakfast eaters, so I make our cookies slightly smaller and add hard boiled eggs/raw milk or a smoothie. Either way breakfast can be done really quick.

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5 from 3 votes

Lemon Breakfast Cookies

A cross between a lemon bar and shortbread, these lemon breakfast cookies have an amazing sweet lemon flavor to brighten your day! Stash them away in the freezer for busy mornings too!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon breakfast cookie recipe, lemon breakfast cookies
Servings: 7 cookies
Author: Renee -


  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey you can go with more if your kids are used to sweeter stuff - start with this and you can always add more though
  • 2 pastured eggs If you are egg free I think flax eggs or gelatin eggs will work for the bind - they just might not puff up as much which doesn't matter!
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour I think almond flouror more tapioca flour would work here if you are grain free
  • Zest & Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  • Blend the butter and honey with and beaters until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and beat until frothy.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and blend through until combined.
  • Roll balls of the dough and flatten to the size cookie you want on a silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet - they won't spread out so make them how you want them. Depending on how big you want your cookies you can get about 7 cookies out of this batch.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

For more real food breakfast ideas you can check out my Breakfast Ideas board on Pintrest!

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  • Reply Anna @Green Talk July 26, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    You had me at lemon! Love these cookies for breakfast.

  • Reply Megan Stevens July 26, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Mmm, I love the idea of butter and lemon together. The texture of these! <3

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish July 26, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    These sound amazing!!! I love lemon and would be so happy eating these for breakfast.

  • Reply Krista July 27, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    These sound wonderful. Is it salted butter you use? And to make it “soft”, do you let it warm a little at room temp, or whip it?

    • Reply Renee Kohley July 28, 2015 at 7:08 am

      Hi Krista! I use salted butter and it is at room temp πŸ™‚

  • Reply Janelle July 27, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Is there a substitute I could use for the coconut flour? I don’t like the taste of it.

    • Reply Renee Kohley July 28, 2015 at 7:08 am

      Hi Janelle! I don’t like the taste of coconut flour either! You can’t taste it in this recipe (and I can tell you that for sure because my husband *really* hates the taste of coconut flour!), but if you want to try using almond flour that would work great too – just double the amount!

  • Reply Carol July 28, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Love the idea of breakfast cookies and a quick nutritious start to the day ~ You are one organized mom! Have never used tapioca flour so will need to find that locally and then.. I am excited to try these. Love LEMON!!

  • Reply linda spiker July 28, 2015 at 10:05 am

    5 stars
    Beautiful recipe Rene. Pinned and shared!

  • Reply Tash July 28, 2015 at 11:52 am

    5 stars
    Lemon is my favorite flavor for all baked things πŸ™‚ I’m going to have to try these out!

  • Reply Elaina Newton (@TheRisingSpoon) July 28, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I have a weakness for lemon baked goods! I’ve never used tapioca or white rice flour, but I may need to run out and grab some so I can make these cookies!

  • Reply Karen July 28, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Do you think arrowroot would be an appropriate sub for the tapioca? Hate to run to the store for one thing πŸ™

  • Reply Nicole July 31, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Has anyone tried adding some protein powder (whey or other) in place of some of one of the flours? If so, what ratio did you used?

  • Reply Bess July 31, 2015 at 7:25 am

    These look amazing! How do you make the flax egg?

    • Reply Renee Kohley August 2, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Bess πŸ™‚ One flax egg is 1TB flax meal with 3TB water and stir – let it sit for a few minutes in the fridge while you make the rest of the batter and add it in!

  • Reply Sarah August 1, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    They look so delicious! And I’m glad that they’re sugar free!

  • Reply Cammie August 1, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I’m making these tomorrow! How many cookies does the recipe make, and about how many inches in diameter are they? Thanks!

    • Reply Renee Kohley August 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Cammie πŸ™‚ You can make them whatever size you want – I have never measured them but I get about 7 or so out of this batch!

  • Reply Jolena August 3, 2015 at 12:20 am

    I got 14 giant cookies out of this recipe. Yours must be crazy big! So good though

    • Reply Renee Kohley August 3, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Hi Jolena! I was totally thinking of my other breakfast cookie recipe – yes this recipe makes about 12-14 for me as well! Sorry about that! I’m glad you enjoyed them! They freeze up good so save some for later πŸ˜€

  • Reply Beth August 3, 2015 at 12:26 am

    OMG my new favorite cookie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Reply Renee Kohley August 3, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Beth! Oh good! Glad you liked them!

  • Reply Janet Sharpe August 4, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Hi..can I use regular eggs in this recip& if so, how many? Thank you!

    • Reply Renee Kohley August 5, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Hi Janet! The eggs in the recipe are regular eggs you are used to πŸ™‚ When I say “pastured” I mean the eggs coming from chickens that are raised on grass/pasture. They are just more superior in nutrition. Use what you have though πŸ™‚

  • Reply Shannon @ GrowingSlower August 28, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Hello! These look so yummy, and I have all the ingredients at home right now! Can’t wait to try them!

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  • Reply Rachael September 16, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I’m new to your blog via Pinterest. I’m loving what I see!! It’s so great to “meet” a like minded mama!

    I have a question about the honey. Does the baking heat damage the enzymes of the raw honey? I’ve seen a few blogger baking with raw honey, but I don’t want to waste my precious liquid gold if the heat compromises the benefits. Your thoughts?

    • Reply Renee Kohley September 19, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Rachael! You are right – the heat does damage some of the nutrients in the raw honey but it does not damage the minerals. So those are intact and honey affects blood sugar differently than straight sugar which is why I like to use it. You could use pure maple syrup or blackstrap molasses if you wish which are both excellent in mineral content and better on blood sugar than plain sugar. The color and flavor will be a slightly different (the flavor using molasses will be quite different but still good) but it would work. I hope that helps!

  • Reply J November 4, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    These look great! Wondering if anyone has tried with lime instead?

  • Reply Sheila November 6, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Renee!! Boy oh boy do I LOVE your entire blog- such fabulous recipes and ideas. I was feeling so certain that I saw a picture of one of your girls with a molasses breakfast cookie- if so, where would I find the recipe for that? Thank you!! God Bless, Sheila

    • Reply Renee Kohley November 7, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Hi Sheila! Thank you for your kind words! Yes! I have been working on that recipe and it isn’t quite ready to share yet – I am really close though and should have it up by year’s end!

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  • Reply Lisa February 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

    These look amazing! Do you think coconut oil would work instead of butter? (I’m dairy free)

    • Reply Renee Kohley February 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Hi Lisa! Yes that should work! If you don’t care for a coconut flavor to your cookie you could try palm shortening instead – I tend to feel like palm shortening bakes more like butter and gives a better flavor. I hope that helps!

  • Reply J March 19, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Renee! Just popped by to let you know these are one of our favourites! I usually make them a little smaller and we eat them for snacks (for some reason my toddler can’t get behind cookies for breakfast. What?!!) But we love them and they are in regular rotation here. There’s a double batch in the oven right now. Thank you for keeping our bellies happy and nourished!

    • Reply Renee Kohley March 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      Oh hey! That makes my day! Thanks for letting me know πŸ™‚

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  • Reply Heather July 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    These cookies are wonderful! My whole family loved them. I store them in the freezer and just let them sit on the counter for a few minutes in the morning. They are a great consistency.

    • Reply Renee Kohley July 29, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Heather! That is so great! I’m glad you enjoyed them!

  • Reply Veronica August 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Hi there! How do you freeze them? In a zipploc bag? Do you put something (parchemin paper maybe) between the cookies?

    • Reply Renee Kohley August 11, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Hi Veronica! I just let them cool and pop them in a freezer bag! No parchment paper needed!

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    Wow, these look great! I have 2 lemon trees that are almost always producing. But I have a question about being dairy-free, and use of butter. Is there a good alternative?

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      Hi Pamela! Softened coconut oil should work!

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  • Reply Alice Emery February 26, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    What is the approximate time for the second beating? You say “till frothy” but I beat them about two minutes with no real change from 10 seconds. Also, how to tell when they are done? Do they get toasty on top?

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  • Reply Danyelle Jones January 28, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    5 stars
    Yummy. And so good with tea. These are a treat we are happy to indulge in – we go right on ahead and make a double batch! Easy to amend to fit dietary needs (we like brown rice syrup in place or combined with honey) and always welcome with the soft, fluffy, texture. Thanks for another great recipe, Renee!

  • Reply Trina Narankevicius March 7, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    These look wonderful! Do you think any other regular flour would work instead of tapioca and white rice? We are not a gluten-free home, and I have no experience with those flowers. I do have coconut flour on hand… I mostly use einkorn and whole wheat in all of my baking. I also have some almond flour I use. Thoughts?

    • Reply Renee Kohley March 16, 2019 at 11:01 am

      I’m sure it would work, you will just have to play around with the amount of einkorn or wheat. Coconut flour will be too dry unless you add more liquid or back off on the amount and you don’t want all coconut flour or it will be brittle.

  • Reply Michelle February 6, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Can I use maple syrup instead of honey? Thanks

    • Reply Renee Kohley February 9, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Michelle! Yes that would be fine!

  • Reply Allison December 29, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Hi, Renee! Thanks for your fabulous clean/whole foods recipes and blog! We love your recipes!
    Can you tell me if you’ve added collagen to this recipe? If so, how much did you use? Thanks in advance!

    • Reply Renee Kohley December 30, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      Hi Allison! Yes I have! About 3-4 tablespoons!

  • Reply Allison December 31, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Thanks so much!!! Happy New Year to you and your family! πŸ’™

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    These are delicious, Renee! We made them with limes this morning since we are out of lemons. Yum!

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