Citrus Sugar Gems

Citrus Sugar Gems

Great Food Blogger Cookie SwapWhen I heard that there was going to be a blogger cookie swap that benefited Cookies for Kid’s Cancer, I was all in. This time of year I’m already baking a ton of cookies and other baked goods for family and friends anyway. What’s another few dozen cookies that not only will bring a bit of sweetness to another blogger’s family, but also raise money for a cause that is so very worthy?

Cookie SwapAnd I’m really glad that I agreed to participate because it was so much fun to find cookies in my mailbox. That’s quite the rare occurrence, I’ll have you know. I’m the one usually sending people cookies. Not the other way around. So this was a super special treat.

I received yummy ginger cookies from Koko Likes, malted salted brown butter cookies from The Baker Chick and orange spice sables from Adventures in the Kitchen. All were so very wonderful and quickly gobbled up by my four kids. And maybe I might have snarfed down a few. Maybe.

Citrus Sugar GemsMy contribution to the cookie swap was Citrus Sugar Gems. I had been working with chocolate all week long and was dying to make something different. Something a little zippier with a nice crunchy coarse sugar topping. These Citrus Sugar Gems were just what the doctor ordered after days on end of chocolate this that and the other thing. I never thought Id say it, but you can have too much chocolate.

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Citrus Sugar Gems
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 dozen
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  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp lime zest
  • coarse sugar for rolling cookies in
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Using a mixer, beat the butter and white sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and continue to beat for three more minutes.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well. Add to the butter/sugar mixture and beat at medium speed for several minutes. Add zest and continue to beat for two more minutes.
  4. Roll dough into 1½" balls. Coat with coarse sugar. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for eight to ten minutes. Remove from pan and cool on cooling rack.



  1. Jennifer B. says:

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting this recipe since you posted about it at Melanie in the Middle. I’m thrilled to see it appears as though even someone with my limited skills could make these. They look and sound delicious.

  2. Good Morning Melanie! Too much chocolate??! Never! Okay, I admit sometimes I can over do it. In this case I agree with Jennifer; I have been keeping my eye out for this recipe since the Cookie Chaos post on Melanie in the Middle. Your Citrus Sugar Gems do look and sound wonderful. I can’t wait to try them! Maybe today.

  3. Jennifer E says:

    I am so happy to have been a recepient of these wonderfully tasty cookies. And I may just be making a batch next weekend to add to my Christams Eve dessert tray. Thank you!

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