Clementine Cookies

December 3, 2021mayurisjikoni




Clementine Cookies are made from the basic sugar cookie dough. These quick and easy cookies are delicately flavoured with fresh clementine juice and zest. The basic sugar cookie dough is so versatile, add flavours of your choice, roll them into balls and bake, roll them out flat and bake – whatever you prefer. With a slightly soft chewy centre these cookies are quite popular during Christmas.

I baked this batch and family visiting us from US loved them. Planning to bake some more soon for Christmas to gift to neighbours and new friends we have made in the small town of Magog, Quebec. Actually, the whole idea of adding clementine juice and zest for these cookies came about when my son and hubby came back home from a shopping spree with a whole box of them. Hubby will not have them unless someone peels them for him and I find that annoying. My son took some with him went he went back to Montreal. And I personally love these sweet, Vitamin C rich, seedless, full of dietary fibre citrus fruit.

Clementines are full season here and making best use of them, or rather having one everyday. I do have a dessert lined up using clementines.

What Are Clementines?

Clementines are a type of mandarins. Small in size, sweet, easy to peel and seedless, they make a great snack option for kids and adults. Use them for desserts, salads or in bakes. They usually are not sour or bitter. They are a cross between a sweet orange and Chinese mandarin. Mostly grown in China, Spain, Algeria, Morocco. They are also called cuties or sweeties. Like oranges, clementines are considered as winter fruits.


How To Prepare The Clementine Zest or Peel

As this fruit is easy to peel, it can be tricky to zest or grate the peel as we normally do for oranges and lemons. As clementine has a thin pith, I peeled the peel off and chopped it finely using a sharp knife.

Clementine Juice

Clementines are not as juicy as oranges. Having said that, I used two of them to get the required amount of juice. You may replace the juice with fresh orange juice, water or milk. However, it is worth squeezing out clementine juice. Simply eat the leftover pulp and fibre instead of throwing it away.

Roll Into Balls or Roll Them Flat?

With this dough you can try out both methods. For rolling them into balls and baking, simply roll the dough into the desired size and bake. If you want to roll them flat with a rolling pin and then using a cookie cutter, you may need to leave the dough in the fridge for at least 30-45 minutes. Or prepare the dough and leave it in the fridge overnight.

What Else You Can Use Instead Of Clementines?

Replace the clementine with other citrus fruits of your choice.

Add chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruits, etc.

Add flavourings of your choice.

Coating With Sugar

Roll the balls in sugar before baking. Adds a crunch. However, you can omit this step if you wish. Use normal white sugar, coarse sugar, coloured sugar, etc.

A Bit About The Group:

In brief, every month a new theme is chosen by members. Furthermore, the participants are paired up. In turn, they give each other 2 secret ingredients to use in their recipe which is prepared fitting the theme.

As soon as their dish is ready, the photo is shared on our Facebook group. The other participants try and guess the secret ingredients. Towards the end of the month the recipe is shared on the group. Furthermore, members get to know each other and interact with them.


This Month’s Theme, Christmas Bake is what we call the Admins Theme. My co admin is Renu who blogs at Cook With Renu. For this theme she has prepared  an easy to make Eggless Semolina Cake with mixed fruit peel and pineapple extract.


My Partner

This month my partner is a blogger friend whom I’ve known now for over 8 years. Sujata who blogs at Batter Up With Sujata, has a wide variety of Bengali recipes and bakes where she tries to use different kinds of flours besides the usual plain or wheat flours. On my list to try out from her blog is Dim Kosha, a spicy egg curry and Date Millet Peanut Butter Cookies, which are vegan and gluten free.

I suggested that she uses butter and vanilla in her Christmas bake and she gave me sugar and egg as my secret ingredients. She included her given secret ingredients in her festive and delicious looking Almond Pistachio Star Cookies.

Some Christmas Bake Ideas

Eggfree Wheat Christmas Cake is easy to make, fruity and pure Chirstmas Indulgence. Go on bake it for your family or to gift it to loved ones.
Check out this recipe
Easy Christmas Cake is a fruity, nutty and spicy cake, just as a Christmas Cake should be. However, for this recipe you don't need to soak the dried fruits for months or at all. This makes the cake much less denser than Christmas Cakes with soaked fruits. 
Check out this recipe
Italian Sesame Seed Cookies/ Biscotti Regina, a classic Italian treat, so crunchy and lemony. These authentic Italian cookies are so easy to make.
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Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies, warm with spices, soft and slighty chewy, a must have during Christmas or the Holiday Season.
Check out this recipe
Wheat Orange Oat Cookies, so delcious, crunchy and easy to bake. Full of oats and coconut, these cookies are perfect for the festive season.
Check out this recipe
Dunk Cornflakes Cookies in milk, tea or coffee and enjoy them as a snack or make them as edible gift for loved ones.
Check out this recipe
Amazingly crispy, crunchy and delectable Kenyan Biscuits. Perfect for festivals, celebrations and ideal as edible gift.
Check out this recipe

Orange Saffron Semolina Cake – a different kind of cake to enjoy for Christmas, light with a melt in the mouth kind of texture.

Pistachio and Rose Cake – an exotic bake for Christmas, flavorful and aromatic.

Orange Chocolate Muffins – egg free, with candied cherries and ideal for kids as some don’t like dense fruit cakes.

Kerstkransjes -Dutch Christmas Cookies – can use them to hang on Christmas Trees

Ingredients Required For Clementine Cookies

  • Plain Flour – all purpose flour. I have not tried making sugar cookies with wheat flour.
  • Baking Powder – scoop the baking powder with a measuring spoon. Level if off with the blade of the knife.
  • Baking Soda – soda bicarbonate. Scoop the baking soda with a measuring spoon. Level if off with the blade of the knife.
  • Salt – add some if you are using unsalted butter.
  • Sugar – for this recipe best to use normal/regular white sugar. Need for the dough and extra for rolling the cookie balls in.
  • Butter – use either salted or unsalted. If using unsalted add some salt, about ½ tsp. Softened butter but not melted. Allow chilled butter to come to room temperature.
  • Egg – large. Remember to take the egg out of the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. For egg free version replace the egg with ¼ cup plain thick yogurt.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Clementines – for the zest I used one whole clementine. I used 2 for the juice. Can replace the juice with orange juice, milk or water if you wish. As it was difficult to use a zester, I peeled the clementine and chopped the peel finely using a sharp knife. You can use your herb mill.





Clementine Cookies

Clementine Cookies are made from the basic sugar cookie dough. These quick and easy cookies are delicately flavoured with fresh clementine juice and zest.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine International
Servings 55 small cookies


  • cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter approx. 200g
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp clementine zest
  • 3-4 tbsp clementine juice
  • Extra Sugar for rolling


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Prepare the baking trays either by lining them with parchment paper or lightly greasing them with butter.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together into a large bowl.
  • Add butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Cream them together either using by using a spatula or hand held electric whisk or mixer.
  • Cream till it becomes soft and creamy.
  • Add the egg, vanilla extract, zest and juice. Mix well.
  • Add the flour mixture.
  • Using your hand, mix gently and form a dough. Once all the ingredients come together in the form of a dough, leave it. Don’t over mix.
  • Take a tablespoon of the dough and roll it into a ball.
  • Add extra sugar into a small bowl or plate.
  • Roll the ball in it.
  • Place on the baking tray.
  • Repeat the above steps with the remaining dough.
  • Make sugar you place the rolled balls at least an inch apart, as the cookies with spread out during the baking time.
  • Bake them for 10-12 minutes or until the sides or bottom are light golden in colour.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven.
  • Allow the cookies to rest on the baking tray for 5 minutes.
  • Place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container till required.


  • Can replace clementine with any other citrus fruit.
  • Add chopped nuts, dried fruits or chocolate chips.
  • All the ingredients must be at room temperature.
  • Replace the egg with ¼ cup plain thick yogurt for egg free version.
  • Use coarse sugar or coloured sugar for rolling the cookie balls.
  • To roll the dough out flat and cut into shapes using a cookie cutter, chill the dough in the fridge for 45-60 minutes. Cover it with cling film.
Keyword christmas cookies, clementine cookies, easy to make sugar cookies

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  • Shridhar Preeti

    December 12, 2021 at 5:54 am

    5 stars
    Mayuri, these butter cookies with citrusy flavor from Clementine are a huge favourite at home. I make these with oranges. I also add orange zest to the sugar used for rolling.
    I like that you have used Clementine juice also in the recipe. Will try out next time using juice.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 12, 2021 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you so much Preeti. I use this recipe for all citrus fruits. Try with lemon too, tastes really good.

  • Radha

    December 13, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing flavored cookies. I add orange zest and mandarin zest (asically whatever I have in hand!) Like you said sugar cookie dough give numerous options and love this amazing cookie with satisfying flavors! Spot on!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 18, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      Thank you so much Radha and yes the recipe is versatile as one can add any flavours, and other ingredients.

  • Bachhav Poonam

    December 14, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    5 stars
    I love the refreshing citrus flavors in my bakes. These clementine juice and zest flavored sugar cookies look so delectable and festive !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 18, 2021 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam. Perfect for the festive season.

  • Anu Kollon

    December 14, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    These Clementine cookies look so soft and buttery. Although I eat Clementimes, never thought of adding them to cookies. Would love to try it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 18, 2021 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you so much Anu, it is my favourite fruit. And tastes equally good in bakes.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    December 16, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Clementine Cookies look absolutely beautiful. You have baked pretty well. I love the citrusy flavor in baking and these are totally my kinda cookies !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 18, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita. Friends and family loved the clementine flavoured cookies.

  • Renu

    December 16, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    5 stars
    I love clementines and clementine cookies looks so delicious. I would say it would have not been easy to remove the clementine zest as the skin is a bit soft compared to the big size orange or lemon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 18, 2021 at 4:41 pm

      Thank you so much Renu, as clementine peels easily, I had to chop up the peel finely with a sharp knife. Worth the trouble.

  • Seema Sriram

    December 19, 2021 at 4:34 am

    5 stars
    Just baked these for some last-minute Christmas gifting today. They came out beautiful and my house smells amazing, festival kind!! Waiting for it to cool is taking too long!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 28, 2021 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you so much Seema for trying out the recipe. I totally understand when you have to wait patiently for the cookies to cool down.

  • Sujata Roy

    December 20, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    5 stars
    Mayuri I can’t express how I love the recipe. Clementine cookies looks so cute and delish. I love sugar coated cookies and with the zest and juice of Clementine it’s flavor must be divine. One more bake to try from your vast collection of baked recipes.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 28, 2021 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata. I too loved how the cookies turned out. If you don’t get clementime, try with tangerine (santra)

  • Maria

    December 22, 2021 at 1:16 am

    5 stars
    Beautiful cookies and clicks! The cookies look melt-in-the-mouth delicious. And such easy to follow, doable recipe, Mayuri! 👌

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 28, 2021 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you so much Maria, they definitely were melt in the mouth kind of cookies.

  • Narmadha

    December 23, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    5 stars
    Clementine cookies look so soft and delicious. Love the citrus flavor in anything. Your picture makes it feel so festive and perfect for gifting to friends and family.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 28, 2021 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you so much Narmadha. Friends and family loved the cookies.

  • Preethicuisine Preethicuisine

    December 24, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    5 stars
    Clementine cookies are baked to perfection. Cookie dough is so versatile. Citrus flavoured cookies are always addictive . Lovely cookies to enjoy this festive season.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 28, 2021 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi. The cookie dough is definitely very versatile.

  • Kalyani

    December 25, 2021 at 1:10 am

    5 stars
    I have tasted mandarins but not clementines, but I bet the citrusy twist to these buttery cookies must be such a delight to bite into !! super delish they look

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 28, 2021 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani. They do taste a bit like mandarin but much sweeter. The citrusy flavour was a hit with whom ever I gifted the cookies.

  • Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth

    January 14, 2022 at 10:44 am

    5 stars
    What an amazing citrusy bake! Any citrus fruit including clementine is a favorite in bakes. I haven’t tried cookies so far though I have loved them in cakes and brownies. Must try these cookies sometime.. and totally love how festive your clicks feel…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 14, 2022 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you so much Rafeeda. Go ahead and try out the recipe. Clementine zest adds an awesome taste.

  • Clementine Cheesecake – Mayuri's Jikoni

    November 18, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    […] Clementine Cheesecake is a sweet and tangy easy to make, creamy, delicious dessert that will definitely impress your guests at any party. I made the mini version for my Diwali party. The reason I did that is because I had several dessert and Indian sweet options. By making them all mini or small, I wanted my guests to taste them all. Worked out perfectly except that I couldn’t remove the base of those mini tart molds. But they didn’t mind that. Go ahead and make it for your Christmas Party. I know I am along with my Clementine Cookies. […]

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