Dark Chocolate Lemon Pixies
Dark Chocolate Lemon Pixies

Dark Chocolate Lemon Pixies

Explore the unique flavor combination of chocolate and lemon in these dark chocolate fudgy pixie cookies.

45 min
02 hrs 30 min


1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter

4 ounces high-quality dark chocolate baking bar,  broken into pieces

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest

Powdered sugar

2 tablespoons (1-inch) candied lemon peel


 *Substitute 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Melt butter and chocolate in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, 8-10 minutes or until smooth. Cool 10 minutes.

  2. STEP 2

    Pour melted chocolate mixture into bowl. Add 1 cup flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder, vanilla and salt; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Stir in remaining flour, cocoa and lemon zest. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 300°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 14-16 minutes or until just set.

  5. STEP 5

    Press 1 piece candied lemon peel immediately into center of cookie. Remove to cooling rack; cool completely.

Tip #1

Candied lemon peel may be difficult to find, especially after the holidays. Make homemade lemon peel by placing 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in saucepan. Cook over medium-high until mixture comes to a boil and sugar is dissolved. Remove peel from lemon, using vegetable peeler, being careful not to cut too far into white layer under peel. Cut peel into 1x1/8-inch slices; add to sugared water. Cook peel 5 minutes. Strain lemon peel from sugar water onto parchment or waxed paper. Cool completely. Store refrigerated.


3Fat (mg)
20Cholesterol (mg)
75Sodium (mg)
16Carbohydrates (g)
1Dietary Fiber
2Protein (g)


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  December 21, 2014

We made these with 1/2 a cup less sugar and some more cocoa powder, and they were delicious! Not too dense, and they pretty much looked exactly like the picture.

— says Oedipa Maas
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